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.


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.


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...