Leave a Lasting Impression.  Here's How.
Cleo M. Purdy Endowment

A Central Lake native, Cleo Purdy's passion for children and young families lives on because of her generous heart and thoughtful planning. Supporting programming for preschool, playgroups, and family engagement, her gift will continue to impact generations of families.

Gifts great and small make a meaningful difference in the communities we treasure. By aligning our gifts with what means the most to us, we can create a lasting and personal impression.


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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