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Neglected, abused, lost, or surrendered all our furry friends need your help. $25 buys one case of canned cat food | $30 buys one bag of dog food | $45 buys one heartworm/felv/fiv test $50 buys one vet exam | $75 buys one round of vaccinations | $120 buys one spay/neuter $3,000 buys a play area for the dogs to run | $4,000 buys new fencing for dog kennels

It all adds up. Please donate to Cherryland Humane Society.

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Table of Contents

Cherryland Humane Society ..............................................................................inside front cover Munson Healthcare Foundations ...................................................................................................2 Editor’s Note .........................................................................................................................................3 United Way of Northwest Michigan..............................................................................................4 Inspiring Stories ...........................................................................5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 & 23 Traverse Area Community Sailing .................................................................................................6 Camp Quality .......................................................................................................................................8 Interlochen Center of the Arts ......................................................................................................10 Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan................................................................................. 12 Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools ....................................................................................... 14 Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council ........................................................................................ 16 Lions of Michigan Foundation ....................................................................................................... 18 Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing .................................................................................. 18 Traverse City Film Festival ............................................................................................................ 20 YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha...................................................................................... 20 Raymond James.................................................................................................................................22 Shop Your Community Day .......................................................................................................... 24 Charitable Events Calendar .......................................................................................... 25, 26 & 27 Grand Traverse Pavilions .....................................................................................................28 & 29 Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy ..................................................................30 & 31 Society of St. Vincent De Paul ............................................................................................ 32 & 33 Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan ............................................................... 34 Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology ..........................................................................................35 Habitat for Humanity ...................................................................................................................... 36 Inland Seas Education Association ..............................................................................................37 Manistee County Community Foundation ................................................................................ 38 Traverse Area District Library ...................................................................................................... 39 Buckets of Rain .................................................................................................................................40 Wells Fargo ........................................................................................................................................40 Hospice of Michigan ........................................................................................................................ 41 Leelanau Children’s Center ............................................................................................................ 41 Silver Muzzle Cottage ...................................................................................................................... 41 Team Zero........................................................................................................................................... 41 The Manna Food Project ................................................................................................................ 42 Traverse Health Clinic .................................................................................................................... 42 Directory Listings featuring 48 organizations ............................................................... 43 & 44 Horizon Financial...................................................................................................inside back cover The Nature Conservancy ................................................................................................back cover

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Together We’re Stronger. We are excited and grateful to be in northern Michigan, doing the work we love to do. Patients count on us to make it better. As a non-profit organization, we count on you to help. Please consider including your hospital in your holiday giving. Together we’re stronger. Cadillac Hospital Charlevoix Hospital Grayling Hospital Kalkaska Memorial Health Center Mackinac Straits Health System, St. Ignace

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Editor’s Note This is the time of year when envelopes, brochures and glossy postcards begin arriving in our mailboxes, each bearing the stories of amazing nonprofit endeavors around the world that need our support. We are asked to help feed hungry children in Africa, save wildlife in Indonesia and eliminate polio in our time. Many of these organizations are very well funded so their information, and thus their causes, often grab our attention in the stack of mail. Donating internationally or throughout the United States is, obviously, really important and very meaningful. But equally important is donating within Northern Michigan, giving back to a region that has given so much to each of us. Our goal with this Northern Michigan Guide to Giving is that, through its pages, our outstanding local nonprofits get the chance to tell their stories in a piece that commands the same kind of attention—or more—as larger nonprofits in that stack of mail. Our goal with the Guide to Giving has always been to create a place, in print and digitally on tablets and phones, where each of us can thoughtfully spend time connecting with the varied and meaningful nonprofit efforts in Northern Michigan. The hope is that readers can relax and make decisions about donating valued time and money, and, equally important, be able to return to the Guide to Giving often as decisions are made. And we wanted to create a place where our region’s nonprofits are celebrated; the expansion of that celebration through storytelling can be seen in this 2013 edition. We know that when you donate your time and money anywhere it brings rewards, both personally and to a larger community. But donating brings additional rewards to Northern Michigan that are meaningful and measurable. All ships rise when charitable giving is strong in a local community. When we donate money locally, one reward is that the humanitarian, conservationist and educational efforts we support are close by, right in our local community. Another reward is that our donations billow out beyond the nonprofits and into our community through employment, purchasing power and the relief of some of the pressure on tax dollars to do it all. Nonprofit organizations in Michigan generate around $137 billion each year in overall economic activity and provide employment to 11 percent of Michigan’s population (more than 1 of every 10 workers). For comparison, a recent study looked to sectors of Michigan’s economy where few nonprofit employees would likely reside. For example, in September 2011, the number of employees in the nonprofit sector, nearly 435,000, was less than the 506,300 employees in the manufacturing sector, but higher than the 372,900 employees in the leisure and hospitality sector. And

in Northern Michigan we see over and over again another reward: The chance to develop camaraderie with other donors and volunteers, often resulting in new friendships. While we modeled our Guide to Giving after similar publications in cities throughout the country, charitable giving in Northern Michigan is quite different than charitable giving in larger cities. In larger metropolitan regions, nonprofits often benefit from significant corporate giving. Employees from large corporations whose job it is to steer their company’s charitable giving depend upon their city’s nonprofit giving guide. But Northern Michigan does not have large corporations whose hefty donations move our nonprofit efforts forward year after year. Northern Michigan has us— individuals who care deeply about this region, whether we live here or choose to spend our precious free time here. Northern Michigan has us—people who care about the quality of the lives and the landscape of this region and reach into our pockets and our calendars to help. The traditional giving season is upon us. You may not be planning on donating, but regardless, we hope you take some time with the stories and the amazing efforts found on these pages. And if you are inspired, you should know that even a small donation goes a long way. If you find that you are not in a position to give of your time or your money right now, tuck the Guide to Giving somewhere you will find it again, when time and resources might be more plentiful. If you do think you can donate time or money, it is our sincere hope that this publication makes its way to the top of your donation pile and inspires you to give locally. We hope you turn down the corners of pages and share it with your friends. We hope you find yourself at, where you can click on Guides and Resources and scroll down to click on the cover of the 2013 Guide to Giving to access this guide from your tablet or your phone. And we hope you hit the Share button on the digital version to send it to friends and family who love this region. Northern Michigan has us. And what has always been true is true today: When we put our collective effort into something, there is simply no stopping us. This year, let’s make sure the outstanding efforts of our nonprofits make it to the top of that donation pile, and together, make a difference in our little piece of the world.

Deborah Wyatt Fellows, Editor in Chief. This Editor’s Note first ran in the 2013–14 edition of the MyNorth Guide to Giving


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Downtown Traverse City Association

Vision for a Great Downtown Great downtowns don’t just happen. Nor is it the case that the big idea that transforms one downtown will be a boon for another. Fortunately, Traverse City has a dedicated team of people who are always strategizing about how to make Northern Michigan’s premier downtown even stronger. Under the guidance of the Downtown Traverse City Association (DTCA), the community has seen its city center quickly evolve from a venue for tourists to an eclectic mix of retail and restaurants that’s now a hub of local life—and even more appealing to visitors. But whether the target is tourists or townies, the key of any downtown marketing effort is to get people walking the streets, and the DTCA has responded by introducing a slew of events to bring people in. Friday




Night Live—a weekly summer event that turns Front Street into a neighborhood block party—celebrated its 25th year in 2016. And the much younger Art Walk and Restaurant Week are new additions that have already become key economic drivers for downtown shops. In the past year, the DTCA put a big emphasis on walkability—completing a new pedestrian bridge that connects downtown to the Warehouse District and West End, and revitalizing an emerging corridor around Garland Street. And in the near future, Traverse City is set to get something the community has been clamoring for for years: A total renovation of the downtown farmers market— complete with permanent modern sheds for vendors and wider, more navigable lanes for the market’s famously large fanbase. —L.B.

