Community Stories

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

Love Our Furry Friends

Thanks to a gift from dog lovers, Dan and Sheryl Kuznar, Pound Buddies Animal Shelter is helping more dogs find forever homes!

Giving with an IRA

Boating safety at the Muskegon channel was a significant issue until Lou and Ann Eklund lit up the south pier with the gift of an IRA.

The Perfect Birthday Gift

As her father's 80th birthday approached, Shirley Bloomfield wondered, "What can I get a man who has everything he needs?" To celebrate her father's love of the community, she created a Donor Advised Fund for her parents, David and Barbara Bloomfield.

Investing in Wellness

Healthy kids learn better, but in the rural school district of Oakridge, access to health services was limited. So community organizations, generous individuals and our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) all came together to create a school-based health clinic.

Working Together

What do White Lake Township, the Land Conservancy of West Michigan, six foundations, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, and hundreds of community members have in common? A passion to preserve the White River Barrier Dunes Sanctuary.