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.
posted April 27, 2017
The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation recently awarded $401,000 in grants to organizations throughout the five-county area. These awards are from the Community Foundation’s designated endowments and include support for arts and culture, education, environment, health and human services, and youth.
“These recent grant awards demonstrate our commitment to matching donor passion with purpose,” said Phil Ellis, executive director. “With each grant award, there are one or many donors that have wrapped their arms around the mission of an organization with enough passion to give in a way that supports the forever benefit an endowment affords.”
Grantees include a variety of organizations across the region including TART Trails, Child and Family Services, Inland Seas Education Association, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Traverse Symphony Orchestra, Central Lake District Library, and many more. A full grantee list is available at www.gtrcf.org.
Ellis added that it’s the job of the Community Foundation and its Board to ensure that donor intent is met by awarding grants to organizations that are working every day to benefit the lives of those in area communities.
“This role is demonstrated through grants like these from designated endowments, where a named organization is the grantee and a grant is available annually as unrestricted support for the nonprofit’s mission or to support a designated program or service,” said Ellis. “We also award grants in partnership with donors that have an ongoing role in recommending awards and through our annual scholarship and grant cycles.”
Ellis said they anticipate awarding about $2 million over the course of this year. Over its 25 year history, the Community Foundation has awarded $50 million in grant awards and now stewards $50 million in permanent endowment assets.
“Our vision is for our region to engage in and leverage philanthropy in support of strong, vibrant, and healthy communities,” said Ellis. “Within that, we embrace our role as a local giving partner. Today we steward the intent of donors that came before us and are actively working with donors whose giving will ensure that philanthropy will be here to support our communities and the people in them for the next 25 years and beyond.”
The Community Foundation for Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau Counties was established in 1992 and is a local giving partner, working with donors, nonprofits, and volunteers to promote philanthropy and engage in community leadership, enrich our communities with grant dollars, and build endowments to make a lasting impact and enhance the quality of life in the region for generations to come.