Cherryland Humane Society


Finding Safe and Loving Homes Executive Director Heidi Yates isn’t exaggerating when she says it’s impossible to know what challenge might await her on any given day at the Cherryland Humane Society. In her very first week, it was figuring out what to do with 40 cats that were rescued from a pet-hoarder. On another day, it was trying to make room for a pit bull who was in need of a transfer from a downstate animal shelter. Regardless of how the pets arrive, though, the goal is the same: Find the animals safe and loving permanent homes as quickly as possible. And there are plenty of success stories. The group found homes for more than 500 animals last year—though Yates stresses that a ton of work goes into every adoption. The group spends a lot of time getting to know each animal so matches with human caretakers have the best chance of sticking. And they also vaccinate, microchip and spay or neuter all of their animals. In the coming year, Yates says she has one obvious priority: cats. Here and elsewhere, cats far outnumber dogs at shelters and are harder to adopt. “I’m hopeful there will be more progressive movement nationwide to ad-

dress that. It’s just something that continues to plague shelters.” With the newly implemented spay/neuter component, CHS is helping to reduce pet overpopulation. So if you’re a cat lover, adoption is always a clear-cut way to make an impact. And in a field where surprises are the norm, it’s still a guarantee that the humane society will have plenty of cute kitties to choose from. —L.B.

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“Every summer I see kids transform from shy, tentative and quiet to confident, strong and outgoing. These are kids from all walks of life and backgrounds. As a teacher, the immediate gratification of watching them succeed within such a short amount of time is just what has had me coming back to TACS for 20 years!” — Ben Ferris, Camp Director, Spanish Teacher, Ski Coach and Father of Two

We strive to keep our programs affordable. This is accomplished through our network of dedicated volunteers and our generous donors.

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Society of St. Vincent De Paul, Traverse City

Fresh Start

It’s no secret that it has been a rocky past few years for the Traverse City chapter of the St. Vincent De Paul Society. After a well-publicized embezzlement scandal left the chapter short on income and public trust, the group’s new organizers knew it was time for a total reboot. That effort started with a complete revamping of the organization’s resale shop—doubling the size at only a 50% increase in rent, and lowering prices to increase turnover and make its inventory of donated, gently used home goods more accessible to those on fixed budgets. Now, the all-volunteer run store is not only helping lower-income families outfit their homes, it’s again generating real dollars that St. Vincent’s can turn into aid for others in the community.

Indeed, organizers say people often don’t understand the full scope of what St. Vincent’s does. Vice President and Store Director Julie Ellalasingham says their strength is helping those who might slip through the cracks of traditional social service programs. That means doing everything from helping someone with an unexpectedly high heating bill to finding a family a place to live after a home is lost to foreclosure or fire. One of their most innovative new programs, Keep a Neighbor Warm, provides warm clothes and tents to the homeless and those in transition awaiting housing. It’s those gaps in the safety net that a new-look St. Vincent’s hopes to continue to fill with a renewed wave of support from donors and volunteers. —L.B.


Inland Seas Education Association

Inspiring Curiosity and Passion for Great Waters If your mission is to get teenagers to care about the health of the Great Lakes, it certainly helps if you can bait them with a ride on a two-masted schooner that looks like a pirate ship. The “Schoolship,” which has been the heart of Inland Seas’ education program for the past few decades, may look like something from a bygone era. But the inside is fully rigged with everything students need for a modern scientific study of Great Lakes ecology. Every year, more than 5,000 students complete hands-on research trips with Inland Seas—giving young people experience in everything from water sampling to holding down a 2 a.m. watch shift. The effort to get more kids interested in careers in science, technology, math and engineering is clearly paying off. Executive Director Fred Sitkins says many of the guest scientists they’ve hosted in recent years have actually been former students who got their start right here on the Schoolship decades ago. But Sitkins says community support remains the key to making it happen. In an era of dwindling public funds, most school groups only get to participate in the program with the generous support of community sponsors. So consider a gift for a school near you. Your kids—and a new generation of scientists—will thank you. —L.B.

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Celebrating 30 years of

“Letting Kids with Cancer Be Kids Again”

Camp Quality Michigan is a volunteer led organization that provides yearround programs, including medically supervised, week-long summer camp, at no cost, to children with cancer, ages 4-17. Camp Quality is funded through volunteer staffing, community fundraisers and private or corporate donors. PO Box 345 Boyne City, MI 49712 231.582.2471

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Join our team to promote hope and inspiration to these children.

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Munson Healthcare Foundations

Donations Keep Munson at the Forefront Though it’s rarely mentioned in the ongoing national conversation about healthcare, charitable giving continues to play a crucial role in keeping our hospital systems in good health themselves. With nonprofit systems in particular, the high-cost of doing business means there is often very little left over in hospital budgets to invest in new programs or the latest technology. In Northern Michigan, the foundations serving Munson Healthcare are continually stepping up to fill those funding gaps—funneling more than $9 million from 6,000 donors last year to hospitals across the region. That kind of giving from the community over the years has led to things like a new cancer center in Traverse City, new incubators in Grayling’s


maternity unit, and a whole new hospital in St. Ignace. But Chief Development Officer Des Worthington says the next challenge is always looming. In the coming year, Munson Healthcare will spotlight building a new family birth and children’s center at Munson Medical Center, in Traverse City. And because the list of needs always outpaces funding, the foundations are constantly looking for donors who will support impactful, innovative projects that will enhance services for the region. Case in point: Munson’s “Shape Up North” program, which emphasizes nutrition, fitness and preventive medicine so that people can develop healthier lifestyles and avoid expensive medical bills in the first place, received support from donors who share that vision. —L.B.

Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan


80 Years of Evolving to Family Needs You’re not alone if you thought Child and Family Services was a government agency. Communications Director Gina Aranki says people make that mistake all the time—in part, because the private nonprofit has helped manage crucial, big-picture services like adoption and foster care in the community for nearly 80 years. And while those things continue to be at the core of its mission, a slew of other services has helped the group adapt to ever-changing, more challenging times. Since 2014, a merger with the Third Level Crisis Intervention Center has allowed the organization to integrate 24/7 crisis counseling, a youth shelter and suicide prevention services into its youth programs. And in the last year, Child and Family Services shook up its approach to youth mental health—launching a new health center that integrates behavioral counseling within a traditional medical care setting. The new tack has tripled participation in counseling services in just a year. Looking ahead, the group is already keeping an eye on emerging public health challenges like human trafficking, which Aranki says is on the rise across the region. It’s

just one piece of an ever-evolving public health landscape where the only constant seems to be the perpetual need—and the need for continued community support. —L.B.


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Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Incubator of Innovative Ideas Co-director Amanda Kik is fully aware that in a crowded field of well-established Northwest Michigan nonprofits, Crosshatch (formerly ISLAND) is one of the scrappier, more eclectic upstarts. Indeed, its multi-layered mission of supporting and incubating art, small-farm and ecology projects isn’t always easy to explain, though the projects themselves generally


have no problem turning heads. Take for example one of their more recent initiatives: The Chicken Coupe—a mobile, Michigan Department of Agriculture–certified chicken processing trailer that farmers can rent to bypass pricey processing facilities and sell direct to consumers. That, Kik says, filled a real cut-the-red-tape need for the area’s small poultry farmers—and did so with some serious style points. It’s that intersection of pragmatism and creative design that’s become the signature of most Crosshatch projects, whether it be a folk music school program, a longstanding artist residency, or serving as a fiscal incubator for others trying to get their own creative ventures airborne. Next up, Kik says the group is taking on one of its biggest ideas yet—a farm residency program that looks to address the emerging demographic challenge of an aging farming population. The Crosshatch approach: Match up some of the region’s veteran farmers with young upstarts who want careers in the industry but can’t get access to land and hands-on farm management experience. With your support, look for that—and other big ideas—to launch in 2017. —L.B.

. United Way of Northwest Michigan


Broad View, Specific Action In a five-county region that supports dozens and dozens of nonprofits, the local United Way may be the closest thing the region has to a coordinating committee. Not only does the group help strategically invest its own donor resources to other groups in the way of grants, but also United Way is taking on a new role of facilitating communication among the area’s social service and charitable institutions. “We are always looking for efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery,” says Executive Director Ranae McCauley. “And we know one of the ways to do that is to get groups to talk to each other so they can collaborate and prevent duplication.” Of course, United Way also supports critical crisis intervention services for those facing challenges with housing, health and hunger. But in the past year, the group has pivoted to work harder on crisis prevention.

