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Annual Update 2014
Annual Update 2013

Radio Interview (2017) – “Meeting Oceana’s Greatest needs”

Radio interview (2015) “Foundation update”

 

Recent News

Oceana Nonprofit Leaders Chosen for Leadership Initiative

Six Oceana nonprofit leaders have been selected by the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) to attend an eight month Leadership Learning Lab. Facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, the Leadership Learning Lab seeks to connect and empower nonprofit leaders and give them the skills to strengthen the organizations and communities they serve.

“It’s De-Lovely” 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 “It’s De-Lovely” -- an evening of entertainment that is also an investment in Oceana County arts. The concert will be held beginning at 8 p.m. on Saturday, July 28, at the beautiful and acoustically fine LPSA “Stone” Church that’s located one mile west of Cherry Point Market near Silver Lake, at Buchanan Road and Stone Church Road.

Community Impact: Spring 2018 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 $24,374 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees.

Students Helping Teachers

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) awarded funds to 100% of the teacher mini-grants submitted this spring. Additional resources beyond the youth fund were provided by the Mary Ann Peterson "Grandma Pete" Fund, the Ralph's Kids Fund (in memory of Ralph Horton) and an anonymous donor. “We invite our donor advisors to help co-fund these mini-grants so we can fulfill as many needs as possible. The anonymous donor who provided an extra $500, based on a Facebook post encouraging teachers to apply, was just the cherry on top!” said Executive Director Tammy Carey.

$834,832 Granted in 2017!

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce that $834,832 was granted out of Foundation funds to support a wide variety of nonprofit programs, leadership initiatives, student scholarships and community projects in 2017, representing a 42% increase in total grants over 2016.  “Understanding Oceana’s greatest needs and how we can be a catalyst for change definitely guides our work. We’ve become much more active in promoting economic development activities in the last couple years, including post-secondary education attainment, workforce development and capital investments in community projects. The support of our donors and their eagerness to partner have been fantastic,” said Foundation Board Chair Randy Wagner. The Foundation ended 2017 with $11.9 million in assets.

Sending Kids to Camp

The Shelby Rotary Club and the Community Foundation for Oceana County are pleased to offer the chance 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, but higher requests will be evaluated according to available funding

Book Drive to Support Read early, Read often

In its second year, children’s books collected or purchased for the Read early, Read often initiative have been flying off the shelf. Since September, nearly 2000 books have been distributed to area families with over 10% of those bilingual. With new partners all over Oceana County including food pantries, nonprofits, health and child care centers, the program is growing every day. 

SUPPORTING COMMUNITY THROUGH PHILANTHROPY

Nonprofits and community initiatives that benefit from the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) will be stronger in 2018 thanks to area people channeling their desire to help others through the Foundation. “One of the most exciting parts of my job is seeing contributors come forward in the last few months of each year as the holiday giving season approaches. Feels like Christmas every day!” said CFOC executive director Tammy Carey. 

Foundation Offers Holiday Giving Ideas

As part of its philanthropy leadership, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) annually invites area nonprofits to indicate which near-term projects and purchases can only happen with the financial support from the community. Over 59 “wishes” were submitted by nonprofits and can be found at www.oceana-foundation.org/community-wish-lists. The overall list is divided into those costing less than $500, $500-$1,500, and over $1,500.

Student Leaders Give Away Books At Halloween Events

On Halloween night members of the Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Oceana County participated in seven area Trunk or Treats events, representing the Read Early, Read Often program. Read Early, Read Often is a county wide effort in Oceana County to urge parents, siblings, grand parents and community members to read to infants and toddlers. Reading every day, everything, and everywhere will lead to success in school and in life. The program provides the support parents need to find great books for their children.

Community Impact: Fall 2017 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 $16,919 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees.

Meeting Oceana’s Greatest Needs

“The fact that we have so many residents struggling to make ends meet is the root cause of the county’s challenges. For many families they are just one unexpected expense away from a crisis,” said Community Foundation for Oceana County Executive Director Tammy Carey.

Building A Sense of “Community” in Oceana

“Wherever there’s a need, there oughta be some help,” said Dale Lathers of Mears, as he humbly accepted the Community Foundation for Oceana County’s “Greater Good Award” during its 2017 Annual Dinner Program on Oct. 2 in Pentwater. CFOC gives the award each year to recognize an individual or couple that has created large scale community impact by donating their time, talent and treasure.

Local AmeriCorps positions meet student needs

The Foundation & Oceana CAN! (College Access Network) welcomes AmeriCorps members Antoinette Welch and Danielle Siegel, who will work directly with students and the community to increase education attainment for Oceana County. Oceana CAN!'s goal is to ensure that all students pursue and complete education and training beyond high school as a means to help alleviate poverty, develop global competitiveness within our local workforce, and build and sustain a vibrant economy.

Pentwater Landmark: Gateway to Past & Present

To those who love Pentwater, the Red Barn is special. It beckons with a message: You're getting close. Pentwater is just around the corner. You're almost home.

The Fabulous Fifties Concert Raises a Record $14,000

The Little Point Sable Association (LPSA) in Benona Township again teamed up with the Community Foundation for Oceana County to host “The Fabulous Fifties” on Saturday, July 29th. A record $14,000 was raised to support arts & entertainment projects in Oceana through the LPS Arts Fund. The sold-out concert was held at the beautiful 100 year old “Stone” Church, which added to the unique charm of the evening.

Community Impact: Spring 2017 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 $25,822 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees.

Grant Deadline March 31

As part of the Community Foundation for Oceana County’s philanthropy leadership in Oceana, the Foundation recently conducted one of its periodic workshops for Oceana residents who work or volunteer at area nonprofits. The dozen attendees learned how to translate their program ideas into realistic grant request submissions that have measureable deliverables. Added Joan Lound, who led the workshop, “We remind the nonprofits to make sure that the proposals they bring to us are feasible, and that their staffing and resources enable them to complete the project. The Foundation’s staff and distribution committee carefully vets each submission and not all funding requests can be granted.” Grant applications for the next round are due by Mar. 31, 2017.

568 Books Collected!

Oceana County stepped up in an amazing way this past month and donated 568 used books for the new early literacy “Read Early, Read Often” program. “It was an overwhelming show of support,” said Program Coordinator Hannah Juhl. “The books will be a perfect fit for our program and were all in great condition as well. Almost half of the donated books were board books, ideally suited for babies and toddlers and often the most expensive to purchase.” The Youth Advisory Council of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) hosted the drive, as part of their community service.

Community Meeting to Jump-start new Early Childhood Literacy Program

The Community Foundation for Oceana County will be hosting the first Strategic Doing Meeting for the new Read Early, Read Often program on February 15 from 3:30-5pm. The meeting will be at the Oceana ESD building at 844 Griswold in Hart. Everyone is welcome to be a part of the kick-off of the program and participate in the first discussion of what this initiative will look like in the county.

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