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Fund Spotlight: George Wilbur & Edna Hansen Endowment Fund

A deep love for Pentwater motivated an area couple to remember two Pentwater organizations in their will and create a legacy through a fund held at the Foundation. George & Edna Hansen, former Pentwater residents, created the George Wilbur & Edna Hansen Endowment Fund with a $100,000 estate gift in 2005. Annual grants from the Hansen Fund equally benefit two beloved organizations to them - the Pentwater Township Library and the Pentwater Centenary Methodist Church. Since 2006 those grants have totaled $50,000 and the Fund balance has grown to $120,000 - that is the power of endowment! 

Fund Spotlight – Janie Denman Legacy & Jim Frank Memorial Funds

Two new Build a Funds were recently created at the Oceana Community Foundation, the Janie Denman Legacy Fund and the Jim Frank Memorial Fund. A “Build a Fund” provides donors the goal of reaching the $5,000 minimum for an advised fund within a few years. Once the balance is sufficient, community grants can begin.

Foundation’s scholarship program continues to help area students

What is the driving force behind local scholarships that help area students afford and graduate from college? It’s the 40 scholarship funds created by a mix of individuals, couples, families, clubs and schools, held and managed by the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC). Through 2019, these generous donors helped 158 area students avoid added student debt, by awarding $230,638 in scholarship support.

Community Impact: Fall 2019 Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Oceana County. A total of $19,500 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees and the Youth Advisory Council.

AmeriCorps VISTA and Advise MI Members Serve Oceana Students

Two local AmeriCorps positions were recently filled to confront Oceana’s education challenges and to overcome poverty barriers. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) partnered with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) for a second 3-year partnership to host an Americorps VISTA member. The other AmeriCorps member is serving Hart and Shelby High Schools as a College Advisor to begin the fourth year partnership with Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)’s Advise MI program.  

Fund Spotlight – Bob & Wilma Beckman Love Your Neighbor Fund

The Bob & Wilma Beckman Love Your Neighbor Fund was established by their sons to honor the kindly love often bestowed on friends and neighbors by their parents. When Wilma passed away, they shared these memories of their mother: “Crossroads in neighbors’ lives found her knocking on the door or sitting on a porch together, with her arms often loaded with a meal or flowers. Whenever one was lonely, she was there. Whatever the need, she said “I care.” Her deeds moved our world and by her example, we see that loyalty, sacrifice and perseverance are demonstrated through loving service. As Mother Theresa said “the fruit of love is service, the fruit of service is peace.’”

Fund Spotlight – Henry & Dorothy V. Fischer Family Fund

The Community Foundation recently introduced our newest Fundholder, Dorothy Fischer, at our annual Fundholders & Legacy Society Reception. Ironically, the reception venue used to be a working barn on her family’s farm in Rothbury, before it was moved and thoughtfully restored with many reclaimed materials by Sam and Jen Stitt to create Heritage Wedding Barns.

Indoor Little Libraries- Free Books While You Wait

Ever thought it’d be nice for the kiddos to have something to do while dad is throwing in the laundry at the mat?  Or while mom is waiting to get in to see her social worker at the local Health Department Office?  Read early. Read often. (RERO) Oceana is teaming up with local agencies and businesses to provide needed books not only for families to utilize while on site, but to take home a book of their choosing as well!

“Grand Finale” at Little Point Sable Association Church

The Little Point Sable Association (LPSA) in Benona Township is again teaming up with the Community Foundation for Oceana County to host “Grand Finale,” closing out 16 years of great music that has built an arts endowment fund at the Foundation. The concert will be held beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 27, at the beautiful and acoustically fine LPSA “Stone” Church.

Fund Spotlight – Peterson Farms Advised Fund

Peterson Farms opened a new charitable fund with the Community Foundation earlier this year, seeking to support area students, educational programming and other charitable interests for the company. Having supported community events and programs quietly in the past, they are now partnering with the Foundation to help connect the company to more area causes, to streamline their giving and to boost community impact.

Strengthening Oceana Nonprofit Leaders

Six more Oceana nonprofit leaders have been selected by the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) to attend an eight-month Leadership Learning Lab. This is the second cohort invited to participate in the series as part of a three-year program.

Community Impact: Spring 2019 Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Oceana County. A total of $28,893 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees. 

Fund Spotlight: Kirk Music & Education Fund

A family legacy of education, music, and performance is remembered with the Kirk Music & Education Scholarship Fund. The scholarship was established by Cathy Fox, in memory of her parents John & Gladys Kirk.

Fund Spotlight – Robin Bradley Memorial Funds

Robin Bradley had spent her life achieving personal goals, sharing laughter with family and friends, and traveling with her soulmate Ty. Just over a year ago, Robin, Ty and two close friends went snowmobiling at Jackson Hole, Wyoming. While there, Robin broke her leg in a snowmobiling accident. While Robin was healing, she developed several blood clots (unbeknownst to her) and tragically died seven weeks later, due to a pulmonary embolism at the age of 48.

AmeriCorps Members Work Hard For Oceana

In March Oceana County joined thousands of Americans across the country to celebrate the valuable contributions of the AmeriCorps members who pledge to “get things done” for America as part of the annual AmeriCorps Week. The weeklong AmeriCorps Week celebration also honors the contributions and support of thousands of local organizations that make AmeriCorps programs possible. Across Michigan there are 9,000 Americorps members serving at over 1,700 local service sites.  In 2019, four AmeriCorps members are serving communities across Oceana County, with two members hosted at the Foundation.

Fund Spotlight — Collin Hansen Skilled Trades Scholarship Fund

In their son's memory and honor, former State Senator Goeff and wife Tami Hansen have established a scholarship fund at the Community Foundation for Oceana County. The scholarship will support Oceana County students who are interested in entering the skilled trades.

On the Grow: Foundation Announces Move to Pentwater

March 18, 2019—Following several years of significant growth, the Community Foundation for Oceana County recently relocated to a larger space within Shelby State Bank’s Pentwater Branch. Prior to the move, the organization was located within the Bank’s Shelby Branch. The new space will accommodate additional staff to bolster the work of the organization and allow the Foundation to maintain its positive momentum.

STUDENT RESOURCES FOR ALL

Oceana College Access Network (Oceana CAN!) is proud to partner with the Michigan Rural Council to provide students and families the encouragement, support, and resources necessary for them to make informed choices about post-secondary education. The Michigan Rural Council awarded $800 to Oceana CAN! to develop and translate materials on financial readiness and college and career exploration, specifically for, but not limited to, special student populations; including Hispanic and migrant, economically disadvantaged and first generation college students.

SHELBY ROTARY WANTS TO SEND KIDS TO CAMP

The Shelby Rotary Club and the Community Foundation for Oceana County are pleased to offer the opportunity for Oceana youth to attend summer camp. Both groups want to impact the youth of Oceana County whom, due to financial hardship, may never have the opportunity to attend camp. Awards are capped at $250 per applicant...

FOUNDATION RECEIVES SIGNIFICANT BEQUEST

The Legacy Society recognizes individuals and couples who have named the Community Foundation for Oceana County as the beneficiary of any type of gift in their will or trust.  “You don’t have to be Bill Gates to leave a legacy.  We all have the opportunity to move the dial for Oceana. Maybe it is by one small degree, maybe it is by a huge step. We become part of a community team, working together to create impact in ways that are important to us as individuals,” says Foundation Director Tammy Carey. One such member is Bill Moyer, who recently left a $200,000 bequest to the Foundation

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