In particular, they’ve bolstered their support of high school mentoring programs in an effort to up graduation rates and added counseling programs that help students chart a course after high school. And the group has also made moves to take on the national opioid and prescription

drug epidemic, which has hit Northwest Michigan hard. Without an existing substance abuse coalition in the area, McCauley says United Way was uniquely positioned to bring the right parties together to take on one of the biggest public health challenges of the past 25 years. —L.B.


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Traverse Area Community Sailing

Get Everybody Sailing! Put simply: Traverse Area Community Sailing (TACS) wants to get you on the water. For more than 20 years, the nonprofit has been offering lowcost lessons, along with a fleet of sailboats that you can check out just like you would books at a library. “Sailing builds self-reliance, independence, teaches teamwork and promotes corinthian spirit of fair play, all key skills that translate to everyday living,” says Sally Rivard. “There are whole sections of this community—many yearround residents—that spend little time on the water.” To make the sport accessible to all, the group offers scholarships to families in need and even has a fleet of adaptive boats for those with disabilities. Helping launch an official sailing program at three Traverse City high

schools has been a recent point of pride for the group, as has been a complete updating of their fleet of boats. And though many of their programs focus on getting kids in the water, Rivard says they want to get more adults to take advantage of the program in the coming years. “Sailing is a great family activity,” she says. “And it’s a lifelong activity too. Once you learn to sail, it never leaves you.” And if you still need a push to support the recipient of U.S. Sailing’s 2014 Outstanding Community Sailing Program, check out this unbelievable perk: A $150 annual membership gets you unlimited open sailing for an entire summer. Or, better yet, make a donation to give a child in need an unforgettable experience on the water. —L.B.

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy


We Must Save Critical Land Now The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s Glen Chown says all it takes is a drive up the spine of Old Mission Peninsula to see the profound impact conservancy efforts have had on the landscape. There, rolling farmland, hillside vineyards, hemlock forests and intermittent viewscapes of the bay all intermingle with the kind of cohesion that gives Up North its identity. Landscape-scale wins do not happen by accident. For 25 years now, the conservancy has worked with landowners and local governments to purposefully achieve this kind of balance—protecting nearly 40,000 acres of land, including 120 miles of shoreline. Sometimes that involves working with farmers to create conservation agreements so their land can never become the region’s next condo development; other times, the group purchases land outright—a strategy that has led to the creation of more than 30 permanent natural preserves.

Don’t, however, confuse the conservancy for an anti-development group. “It is not our goal to protect every piece of undeveloped land,” Chown says. “We’re actually not anti-development. We just believe it needs to happen in places where it makes sense.” That means locating the region’s future homes, businesses and infrastructure in areas that will not diminish the integrity of natural resources—which are themselves major economic drivers. While the group has already made tremendous progress, Chown says the conservancy can hardly afford to rest on past victories. “We are far from done. I would say we’re actually under more development threat than we have seen in 20 years.” It’s a quintessential Catch-22. The more Top 10 lists the region makes as an emerging national vacationland and place to live, the more pressure is put on the landscape to become something other than what draws people in

the first place. In fact, the conservancy has identified another 45,000 acres of land that Chown says must be protected and much of which is under “immediate threat” of development—an inventory that will be their primary focus for the next five years. In that kind of fastmoving, high-pressure environment, the group has to be ready to act at any moment, which is why, Chown says, your support is more crucial than ever. —L.B.


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Catholic education has long played a role in making our community strong. Now, it’s our time to re-invest on behalf of future generations.” Connie Deneweth, Campaign Chairperson

Your gift to the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools capital campaign will strengthen our community by shaping the lives of hundreds of students and their families for decades to come. Phase I is a new elementary building at Immaculate Conception (conceptual design above), and Phase II will make improvements to St. Francis High School arts, athletics and specialty classroom facilities. A CAMPAIGN TO BENEFIT THE GRAND TRAVERSE AREA CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

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TO DONATE OR TO LEARN MORE, VISIT GTACS.ORG/GIVING OR CALL (231) 995-8428 | THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT Campaign chairpersons: Jeff Connolly, Connie Deneweth, and Pat Heintz

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Interlochen Center for the Arts

World Class Arts Instruction Interlochen Center for the Arts has always prided itself on adapting to changing times in arts education. Way back in the day, that meant doing radical things like adding jazz to the music curriculum. And today, students at the academy high school can take for granted that singer-songwriting or filmmaking are well developed majors. While arts programming for students remains a chief focus, the Interlochen of today has evolved into an expansive hub for community entertainment and education. It hosts more than 600 performances annually, offers a slew of arts classes for adults (including an adult band camp), and operates two listener-supported public radio stations (including the region’s NPR news station).


In the coming years, look for that radio service to get even stronger and more local, as the Interlochen team pushes to integrate all the creative energy coming out of the academy with radio programming, explains Vice President of Advancement Tim Dougherty. One commitment that will always remain a priority, Dougherty says, is ensuring that any student with remarkable talents gets an opportunity to nurture her or his art—regardless of financial means. In fact, though scholarships often happen with little fanfare, Interlochen awards more than $11 million of loan-free assistance to students every year—an investment in the next generation’s creative power that’s directly tied to your support. —L.B.

Camp Quality




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Free Camp for Kids With Cancer Kristyn Balog says one of the most profound moments of every summer doesn’t come from something the staff does for campers; it’s something the campers can only do for one another. “We’ll see a child who may have just gotten a diagnosis talking with someone who has been in remission for five years. I can’t truthfully say, ‘I know how you feel,’ but they can. There’s nothing more powerful than that.” For nearly 30 years now, experiences like this have been the norm at Camp Quality, where kids at all stages of their battles with cancer get together for one of two weeklong summer camps across Michigan. Best of all, the whole camp experience is completely free—including volunteer medical care for those who are in treatment. Still, despite the camp’s remarkable reputation and zero cost, Balog says recruitment of new campers is a consistent challenge. “You have to understand—it’s a really big deal for many families to feel comfortable letting their kids go for a week, so we do everything we can to make it as easy as possible.” Taking the plunge that first year may take an initial leap of faith. But after that, repeat campers become the norm—allowing kids to develop relationships that span multiple summers. The camp’s ultimate benchmark is graduation, a milestone often reached when a child has

been in remission for five years. And few things are more heartwarming than watching the list of Camp Quality graduates grow longer with each passing summer, she says. —L.B.


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The Nature Conservancy

Saving Globally, Saving Locally


In a state flush with conservation groups, it might be easy to overlook one of the largest of them all. But The Nature Conservancy, which operates in all 50 states and more than 60 countries around the world, remains critical to supporting on-the-ground projects of local land trusts—including those in Northwestern Lower Michigan. Melissa Molenda, who works with the group’s programs in the Central United States, says The Nature Conservancy does this not only by financially supporting the work of local conservation groups, but also by facilitating collaborations on larger regional projects. For example, they recently spearheaded a coalition to fight the spread of baby’s breath, an invasive plant that is becoming a big problem on many of Lake Michigan’s signature dunes. Going forward, Molenda says tackling the emerging threats to our water systems will be a key priority. Up North, the group has already started a project to restore the natural reef system of Grand Traverse Bay, which is critical habitat for many recovering native fish species. And farther inland, The Nature Conservancy’s team of scientists is mapping, prioritizing and reconnecting rivers and streams to the Great Lakes. The research is a perfect example of The Nature Conservancy’s power to bring a big-picture perspective to local conservation challenges—many of which will now require global solutions. —L.B.

Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council

Opening Futures Through Reading Adult Education Coordinator Christy Nelson says there are few things that have a bigger impact on someone’s life than the ability to read. Indeed, when you look at the numbers, it’s hard to argue with that. Statistics show of adults with the lowest literacy levels, 43 percent live in poverty, and 70 percent of adult welfare recipients have low literacy levels. Children of parents with low literacy skills have a 72 percent chance of being at the lowest reading levels themselves. For years, the Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council has been helping adults who have slipped through the cracks gain this essential skill. The approach toward improving literacy, however, must involve more than reading and writing. “Communication, math and even computer literacy can be just as important to someone’s success,” she says. Not only does the group offer tutoring in all these areas, the Literacy Council is also pressing to integrate literacy programs with GED and adult education services available through the parent organization Northwest Michigan Works!. One of their greatest needs in the coming year: more volunteer tutors. The Literacy

Council provides all the training you’ll need. And Nelson says there are few bigger gifts you can give to an individual—or your community—than the gift of literacy. —L.B.


