Community Stories

A Pleasant Surprise

In 1998, the Community Foundation was surprised to learn that it had been left $1.8 million as the result of a trust established by Alta Daetz, a second-grade teacher in Muskegon Public Schools for many years.

Quiet Life. Community Heart.

Carl Orton lived a quiet, honorable life. Material things didn’t matter to him: he never owned property, had few possessions, no phone or TV.

Celebrating a birthday with love!

Ken Kolberg’s friends and family celebrated his 100th birthday with a party, and a purpose: supporting education! Instead of the usual wrapped presents, gifts were directed to the Ken & Clara Kolberg Family Scholarship Fund!

Saying thank you.

Joey Hekkema loved being a drummer in the Mona Shores Marching Band. When he passed away six years ago, his family and friends created the Joey Hekkema Memorial Fund to help other Mona Shores band students.

Update: Native American Sculpture

An update on the 16-foot monumental black granite sculpture, entitled "All My Relations," by Michigan Anishinaabe artist, Jason Quigno.

Sharing a Legacy of Acceptance

Gilana Shira Alpert had a zest for life. When she unexpectedly passed away in 2007, Gilana’s family established a fund at the Community Foundation to honor her memory.

Using Forks to Raise Funds

The Margaret Shaw Memorial Fund was created by the Paine family, owners of Metalworks Inc. in Ludington, in honor of Sidney Shaw's wife, Margaret, who passed away in 2004. The Shaw family grew the fund over the years and, when Sidney retired, decided to begin actively developing it. 

“Celebrate Community Prize” Winners Give Back

A little over a year ago, the M.A.R.S Rovers FIRST Robotics team captured hearts at the Community Foundation’s Annual Gathering and went home with the $10,000 “Celebrate Community” prize. Now they're working around the community volunteering and giving back.

Anne & Allan Dake Receive Foundation Award

For 18 years, the Community Foundation for Muskegon County has presented the annual Patricia B. Johnson Community Leadership Award to recognize a dynamic individual, couple, or organization with visionary leadership and a strong spirit of innovation.

Love Your Community Winners

Love YOUR community? A lot of people do! Read about the winners of our mini-grant contest! #InclusionInAction