The top position at the foundation opened when Ann Tabor announced her retirement after serving as its president for the past 10 years.
Johnson has worked at the foundation for five years — most recently as vice president of development. She led the development and community service initiatives, and also has been involved with community foundation initiatives on a statewide level by presenting development topics at conferences throughout the state and co-chairing the Michigan Development Affinity Group through the Council of Michigan Foundations. In addition, Johnson provided leadership for the foundation’s two affiliate foundations in Allendale and Coopersville.
“Holly’s wide and deep knowledge of our community, as well as the broader community foundation field, paired with her master’s degree in nonprofit leadership and her proven track record in fund development, make her uniquely qualified for this important position” said Tom Creswell, chairman of the foundation's Board of Trustees.
Johnson will succeed Tabor as president on Jan. 1.
During Tabor’s tenure at the foundation, the assets of the foundation doubled in size and the organization has consistently been recognized as a top-performing community foundation in the nation, in terms of gifts per capita.
“Ann provided skilled and compassionate leadership in her role as president,” Johnson said. “It is a great honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of leading such an important community asset and continue the strong leadership tradition at our community foundation.”
The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, which is in its 41st year of serving the Tri-Cities area, has grown in assets from $1,250 in 1971 to more than $60 million today, and is the 10th-largest community foundation in Michigan. Since its founding, the foundation has made grants totaling about $40 million.