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Providing permanent supportive housing to homeless individuals and families struggling with mental illness. “You cannot progress until you get a stable living environment. It’s like in football; you can’t run the ball before you catch it. I am so grateful for this program. It allowed me to get my life back.” — Ed, NMSH Tenant

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Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools

Education for Spirit, Character and Intellect Even in an era of increasing secularization, it’s clear that Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools remains an institution that the community feels strongly about supporting. In fact, Director of Advancement Wayne Mueller says every year GTACS leaders are encouraged by the substantial donations by non-Catholics. Part of what inspires that, Mueller says, is many people recognize the value of having school choice in the community, regardless of their own religious beliefs. But he says it’s also rooted in the school’s consistent emphasis on serving the needs of others. For example, all high school students must complete an immersion mission experience before graduating, which has students volunteering in impoverished areas throughout the world. “We continually see our graduates coming back to this

“We continually see our graduates coming back to this community to serve civically.” community to serve civically. They just have that mentality. So I think that’s a reason why a lot of people support our work. It’s because our graduates make good citizens.” To keep that kind of innovative, quality, whole-person education moving forward, Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools has embarked upon one of its most aggressive capital campaigns to date. With continued giving from a broad spectrum of the community, GTACS leaders hope to build a new elementary school, bolster arts and science programs, and complete much-needed updates to the high school—which hasn’t seen a major renovation since the 1950s. —L.B.

Habitat for Humanity, Grand Traverse Region

Home Ownership Dreams Made Real If you want a glimpse at the future of Habitat for Humanity’s work in the region, simply take a walk through its Depot Neighborhood project—a 10-home, “net-zero” energy development, where families are living in houses that actually produce as much electricity as they consume. Adding a new focus on sustainability was a no-brainer for the organization, says Executive Director Wendy Irvin, in part, because it’s a natural extension of the mission to provide affordable housing. “Making something affordable is not just about the cost to build the house; it’s about the cost to live in the house after you purchase it,” she says. Though not everyone qualifies for Habitat’s signature homebuilding program, the group has plenty of other services that can help families attain—or maintain—the dream of homeownership. The home repair program has been a godsend for families who are unexpectedly hit with

an expensive repair bill. For those still in the process of saving for a down payment, Habitat offers home ownership classes, healthy budgeting advice, and financial counseling services to help families restore their credit. Habitat also provides nointerest and low-interest mortgage loans to eligible partner families. If you want to lend a hand, don’t let the fact that you’re lousy with a hammer keep you on the sidelines. Habitat has dozens of volunteer opportunities, ranging from driving

a truck to making the quilts that become instant family heirlooms at home dedication ceremonies. And, of course, one way to always support Habitat’s work is to shop at the ReStore location—an architectural salvage store where all the proceeds support other Habitat programs. The shop is an increasingly important part of how the group funds its work—so much so that fans of the ReStore can look forward to a big expansion in the near future. —L.B.


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YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps Helping to Provide Amazing Summer Camp Memories to a New Generation of Campers

919 N. East Torch Lake Dr. Central Lake, MI 49622 231-544-5915 •


YMCA Camp Hayo-Went-Ha on Torch Lake in Central Lake, Michigan, has been providing single gender, outdoor adventure camping for boys for 113 summers. YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha on Arbutus Lake in Traverse City, Michigan, celebrated its 100th year of single gender camping for girls in 2014. Each summer, we have a significant list of children waiting for an experience at YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps who simply cannot afford the camp fees. In 2016, our camps awarded more than $190,000 in campership financial aid. Many of these children come to us through our collaborations with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan, Washtenaw Camp Placement and the urban squash programs Racquet Up Detroit, Metro Squash and Cincinnati Squash Academy. We annually seek support from alumni and friends of camp to help give these deserving children the gift of camp. Our two and four-week summer sessions are centered around age appropriate wilderness trips, from a three day Sleeping Bear Dunes trip for fifth graders and five days backpacking Pictured Rocks for sixth graders to two weeks hiking Isle Royale, two weeks canoeing Kilarney Provincial Park or three weeks hiking and sea kayaking in Alaska for older youth. Outdoor Education is run at both camps for school groups mainly during the months of April, May, September and October, with some groups braving northern Michigan winters from November through March. Camp Hayo-Went-Ha and Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha serve nearly 5,000 boys and girls throughout the course of the summer camp, day camp, outdoor education, conferences and retreats. The Mission of YMCA Hayo-Went-Ha Camps is to strengthen the spirit, mind and body of children and adults in a safe, fun and challenging environment. Our programs develop important life skills, self-confidence and an enduring commitment to others as expressed in our motto: Each for All, All for Each.

Just Great Movies A World-Class Film Festival Two Historic Volunteer-Run Arthouse Theaters

Reasons to Donate

Your Contribution Supports

• 175+ community groups helped annually • Educational programming serving over 6,000 students each year • An average of one free or low-cost event each and every day • Over 3,000 screenings of more than 600 different films each year • The magical experience you’ll only find at your downtown theaters • Because One Great Movie Can Change You

• The special programming and free community events you love: 25 cent kids and classic matinees, student screenings, Friday Night Flicks, Met Opera Live, Free Spring Break Week, holiday films, and more • Maintenance of two of our area’s undisputed treasures, and their cutting-edge projection & sound • Two vibrant town squares that bring 100s of people downtown daily 20 GUIDE TO GIVING

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Traverse Area District Library

Sharing Ideas Across All Mediums

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Long gone are the days when people thought of the library just as a place to check out books. Or even a place for books, music, movies and free internet. Traverse Area District Library Director Gail Parsons says, these days, patrons consider those things baseline services—not amenities—and it’s an ever-evolving challenge to respond to the community’s changing tastes and needs. One thing trending in libraries across the United States: checkout of more non-media items, like tools or camping gear. TADL already does some of that, offering a modest collection that includes everything from telescopes to electricity usage meters to an upcoming collection of musical instruments in the Sight and Sound department. Still, part of the library’s mission will remain traditional. For instance, TADL recently acquired a collection of prime materials about Traverse City area history, a popular topic for history buffs and researchers craving more knowledge. And despite today’s bounty of options for online streaming, TADL’s stockpile of movies and music continues to be hugely popular, meaning it will be a mainstay in the collection for years to come.


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But regardless of trends in media and technology, TADL’s Matt Wiliford says the library will almost certainly continue to grow its role as a hub for community activity. “It used to be that churches or schools were where you saw and chatted with your friends and neighbors, and that may still be true to some extent. Now, it might be at the library. And we really feel like we can be that open and welcoming portal where the community comes together.” —L.B.

Manistee County Community Foundation


Limitless Opportunity to Do Good Few organizations in the region have as broad a reach as the Manistee County Community Foundation. Its expansive mission to improve quality of life in Manistee County means that it doesn’t just focus on youth, education, the arts or environment; the foundation actually has the power to help all of these causes at any time depending on the evolving needs of local residents. For example, over the past decade the organization has been helping to make prime recreation spots on Lake Michigan and inland waters more accessible to people with disabilities. And more recently, the foundation has bolstered investments in education—adding a countywide cradleto-career educational initiative to an already robust college scholarship system for high school graduates. The foundation’s Executive Director Laura Heintzelman says the

coming year promises to be one of the organization’s most meaningful yet. An anonymous donor pledged to match the community’s 2016 gifts to the unrestricted endowment up to $500,000—and after the foundation recently met the goal, the donor increased the 1:1 match up to $1 million. Heintzelman says it will mark the first time in the foundation’s history when they will have resources and flexibility to take on the region’s most pressing issues, both now and in the future. Because the funds raised through the matching grant are unrestricted, they can be used to address a wide range of needs in the region. With your support, the Manistee County Community Foundation is confident they can transform challenges into opportunities and continue to strengthen the community. —L.B.


