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After a detailed application review process, area students were awarded scholarships in varying amounts from 94 different scholarship funds, for a total investment of over $600,000.
Students and their families came to the Yacht Basin Marina to meet the generous donors who made it possible for the students to receive these scholarships.
Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation President and CEO, congratulated the scholars who he hopes will become future leaders in our community. “We’re honored to partner with your scholarship donors to support your educational journey,” he said.
Stacy Timmerman, Director of Scholarships, thanked the donors for their “continued support of the inspiring and deserving students.” She also addressed the students about the scholarship process. Stacy has spent many hours over the last few months reading through applications and meeting with review committees to determine recipients. “Students, please know that in our extremely competitive scholarship process, you were selected as the right person for your scholarship. We couldn’t be happier for you!” Stacy told them.
Jim Bishop from West Michigan Community Bank, who sponsored the event, shared his story on the many reasons he supports the Community Foundation. He spoke about how he received community foundation scholarships as a student and how that generosity changed his life for the better. It later inspired him to contribute financially and to get involved in board service at the community foundation as an adult. He encouraged each of the students to pay it forward to the next generation with time, talent, and/or treasure whenever they’re able.
The event also featured a student panel where four college students spoke about life in college and how different it can be from high school, some difficulties that come with college, and advice for incoming college freshman.
Stephanie Arndt from Hope College talked about how difficult it was for her to change her major and that she had to overcome her fear of claiming an English major, but it was” the most rewarding thing” she has ever done.
On advice for the scholarship recipients, student Kiannah Vandenberg from Grand Valley State University reminded the student scholars not to be upset or quit if they get a B or C on an assignment or in a course for the first time, as college classes can be very challenging and difficult even for the best students. She also talks about the opportunities of college internships which can give students college credit and experience doing something that they love.
After the panel, the reception lasted another hour with students and donors talking over cupcakes and lemonade and getting pictures taken together.
The Community Foundation is so happy to host this event that allows the students to meet and talk with their scholarship donors. We are so thankful to all of the donors for making such a big impact in the lives of these students. We congratulate these exemplary 2017 scholarship recipients and wish them every success in higher education and beyond.
Applications are due by Monday, April 9th!
VIEW THE VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND DONOR SERVICES JOB DESCRIPTION
‘Tis the season when many people are considering their year-end charitable giving. It is our favorite time of year at the Community Foundation because we never cease to be inspired by the generosity in our community. This year many are considering the new landscape laid out by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (The Act) signed into law in December of 2017 as they determine how and how much they are going to give this year.
Since the passing of The Act we have shared what we believe is the good news for charitable giving. For starters, the reasons people give charitably are many and varied and most often align with a desire to give back and help others. A leading indicator of how much individuals will give is their available discretionary income. That might be the best news of all as the primary motivation for The Act was decreasing the amount of money in the federal government and increasing the amount of money in private citizens hands.
That means people on balance will have more discretionary income to potentially give to charity. And by using one or more of the tax smart strategies laid out in this article—gifting appreciated assets, bunching donations into one tax year and making qualified charitable distributions from one’s IRA—individuals and companies have the opportunity to give even more this year.
Let’s take a look at the main points of The Act that are likely to have the largest impact and how this may affect charitable giving.
The tax benefit is rarely the main reason people support nonprofits in the first place. People give because they want to make a positive difference in the lives of others and in our world. The needs in our community didn’t go away, so your opportunity to care for your neighbor didn’t go away either. And you will likely be able to give just as much to charity as you have in the past and still increase the amount of your income due to the lower tax rates.
CFHZ President/CEO Mike Goorhouse is delighted to have Colleen join the staff “Colleen is the perfect fit for this position and I couldn’t be more grateful that she is willing to bring her talents and passion to our organization. With her successful track record of fundraising in this community, her connections with professional advisors and her longstanding personal commitment to our mission, I believe Colleen is going to take the Community Foundation’s development and donor service work to new heights!”
Hill has been involved with the Community Foundation for 10 years and served on the Board and Distribution Committee since 2016. In addition to her service at the Community Foundation, Hill is actively involved in a number of community organizations. She currently chairs the advisory council of Kid's Food Basket – Holland and serves on the board for Center for Women in Transition. Hill was formerly Chair of the Center for Women in Transition’s Forward Together Endowment Campaign, co-chair of the Herrick District Library millage campaign and past board member of the Holland Young Professionals. “It is such an honor to join the amazing team at the Community Foundation. It gives me great joy to know that so many individuals, families and companies have put their faith in the Community Foundation. I consider it a great responsibility to serve and guide donors toward achieving their giving goals.” Hill said. “I have long valued our Community’s Endowment and its ability to respond swiftly to the ever-changing needs of our community and invest strategically in initiatives that will enable our community to thrive today, tomorrow and forever.”
Hill succeeds Ann Query, who served as CFHZ’s part-time Director of Development for the last 18 months. “We couldn’t be more grateful to Ann for helping us out this last year and a half as we finished our campaign and tried to keep up with the increased demand for our services. She has been committed to CFHZ for more than 25 years and her passion for our mission has inspired many to support our work.” says Mike Goorhouse. Prior to joining the staff, Query served on CFHZ’s Board of Trustees for over 15 years, serving as Chair of the Board on two different occasions.
Dear Friends of the Foundation,
I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and are looking forward to a great year ahead.
I write to you today filled with gratitude and excitement. Over the last few years, you have heard me talk extensively about how the Community Foundation’s work is divided into two parts: building our Community’s Endowment and providing Donor Services.
From 2015–2017, we prioritized the Community’s Endowment side of our work as we engaged in our Today. Tomorrow. Forever. Campaign for our Community’s Endowment. With the momentum of some very generous matching donations, we spent a significant amount of time and energy elevating the important role that our Community’s Endowment plays in the long-term vitality of the Holland/Zeeland area. You all responded in amazingly generous ways that grew our Community’s Endowment by $5 million “Today” and our pipeline of “Tomorrow” estate gift commitments by more than $30 million.
With the campaign wrapped up and with the new Federal income tax law changes taking effect, in 2018 we prioritized the Donor Service side of our work. We spent time with companies, families and professional advisors highlighting the various tools we have to make giving as efficient and effective as possible. We were astounded and humbled by the deep generosity of many in our community as we received close to $20 million in contributions to Donor Service funds here at CFHZ. These gifts ranged in size from $25 to $7 million, and combined with nearly $1 million in gifts to our Community’s Endowment, led to CFHZ’s 2018 contributions totaling close to $21 million. That is more than double our previous high of $9.7 million!
These resources will impact many individuals and nonprofits in the Holland/Zeeland area, and we are honored that many of you chose to partner with CFHZ to help you best achieve your charitable goals.
For me, this record year says two things:
1. Our community is deeply generous and is committed to making a difference in the lives of others and
2. The hard work of so many staff and board members over the last 65 years has made the Community Foundation a trusted partner for many local families and companies.
Nothing inspires me more than having witnessed and felt these two things in profound ways over the last few months. It is a privilege to serve this organization and work with you all!
There was much more that happened during the year, but the above list aggregates some of the highlights from my perspective.
It was an inspiring year here at CFHZ and I want to thank each of you for all that you have done, and continue to do, to partner with the Community Foundation to ensure that the Holland/Zeeland area thrives Today, Tomorrow and Forever.
With deep gratitude,
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
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