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Thank you to all who were able to attend our "A Growing Promise" Fall Celebration Event. It truly was an incredible night filled with delicious food, great people, and an inspirational program. Together, we celebrated our community's generosity and increased awareness about the exceptional work happening with the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship.
It truly was an incredible night filled with delicious food, great people, and an inspirational program. Together, we celebrated our community's generosity and increased awareness about the exceptional work happening with the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship at our largest event yet!
Special thanks to our guest speakers, Yessica and Rodrigo, who captivated the room with their stories of perseverance and hope.
The Holland/Zeeland Promise began in 2010 as a dream to replicate the Kalamazoo Promise and allow our area's young people to graduate from college or technical school without the burden of crushing student debt.
Since 2010, more than 100 individuals and businesses have supported 47 scholars as they have pursued degrees throughout Michigan. Most donors make four-year "promises" so scholars can be supported all the way through school.
Candidates are nominated by their high school or Careerline Tech Center counselors or organizations such as Upward Bound, the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holland, or Latin Americans United for Progress.
Selection is rigorous and based on a range of factors including financial need, clear motivation to achieve a college or technical degree, and strong recommendations. Additionally, most Promise recipients are the first in their families to pursue higher education.
Side-by-side support and peer mentoring set the program apart.
The Holland/Zeeland Promise boasts a 93 percent graduation rate, with many scholars choosing to return to the Holland/Zeeland area to work, live and give back.
There are two ways you can support the Promise Scholarship financially. Most donors choose to make a four-year commitment which aligns with the four-year scholarship promise we make to new students. If you are interested in making a four-year commitment, you can do so here. You can also make a one-time gift.
If you want to learn more about CFHZ or the Holland/Zeeland Promise Scholarship, don't hesitate to contact Colleen at email@example.com or 616-396-6590.
Check out the event recap featured in the MiBiz, and the Holland Sentinel News.
Outdoor Discovery Center - ecoSystem Education Network
Macatawa Area Coordinating Council - Creating a Green Infrastructure Vision for the Macatawa Watershed
Ladder Homes - Housing Capacity Expansion
Goodwill Industries of West Michigan - Holland/Zeeland Career Training Center
Beacon of Hope - Building Campaign
Two years ago, at our 2015 fall celebration event, we launched Today. Tomorrow. Forever. A Campaign for our Community's Endowment, with a three-year completion goal. We were thrilled to announce its completion one year early at this year's fall celebration. The campaign was a success well beyond our expectations and has generated $5 million in "today" gifts and a pipeline of $30 million via 100 "tomorrow" future estate gifts for our Community's Endowment. Our collective efforts promise to more than TRIPLE the size of our Community's Endowment over time!
Why this campaign? We can't predict the future, but we can prepare for it. When we pool our resources together, we can do amazing things. We truly believe that these gifts are a gift back to the entire community and an investment in Holland/Zeeland's future. These gifts will provide significant, community-wide benefit for generations to come, and we are delighted that so many were a part of this effort. With this campaign, we hoped to broaden our base of support. We're excited to share that we have estate gift commitments from every decade age group from 20's to 80's, and we had almost 350 "Today" gifts that ranged from $20 to $150,000. Holland/Zeeland has proven that all ages and income levels care about planning for our future!
Interested in how the campaign worked? Check out this brief video our friends at Boileau Communications created with us that overviews the campaign.
Our community's generosity has ensured our Community's Endowment grows both now and in the future, and it will always be here to address needs and opportunities as they arise. Thank you to all who made this possible. Holland/Zeeland will be grateful for generations to come.
Because of our community's generosity and the growth of our Community's Endowment, we're able to respond to an issue that the Foundation Board sees as both a critical need for local families and an opportunity for creative, innovative solutions. At the fall celebration, we announced that we are making a $500,000 commitment to spur a significant, community-wide effort to address our affordable housing shortage. We hope to rally the entire community to prioritize decreasing the number of people spending more than 35% of their income on housing, as that is one of the biggest contributors to financial instability, which leads to so many other challenges.
650 supporters joined us on Thursday at our fall celebration - the largest event in our history. We were thrilled to have so many of our closest partners in the room to share in the excitement! Stay tuned for the event photos from deVries photography, which we'll share via email and on our facebook page when they're available.
We are so excited to continue to partner with our generous community to make a difference today, tomorrow, and forever. Thanks to all who made this event possible and to all who attended. It was truly a bright night for us!
Check out the event recap featured in the Holland Sentinel News or watch/listen to Mike's live-recorded event remarks.
If you want to learn more about CFHZ, don't hesitate to contact Mike at your convenience at firstname.lastname@example.org or 616-396-6590.
Applications are due by Monday, April 9th!
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