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Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan

A Safety Net for Homeless Northwest Michigan is fortunate to have a Goodwill that is way more than a thrift store. In fact, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan’s commitment to providing housing services—particularly those for the homeless—makes it one of the most remarkable Goodwill chapters in the country. “Most people who experience homelessness are going to experience it just once in their lifetime and for a very short duration,” says housing director Ty Curtis. “And the shorter that experience is, the less likely it is to happen again.” To get people back on their feet as quickly as possible, the Goodwill has a variety of tools—most notably, the Goodwill Inn, which celebrated its 10th year at the current location in 2016. The emergency shelter has 60 private rooms and 11 suites for larger families. Stays can be as long as 90 days, and during a person’s time there the focus is to help someone locate permanent housing. That’s an increasingly big challenge in a housing market where prices are on the rise and rentals can be hard to come by. In a bold move for a Goodwill chapter, the group recently stepped in themselves to help fill the gap in supply—partnering with other organizations on a new 36-unit

apartment complex that offers a supportive environment for people facing homelessness or are survivors of domestic violence or assault. It opened in April 2016 and was already full

“And the shorter that experience is, the less likely it is to happen again.” by July—a bittersweet victory that Curtis says reveals both the promise of community action and the depth of the need to do more. —L.B.

Grand Traverse Pavilions

A Little Support Can Achieve Much Independence The Grand Traverse Pavilions’ Jennifer Hutchinson has noticed a surprising new influence on elder care these days: young people. That’s because, increasingly,

millennials and Gen-Xers are wanting their aging parents or grandparents to remain independent for as long as they can or join the household of a relative. “They don’t want Mom and Dad, Grandpa or Grandma to simply go away,” Hutchinson says. “They’re showing an intense gratitude for the wisdom and joy that comes from having shared, multi-generational households.” But facilitating these kinds of living situations often requires a little extra guidance and support. Hutchinson says that’s where PACE comes in—a federal program, administered locally by the Grand Traverse Pavilions, that allows a person to remain in her or his home and still receive the top-tier services the nonprofit care facility provides its full-time residents. And that doesn’t just include medical care. The Pavilions is committed to making sure PACE participants have access to all kinds of social and recreational activities—whether that be a trip out to the grocery store, a game of chess, or simply some meaningful conversation. Regardless of the activity, volunteers remain critical to that work. And Hutchinson says it almost always yields just as much joy for their volunteers as the elders they serve. —L.B.


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Cherryland Human Society Child & Family Services N.W. MI City Opera House Community Meals Program Company Dance Traverse Disability Network of Northern MI FLOW (For the Love of Water) Food Rescue N.W. MI For Animals Friends of TADL Goodwill Northern MI Grand Traverse Academy GT Area Catholic Schools GT Area Spartans Great Lakes Children’s Museum Groundwork Center for Resiliant Communities Habitat for Humanity - GT Region Justice for Our Neighbors Meals on Wheels NMCAA Munson Hospice National Cherry Festival Norte! Youth Cycling N. MI Association of Western Horse Club Peace Ranch The Pathfinder School Planned Parenthood of MI Pregnancy Care Center The Salvation Army SCRAP TC TART Trails TCAPS/Students in Transition Empowerment Travesre Area Community Sailing Traverse City Community Garden Traverse City Central Athletic Boosters Traverse City Music Boosters Traverse Heatlth Clinic Wings of Wonder Women’s Resource Center l 231.922.2050 #downtowntc

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On the first Thursday of each month, the Red Mesa Grill and Cafe Santé in Boyne City donate 5% of gross sales to The Manna Food Project to benefit the Boyne Valley, Boyne City Community and Boyne Seventh Day Adventist pantries.


A team of Friends and volunteers have been busy sorting thousands of books for this year’s Used Book Sale. Thanks to great donations throughout the year, this sale features an outstanding selection of quality, used books including: fiction, cookbooks, children’s, health, history and many others. Most books priced $1–$2. Main library.

Goodwill Industries GATHER FOR GOOD OCTOBER 5TH NOON–1:30 P.M.

Join us at the NMC Hagerty Center for our annual gourmet luncheon and celebration of Goodwill partners and program participants. Hear success stories from each of our organizational pillars: Housing, Jobs, and Food, applaud community leaders and volunteers that are making a big impact in the lives of those in need. Tickets: or 231.922.4805.


Michael’s Place celebrates the ‘everyday heroes’ we serve in this onehour event. Please join us at the Great Wolf Lodge to see and hear very personally how Michael’s Place impacts the community. RSVP by calling 231-947-6453 or email

Munson Healthcare Foundations 7TH ANNUAL BRAS FOR A CAUSE OCTOBER 14TH

Traverse Area Community Sailing

Many of us have been affected by breast cancer. We either know someone who has battled and won or battled and lost against the disease. The purpose of our cause is to rally together in a fun event and raise money to help local women have the resources to fight breast cancer and become a survivor. At The Streeters Center. Doors open at 5:30, show starts 7 p.m. Tickets:




Sailors and mates get on board and join us at the Grand Traverse Yacht Club for a rowdy night of fun including cocktails, dinner and a silent auction. Proceeds help to provide affordable sailing opportunities to residents and visitors to the Grand Traverse region. Online registration at or contact Angela Schuler at 231.218.7577.


Join farmers, foodies, friends, and the Crosshatch family as we once again come together to celebrate those who contribute to the robust food and farming scene in Northern Michigan and—of course—all things garlic. The annual soirée is being held at the Historic Elk Rapids Town Hall. Food, libations, music, dancing plus silent and live auctions. 231.622.5252,


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Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools




Established in 1983, Gladhander is the area’s premier gala! Gladhander provides vital funding to ensure the continued availability of a top-quality, Christ-centered education in Traverse City. Live & silent auctions, raffle prize drawings, fine food & drink, dancing and a latenight breakfast buffet. RSVP by calling 231.941.GLAD or at giving/gladhander-auction.


Shop for a cause! And get your holiday shopping done early! Support the organization of your choice just by shopping select downtown stores today. 15% of purchase donated. Look out for the shopping bag and balloons!


A uniquely wonderful, annual event featuring locally made and donated pottery from gracious artists and potters. Join us this year at Stafford’s Perry Hotel for soup and bread, while selecting a handmade bowl of choice. For details:


For each $10 donation, individuals can have a light lit on the CHS Christmas Tree in honor of a pet or loved one. Christmas Pet Food Drive donation barrels at CHS for pet food and supplies. 231.941.5116,

SwingShift and the Stars


The event will take place in the lower level of Castle Farms from 7 to 10 p.m. and will feature wine/beer/mead tastings, food, a silent auction, and live music. All proceeds will benefit the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL), a literacy initiative sponsored by CharEm United Way. The Imagination Library provides free books to children from birth to age five in Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. Over 50,000 books have been delivered to date. 231.487.1006,


It’s the 7th annual Instant Wine Cellar fundraiser for Char-Em United Way’s virtual volunteer center-Volunteer Connections. Music, dancing, fun, food, select wine and beer available, silent auction and raffle. 231.487.1006,


If you’re into boating, needing to replace an item, or just love to be around boat “stuff,” this event is for you. Typical items found at the event, held at 100 Dame Street in Suttons Bay, include boats, life jackets, line, sails, motors, maps/charts, books, decorative items, and more. Inventory changes as new items are donated to ISEA. Date of event scheduled in early spring. 231.271.3077,

Dance-Off for Charity Grand Finale Event December 16th Six couples dance off for six worthy charities including Communities In Schools, Grand Traverse Dyslexia Association, Jubilee House, Special Olympics Michigan, TC Music Boosters and Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center. Voters are encouraged to donate to the charity of their choice. City Opera House,


Join thousands of revelers at the corner of Front & Park streets in Downtown Traverse City this New Year’s Eve. Enjoy a live DJ for dancing in the streets starting at 10 p.m. with the countdown to the dropping of the cherry at midnight. The Goodwill Food Pantry, local food banks and select charities will benefit from donations raised.



