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About Us

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 five-county region then, now, and forever.

This vision lives on within our organization today as we continue supporting a variety of community need 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. 

To date, we have received more than $123 million in gifts and awarded over $65.7 million in grants and scholarships.


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


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



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.

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