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Learn about your local community foundation

• Feb 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM

Are you curious about the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation and how its scholarship program works?

The public is invited to the Grand Haven Women's Club meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, to learn more.

Foundation President Holly Johnson will give a presentation at the noon meeting at First Presbyterian Church, 508 Franklin Ave. in Grand Haven. All are welcome, including men. Light refreshments will be served and there is no charge to attend.

Johnson will present an overview of the organization, which has been recognized as one of the top performing community foundations in the nation in terms of gifts per capita. Beth Larsen, director of grants and nonprofit services, will talk about the grant-making process and a new funding initiative to support the Michigan Health Endowment Fund.

They also will talk about the Women's Club scholarship fund and other scholarship opportunities.

Johnson has been president of the Grand Haven foundation for three years, but she’s been involved in it for the past eight years. She has a deep knowledge of our community as well as the broader community foundation field. She has a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership.

The Grand Haven Women’s Club has a long history of awarding scholarships to deserving local students. According to club history, “On March 2, 1956, the club decided to aid a deserving young woman who wanted to go to college” and established a Student Aid Committee. The club voted to help Shirley Stocklin for four years at Alma College, “providing her grades remained satisfactory.” The club’s current fund at the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation was established in 2001 and provides scholarships for non-traditional area women.

Founded in 1891, the Grand Haven Women's Club is dedicated to enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. With an emphasis on “women helping women,” the club assists a variety of local charities including the MammAide Program to help make mammograms available at the North Ottawa Community Health System.




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