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John N. Barnes Environmental Education Endowment

In his 24 years of life, John expressed his passion for the outdoors and beauty of Benzie County. 

The endowment in his memory was established in 1993, allowing his spirit to live on through grants supporting environmental education in Benzie County communities and preserving his passion for generations to come.


What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.

 

About Us



In 1992, a group of community champions had a vision to build a community foundation for our region. Their wish was to enrich our communities then, now and forever.

Through partnerships with donors, nonprofits and volunteers, we have the opportunity every day to bring this wish to life by promoting philanthropy and engaging in community leadership, enriching our communities with grant dollars, and building endowments to make a lasting impact for generations to come. 

MISSION STATEMENT:

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation exists to facilitate, promote and serve philanthropy and permanent endowments, thereby enhancing the quality of life in its five-county region.

We do this by:

  • Developing and supporting a diverse collection of permanent endowments supported by a wide range of donors.
  • Involving a large number of regional volunteers in building endowments and in awarding grants to benefit our communities.
  • Developing an understanding of the role of charitable giving in filling community needs.
  • Empowering youth to make a difference through grant making and leadership.
What impression will you make? Let's give it forward, together.
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