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SUMMER Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan BROWN BAG CAMPAIGN DATES TBD

The ubiquitous little bags are found in newspapers across Northwest Michigan throughout the summer to call attention to the needs of children in foster care. Simply place your donation inside the bag, stamp it and mail it back to us. Or make an online donation.


A celebration of love for Leelanau. Enjoy local foods, wine and music. Kids tent and live auction. 231.256.9665,

Michigan Legacy Art Park LEGACY GALA DATE TBD

This fundraising event includes local food and wine, silent auction, music and the preservation of the Legacy Award, bestowed annually to recognize those who have made a positive impact on Michigan’s arts. 231.378.4963,


Enjoy 18 holes of golf at Walloon Lake Country Club. Lunch, dinner, cocktails, silent & live auctions and 50/50 raffle. If you’re interested in participating as a golfer, volunteer or committee member, please contact Grace Ketchum at 231.347.9742 ext. 118 or grace.ketchum@

Lions of Michigan Service Foundation MIKEY’S FUND GOLF OUTING JUNE 30TH

Mikey’s Fund is named after a very special person, Michaela Hagemann, who passed away in January 2003. Mikey’s fund provides eyewear and eye care services to disadvantaged school children, who could otherwise not afford it. Come join us for a wonderful round of golf at the Duck Lake Country Club in Albion. For more information: or 517.629.9015.


JULY Camp Quality /Challenge Mountain 14TH ANNUAL BOYNE THUNDER EVENT JULY 7TH–8TH

Speed, excitement and smiles during this two-day boating event featuring high-performance boats slicing through the waters of Lake Charlevoix and Lake Michigan. Proceeds help the efforts of Camp Quality and Challenge Mountain. 231.582.9009,

Leelanau Community Cultural Center ART LEELANAU BENEFIT & SALE JULY 21ST – 26TH

Join us for the 25th annual benefit art exhibition and sale for support of the Old Art Building in Leland. The exhibit promotes the artwork of more than 100 Leelanau artists, with 40% of art sales to benefit the operating fund. For information: or 231.256.2131.


Dr. Greg Butcher, International Migratory Species Coordinator for the U.S. Forest Service, will be the featured guest at Saving Birds Thru Habitat’s annual Fundraiser. Those in attendance will have the opportunity to speak with Greg and hearing a short but highly motivating presentation. Wine and hearty hors d’oeuvres will be served. 231.271.3738,


Join in this 73-hour marathon ... about 1,000 renditions ... of the Woodie Guthrie song “This Land is Your Land.” Money is raised by via sponsors, pledge sheets and the open guitar case. No special talent required, just a desire to help the under-served and increase food security through vegetable gardening. Learn more at bucketsofrain. org.


Day of Caring is a one-day, hands-on experience where volunteer teams from local businesses are matched with local non-profit agencies and schools to complete meaningful projects that fulfill agency and community needs. For a list of projects and to sign-up:


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GIVING Guide to

PACE. Individualized, All-Inclusive Care – for LIFE. Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly

A Capital Campaign to bring PACE to Northern Michigan.

We Can’t Do It Without YOU

1000 Pavilions Circle Traverse City, MI 49684 231-943-2601 HONORARY CHAIRS Agnes Hayden Senator and Mrs. McManus FOUNDATION BOARD MEMBERS Dennis Prout, President Cynthia Klingler, Vice President Kory Hansen, Secretary Russ Knopp, Treasurer Christopher Chang Agnes Hayden Leo Hughes Deb Jackson Clara McManus Barbra Mikowski Evelyn Richardson Anne Spieles Jerry Worden DHS BOARD MEMBERS Ralph Soffredine, Chair Mary Pat Randall, Vice-Chair Mary Marois FOUNDATION Deborah Allen, CFRE, Executive Director

The Challenge: State Healthcare Cost for the Elderly are Soaring. We are entering the early stages of unprecedented population growth of those aged 65 plus in the United States, with nearly 10,000 individuals turning 65 every day. This “silver tsunami” will result in more complex health issues and chronic diseases increasing the cost of healthcare for all. With institutional nursing home costs increasing to about $90,000 a year, there is great pressure to provide home, community-based alternatives to institutional care. Many frail, older adults, dependent upon Medicaid, have few choices other than a nursing home. PACE is the Proven Solution Grand Traverse Pavilions, the gold standard for senior care in Michigan, has a long history of providing innovative and cutting-edge solutions for senior care and residential services. The Pavilions is working now to potentially bring PACE to northern Michigan. Providing PACE is the natural next step to continue meeting the increasing needs of a growing elderly population and disabled adults. Consistent with the Pavilions mission, the PACE program primarily serves low-income seniors who are dually eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. As such, program enrollees receive all their care without any out of pocket costs. With more than 40 years of proven success, PACE provides seniors comprehensive and quality care allowing them to continue living in their homes and communities. With over 120 programs across the nation, including ten in Michigan, PACE has proven success. PACE is a Medicare and Medicaid

benefit providing all the care identified by Honorary CHairs the interdisciplinary team. PACE provides Hayden coverage for prescriptionAgnes drugs, physician Senator and Mrs. McManus care (both primary and specialty), medical transportation, preventive services and Foundation education, home care, hospital visits and Board MeMBers even nursing home stays when necessary. Dennis Prout, President PACE utilizes an interdisciplinary team Cynthia Klingler, Vice President approach of healthcare professionals to Tom Emling, Treasurer ensure participants receive most comKorythe Hansen, Secretary prehensive and coordinated care. This Sandra Al-Shamma team of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, Christopher Chang Gary Columbus care managers, social workers, therapists, dieticians among others Jon areCump trained and experienced in working Agnes with Hayden older adults. Leo Hughes They work together, along with particiRuss Knopp pants and their families, to develop the Clara McManus most effective plan of care. Barbra Mikowski The PACE model provides care and Evelyn Richardson services in the home, in Deborah the community Rysso and at the PACE center. Anne TheSpieles PACE center, where participants attend an dHs Board MeMBers average of three days a week, combines Ralph Soffredine, Chair a day center for socialization, recreational Pat Randall, activities and nutritionalMary meals, alongVice-Chair Mary Marois with a medical clinic/pharmacy/lab, and therapy facilities. This allows consistent and continual interaction with the interdisciplinary team for building close relationships, observing change in conditions and monitoring preventive care measures. The care given from the PACE center is supplemented with a network of care partners for home care, medical specialists and other providers in the community to make sure all the care needs are covered 24/7. Grand Traverse Pavilions is working today to evolve and serve the most vulnerable citizens of our community for years to come. Your support is essential in changing the lives of our loved ones.







We can’t do it without you. Donate today at




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A capital campaign working to potentially bring PACE to northern Michigan. “I joined PACE to

What is PACE? Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly PACE provides comprehensive preventative care for nursing-home eligible older adults so that they are supported in living safe and healthy lives in their own homes. PACE is centered on the belief that it is better for the well-being of seniors with chronic care needs and their families to be together - living at home.

PACE is responsible for all medically necessary care including hospital care, pharmacy, physician services, therapies and rehab, social work, home care, nursing home care and end of life care if needed. PACE is a Medicare/Medicaid benefit. Those who qualify for Medicaid pay nothing while those that don’t qualify will be charged a monthly premium to cover the Medicaid portion. Once an individual in enrolled in PACE there are no out of pocket expenses.

That’s the power of PACE.

regain my dignity. I feel like I’ve done that. I’m learning a lot here which goes to show you—it’s never too late to learn how to handle things better and enjoy your life.” — PACE Participant

PACE delivers coordinated, comprehensive health care through an interdisciplinary team of professionals. These services are provided at the day health center and may be provided at the participant’s home. PACE provides transportation to the day health center and to medical appointments. PACE revolves around the individual – focusing fully on their health, social, spiritual and medical needs. The care team makes communications with the medical team and the family easy and efficient.

