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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.

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Parting Thoughts From Phil Ellis


As the year closes, I am packing my office, clearing my emails (my filing system!), and attempting to make contact with so many friends and colleagues. As I go through files and sort things, it seems impossible that I’ve been part of the Community Foundation for nearly nine years. The Community Foundation is stronger than ever and has a very strong team of staff and board that will welcome our new CEO, David Mengebier, next week.

The work I’ve been part of at the Community Foundation has been incredibly rewarding and this region has proven to be so giving. Our specific work in philanthropy is focused on building assets to benefit the present, but even more so, future generations. Our work is to assure that our children, grandchildren and their children will have strong, healthy and vibrant communities.

It is with a thankful heart and a sense of gratitude that I thank the staff, Board, donors, and the organizations that benefit our region. This is a remarkable place to live and work and you make it that way. It is more than the waters of the bay, the beauty of the wood, the opportunities that abound here… it is you, the people, that really make this such a special place.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with all of you and may God bless you in all that you do.


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