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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.


Give Now

At your Community Foundation partner with you to fulfill your philanthropic interests and intent. With approximately 300 existing charitable funds, and the opportunity to create a new fund, we have many ways for you to give now and begin to experience the joy of watching your philanthropic dollars at work.


A cash gift is the simplest way to give. You are eligible for a charitable tax deduction that will provide you with savings on this year’s tax return. 

  • Donate Online. Make a secure online gift to an existing fund.
  • Mail a Check. Community Foundation, 250 E. Front Street, Ste. 310, Traverse City, MI 49684. Make your check payable to the Community Foundation with the fund to which you are giving noted in the memo line.


A gift of your securities, including stocks and bonds, is an easy way for you to make a gift.  By making a gift of your appreciated securities, you can avoid paying capital gains tax that would otherwise be due if you sold these assets.

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