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Community foundation a finalist in MiBiz awards

• Jan 29, 2018 at 1:00 PM

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation (GHACF) was a co-finalist in the MiBiz Best Managed Nonprofit Awards in the Large Organization category.

The awards spotlight “best business practices and excellence by nonprofit organizations throughout the region,” according to MiBiz.

Awards for small, medium and large organizations, as well as a professional achievement and young professional, were given at a ceremony at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids on Jan. 24.

“We’re honored to be recognized regionally for the impact that we are having in Northwest Ottawa County,” GHACF President Holly Johnson said. “Solving complex systemic issues requires strong partnerships, strategic collaboratives and a variety of resources. We remain grateful to all of our partners, our incredibly generous donors and our Board of Trustees — past and present."

The nomination focused on the work the foundation has done to help develop the Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium, which will open later this year.

“This will be a waterfront green space that our community will be proud of and other communities will be inspired to recreate for themselves,” Johnson said. “This space will be more environmentally conscious, with less concrete and more grass to protect our natural ecosystems. Mostly, it will be a place for all to enjoy our waterfront and will forever serve as a way to remember a dedicated local philanthropist, Lynne Sherwood.

“Our visioning and funding of Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium is a shining example of how we are working with all sectors to better our community today and forever,” Johnson added. “The people in our community are familiar with our mission, and we’re excited to share our good work with the larger West Michigan community.”

The GHACF was a co-finalist with the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland. The two foundations are working together on Housing Next, a cross-sector collaborative initiative involving nonprofit, government, and business partners that have strived to create and promote a strong economic case for additional workforce housing units in Ottawa County.

Other Lakeshore organizations were also recognized. The Center for Women in Transition was named the finalist for medium-sized organization and Extended Grace was the winner for small organization.

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