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About the Community Foundation

The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation began in 1992 when a group of community champions came together around a vision to give back to our region then, now, and forever.

This vision lives on within our organization today as we continue supporting a variety of community impact areas, including youth, arts and culture, education, environment, and health and human services.

We do this by promoting giving, engaging in collaborative leadership, supporting nonprofit organizations through meaningful grants and local students through scholarships, and building endowments that make a lasting impact for generations to come. 

Since 1992, we have received more than $124 million in gifts and awarded over $69 million in grants and scholarships.

Our Vision

A region of healthy, resilient, thriving communities for all.

Our Mission

We invest in the people and places of our region and steward community assets for lasting impact.

Our Values


We believe our best work happens as individuals, as an organization, and as a community when we are creative, innovative, and continuously learning.


We listen to diverse voices, build collaborative partnerships, and foster a spirit of teamwork and interdependence.


We seek to ensure all people in our community have equitable access to opportunities for a healthy, thriving life and will ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in all facets of our work.


We cultivate a culture of generosity by celebrating giving of all kinds and by nurturing authentic relationships that are built on empathy, kindness, and trust.


We build trust and confidence through honesty, transparency, open communication, and fairness; and engage in best practices through National Standards certification.


We are responsible stewards of the human, financial, and natural resources entrusted to our care and committed to those resources contributing to a sustainable society, environment, and economy.

Our Strategic Plan

View our full Strategic Plan

Our DEI Commitment

"We know that to achieve inclusive, healthy, resilient, and thriving communities, all people in our region must have equitable access to the resources they need to reach their full potential. We are committed to using our leadership, resources, and voice to build toward a better future for the diverse people and places of our community."

View our full Diversity, Equity, Inclusion Statement.

Our Nondiscrimination Policy

"No person in the United States shall, on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity (as defined in paragraph 249(c)(4) of title 18, United States Code), sexual orientation, marital or parental status, political affiliation, military service, physical or mental ability, or any other improper criterion be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity funded in whole or in part with funds made available by the Foundation."

View our full Nondiscrimination Policy.