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
GERBER FOUNDATION HELPS BRING MORE BOOKS TO OCEANA
The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Gerber Foundation to support the early literacy initiative, Read early. Read often (RERO). CFOC received a $5,850 grant to support the purchase and distribution of quality children’s books to Oceana County children and families.
Community Impact: Fall 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 $12,652 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees. Awards for this round came from the Community Investment Fund, Bessie E. & Ethan Allen Gray Health Fund, Little Point Sable Arts Fund and the Youth Fund.
Holiday Giving Ideas
Have you ever considered giving a holiday gift to your community? Oceana County nonprofits have made a list and you can check it twice! As part of its philanthropy leadership, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) annually invites area nonprofits to tell us which projects and purchases can only happen with the financial support from the community. Pictured are Oceana students on a GVSU campus tour as funded last year through the wish lists!
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.
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