Independence – Respect – Quality of Life – Dignity – Joy – Security

We can’t do it without YOU! “Without PACE, I would not be able to keep working and care for my mother. Without the day program, I don’t think I would

To learn more about what PACE is and how to support the Pavilions in potentially bringing PACE to northern Michigan visit: Email us at Or call Jennifer at 231-943-2601.

have a life. It’s wonderful.” — Caregiver

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GIVING Guide to

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy 3860 N. Long Lake Road, Suite D Traverse City, MI 49684 231.929.7911 fax: 231.929.0433 SERVICE AREA The Conservancy protects land in the northwest region of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, in Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Manistee Counties.

The Grand Traverse Region has long held a special spot in the hearts of those who live and visit here. Generations of year-round and seasonal residents have savored the breathtaking beauty of its Lake Michigan bluffs and beaches, its forests and farmlands, its inland lakes and rivers. This spectacular combination of land and water has provided the backdrop for countless hours of recreation and relaxation for people of all ages and walks of life. The Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy has protected and stewarded these vital assets since 1991. Despite our many achievements over the last quarter century, our mission is more important today than ever. The very attractiveness of the region’s natural features, in combination with a growing economy, has generated development pressure on critical properties worthy of permanent protection. The region’s growth has placed additional stress on its lifeblood of clean lakes and streams. In a place and time that cry out for strategic conservation, the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy stands ready to work with willing landowners to meet that urgent need.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Bob Marshall, Chair Jennifer Jaffe, Vice-Chair Ken Engle, Treasurer Kevin Russell, Secretary Paul Brink Betsy Calcutt John Collins Cortney Danbrook Matt Drake Kathleen Guy Jim Huckle Royce Ragland Greg Seman Evan Smith Maureen Smyth Allen Taylor Terrie Taylor Maureen Templeton


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Photograph by Nate Richardson

Photograph by Drew Smith

Our history is best told through dozens of interweaving stories of perseverance, collective dedication and love of the land. So many places – stunning stretches of coastal dunes, large blocks of productive farmland and valuable sections of mature forest – were saved when landowners, local citizens or municipalities sought our help to protect them from the often imminent threat of development or environmental degradation. None of these stories would have a happy ending without the countless donors who supported us along the way. Make no mistake – our mission has not been one of protecting land just for the sake of preserving open spaces or stopping development. These protected places have tremendous ecologic value that sets them apart from the surrounding landscape. From the increasingly scarce wooded dune and swale habitat at our Pyatt Lake preserve to the amazingly diverse and rare coastal marsh habitat at Arcadia Marsh, these are places that are simply irreplaceable. Perhaps even more important is what these places mean to the people who love them. Tears streamed down the faces of donors and supporters around Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve when word reached them that the effort to protect this magnificent stretch of land in Benzie and Manistee counties would be successful. Citizens in Kalkaska County, who for years treasured Seven Bridges as a place to relax, hike,

fish and even celebrate weddings, were overjoyed when a deal was struck to permanently protect this true community jewel. In short, our dedicated supporters have made it possible for us to save so many places that capture the essence of what it means to be connected to the land. Now, after 25 years of these stories, our work is more important than ever. When it comes to our beloved Grand Traverse region, the secret is out. Everyone wants to be here, and we’re experiencing development pressure unlike anything we’ve seen in decades. But we’ve carefully examined all of the land within our service area to identify the most important remaining parcels – the last of the least and the best of the rest – and we stand at the ready to protect them. As you read this, we are hard at work on more than 30 important projects, including protection of two vital properties along Torch Lake, a number of working farms, a critical addition to the Petobego State Game Area, and the creation of a barrier-free public beach along Elk Lake. Everything we do, from protecting the land to caring for it forever, relies on the individuals, families, foundations and businesses who generously give in support of our mission. As our phone continues to ring with potential land protection projects, please consider supporting our work. Visit our website at to donate and to learn more about creating your own conservation legacy.


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GIVING Guide to

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Grand Traverse Area 1207 Woodmere Avenue Traverse City, MI 49686 231-947-8466 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Jim Warren, President Julie Ellalasingham, Vice President Pat Elshaw, Treasurer Vacant, Secretary Rob Richardson, Spiritual Advisor Greg Donahue, Legal Advisor Julie Ellalasingham, Christ the King Conference President

A New Beginning The Traverse City chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has experienced a significant amount of necessary change and expansion during the past two years. After making headlines with an embezzlement scandal, and gaining a reputation for high-priced goods in the group’s cramped Thrift Store and Catholic Gift Shop, the organization’s new leadership decided the only way to regain public trust and support was to completely overhaul the local chapter. In early 2015, a new parish-based conference was established at Christ the King Parish in Acme and a conference was reinstated at Immaculate Conception Parish in Traverse City. With the addition of the isolated St. Kateri Tekakwitha Conference in Harbor Springs, the existing St. Francis Conference (not affiliated with the St. Francis of Assisi Parish) that managed the Thrift Store and Catholic Gift Shop was reconstituted as the Grand Traverse Area District Council. In February 2016, a new parish-based conference was formed at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Traverse City and became part of the Council. This new District Council serves the conferences by providing training and resources for spiritual enrichment of the conference members and store volunteers and helping them fulfill their mission in serving the poor. Another significant change made by the group’s new leadership was the restructuring of the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store and Catholic Gift Shop (1207 Woodmere Ave in Traverse City) to an all-volunteer management staff and the addition of a Client Assistance Department. In October 2015, the store doubled in size to better accommodate the growing inventory of household goods and large items, such as furniture. The store provides an outlet for people to donate gently-used homegoods within the community and the Client Assistance Department provides better, more-timely assistance to those in need. The structural changes to the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Traverse City are already paying dividends. Donated goods to the Thrift Store are now priced comparable to garage sale prices, a significant benefit for people who can’t afford new items. The new pricing and additional space has resulted in higher inventory

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turnover and turning an operating loss into net income. Direct-aid (including electricity, heat, rent, car repairs) and in-kind goods (clothes, shoes, toys, kitchen items and furniture) from the store to those in need have increased dramatically since 2014 (719% increase in direct aid and 800% increase in in-kind goods). In fact, a total of 1,379 people were helped by the Grand Traverse Area District Council and member conferences in 2015 with direct-aid or in-kind goods. And with God’s help, we intend to expand our efforts in 2016-2017. Who We Are The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide Christian society founded in 1833 by a group of Catholic lay people dedicated to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering with humility, charity and simplicity in a community of faith. Our Purpose Following the lead of our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, our purpose is to grow in holiness while offering service to those in need. Help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal worth to all mankind. How We Operate The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Traverse City consists of parish conferences and a District Council, which oversees the conferences and store (Thrift Store, Catholic Gift Shop and Client Assistance Department). Proceeds from sales and donations go directly back into the community in the form of financial assistance. All Catholic parishes are invited and encourage to form a conference. How We Make A Difference Bobby, aged 23 years, was struggling with alcohol abuse and chronic unemployment. He fathered two children that he could not support nor visit and was finding shelter on what is termed in the field as “couch surfing”. He was estranged from his parents and reported having no safety net. He came into St. Vincent de Paul thrift store looking for a coat as the weather turned cold. Several voucher requests later, he began volunteering. He worked hard and earned the trust of the staff, all passionate to get him into a better life. For reasons only Bobby knew, all that was offered to him he turned down. Months went by and he continued to work hard and fill the office/store with a bright and cheerful disposition, always hopeful that something would come along. A call came from a local employer asking for a reference for Bobby, and of course it was a strong recommendation. Bobby is now working full time and quickly advanced to a supervisory position. He is sober, has his own apartment and now sees his children every other weekend as he works on mending his relationship with their mother. It was March and Susan’s husband walked out leaving her to support their 3 children aged 5 – 8. He left her with unpaid bills and took the car. She came to SVdP for help with rent so they could stay in the house. Unfortunately, she also had electric and heating bills that were several months past due with shut-off notices attached. Fortunately, SVdP of TC was participating in the Michigan Energy Assistance Program and both her heating and electric bills qualified for payment in full. Use of

these funds allowed us to assist her with rent. Six months later Susan returned with a request for assistance of a different sort. This time it was for the purchase of a bicycle and a sewing machine. Susan had created a source of income in mending and clothing alterations. The machine she was using to start her business had become overworked and locked up in the middle of a big project. She required a bicycle to keep deliveries of her work on schedule with her booming clientele. We were able to supply her with both and now her family is doing well and they have managed to stay in their home. She is also a regular customer looking for fabric and sewing supplies. How To Get Involved Donations of clean used clothes, shoes, household items and furniture are gratefully accepted during open hours at the Thrift Store. Monetary donations needed to increase direct aid to the poor can be given at the store or mailed to St. Vincent de Paul at 1207 Woodmere Ave., Traverse City, MI 49686 If you would like to volunteer, we invite you to join us in following Christ’s work through service to those in need in our community. You can work an hour, a day or whatever time you can spare, in any department, or bring a new talent to our organization. We welcome you to join your Catholic partners. Please contact us at 231.947.8466 if you have any questions or stop by the Thrift Store for a personal tour.


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GIVING Guide to

Child and Family Services/ Third Level Crisis Intervention CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN 3785 Veterans Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231.946.8975

Child and Family Services/Third Level offers northern Michigan a range of programs to help people overcome trauma and care for themselves and their loved ones. From our flagship foster care program to 24/7 crisis hotline and suicide prevention, we work with many partners to provide healing and growth to thousands of people each year. Each of the following programs are in need of community support. We are grateful for your generosity! • Crisis Services and Counseling – For many of us, life’s challenges become too much to bear alone. Our crisis unit is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. People in crisis are able to talk with trained counselors immediately by phone or in person, and during limited hours by text. Last year, the crisis unit fielded more than 30,000 requests for help. Our Behavioral Health Services team is also available to help with short- and long-term counseling for grief and loss, trauma, marriage and

SERVICE AREA 20+ counties in northwestern Michigan

relationships, and more. • Trauma Assessment – Exposure to trauma as a child prevents the brain from developing properly and is linked to poor health outcomes, adverse social conditions, and lower educational attainment. Our Trauma Center uses a transdisciplinary team to equip caregivers and anyone who works with

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Diane Emling Bryce Hundley, Treasurer Jason Jeffrey Chris Mohrhardt Robert Needham Terry Paquet, President Cathy Shoemaker Rick Summers, Secretary Lisa Thomas, Vice President Rob Tubbs Erica Walsh, President-Elect BOARD OF TRUSTEES EmmLee Cameron Warren Cline III, Treasurer Erik Falconer, Secretary Jeremy Hawke Galen Krupka Sheila Morgan Alan Olson, President Ken Petterson, Vice-President Bob Cornwell

a child with intervention tools needed to increase resilience, improve functioning and behaviors, and reach for their full potential. • Youth Services – Today’s youth face many challenges, from bullying to homelessness. Services for about 150 youth each year offer several alternatives for sorting out problems they face and help prepare them to navigate the world as adults. • Helping Children Heal – Children who have been sexually abused require special help to overcome their trauma. Helping Children Heal/VOCA is that program—for more than 2,500 since its inception. VOCA provides treatment and support to children and their families, including art and recreation therapy, advocacy in court, and referrals to community resources. • Safe Haven – Relationship conflict and domestic violence impact children as much as their parents, making them witnesses or victims and often forcing them to choose between their loved ones. Safe Haven provides safe, supervised visitation and exchange between co-parents. Separate entrances, staggered arrival and departure times, and other features assure everyone’s safety.

To learn more about how you can help, please call 231-946-8975 or visit

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GIVING Guide to

PO Box 929 Bellaire, MI 49615 231-622-5252 COUNTIES SERVED Crosshatch serves the 10-county area of Northwest Lower Michigan EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS Amanda Kik Brad Kik BOARD OF DIRECTORS Rolf von Walthausen Michelle Ferrarese Erin Anderson Whiting Melissa Johnson Nicco Pandolfi Barb Tholin STAFF Yvonne Stephens Jen Schaap Jeannie Voller Mollie Thomas The Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design is now Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology. MISSION STATEMENT Crosshatch builds strong communities through the intersections of art, farming, ecology and economy.

WE BELIEVE... Crosshatch believes that the way to solve problems is through community. We are better together. All we need are the opportunities to learn together, work together and build our community together. We believe that the way to build community is through shared work in the world. Artists, farmers, homesteaders, makers, and others who apply their intelligence to their daily work are well suited to solve problems locally, on the ground, and are worthy of all the support we can give them. We believe that small towns and rural areas are at the forefront of some of our worst environmental and social problems, from climate change to land abuse and neglect. We also believe that these same communities contain the power to solve our most intractable problems, not through massive expenditures of money and whiz bang technology, but through the age old tools of human use of the land: patience, affection, wisdom and curiosity. Crosshatch believes that Northwest Lower Michigan has the capacity to re-connect—to our people, cultures, and environment. Crosshatch is striving to provide the resources for our region to teach each other, learn from one another, and strengthen the community, together. PROGRAMS Residency Program • Artist Residency at the Hill House: The gift of time and space for musicians, writers and visual artists. Residents stay for 2 to 4 weeks in a cabin nestled in the woods near the Jordan River. The program provides a place for research and development in the arts—where great artists can take great risks to produce world-class art. Education and Network-Building • The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference: A day-long annual event that attracts over 1,100 small farmers and homesteaders to the Grand Traverse Resort. The conference serves as a vehicle to promote and build a local vibrant agricultural community, equips the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and provides a forum for the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. • We host hands-on farming workshops

Photograph by Corey Hendricks

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

throughout the year on topics like small farming, food preservation, mushrooms, beekeeping and more. • We coordinate guilds for small farmers, beekeepers, orchardists, mushroom growers, fiber makers, grain growers, herbalists, and green builders. The guilds provide an informal network of mutual support, skill-sharing, and networking through peer-to-peer learning, mentorship, demonstrations, field trips, and workshops. Towable Tools for Food Production • Chicken Coupe: Crosshatch offers a portable, MDA-certified chicken processing trailer that small farmers raising pastured poultry can use to bypass expensive processing facilities and sell direct to their customers. The Chicken Coupe is perfect for area small farmers who process 20-100 chickens or who want a community to process chickens with. • Preservation Station: The Preservation Station is a canning kitchen on wheels. Towed to farms at peak produce time, the Preservation Station allows people to learn a new skill and stretch their local produce throughout the year. HOW YOU CAN HELP Donate: A gift of cash, stock, or property is welcome. You can donate online at www.crosshatch. org/donate/ or you can send a check made out to Crosshatch to PO Box 929, Bellaire, MI 49615. Volunteer: We are building our Crosshatch team of Volunteers - folks who want to help out at events, provide expertise, or lend support in the office, library, or on the Crosshatch property. Email us at for more information.


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GIVING Guide to

Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region 1129 Woodmere Ave. , Suite F Traverse City, MI 49686 231-941-4663 Office 231-941-2403 Fax HABITAT WEBSITE


Grand Traverse, Leelanau and Kalkaska counties


Wendy Irvin

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dan Baldwin, Chair Chris Kindlinger, Vice-Chair Kristi Abby, Treasurer Bill Fagan Andrea Galloup Doug DeYoung Ryan McCoon David Shooltz William Edginton Christopher Cox Tamara Broad Brett Spalding

The Depot Neighborhood. For 30 years, Habitat for Humanity’s mission in the Grand Traverse Region has been to put God’s Love in action by bringing people together to build sustainable homes, communities, and hope. Habitat works with low-income families in partnership to provide affordable housing opportunities. One way we’ve been able to do that is through the Depot Neighborhood. The Depot Neighborhood is a self-sufficient affordable housing community in the heart of Traverse City. Through innovative design and a desire to be a leader in the homebuilding industry, the Depot Neighborhood houses are net zero-energy homes that produce as much or more energy than they consume. This is not only an environmentally responsible way to build new homes, but it also provides our Habitat families with little-to-no utility bills. Leading the Way. We have been excited to not only be a local leader in affordable housing as well as part of a major housing industry transformation, but to also receive national recognition for our efforts. The United States Department of Energy awarded Habitat for Humanity GTR a 2016 Innovation Housing Winner in the category of affordable housing. This honor is one that recognizes a desire to innovate in ways that not only reduce energy use, but seek to provide a healthier and more productive home in which families will live. Why Net Zero? A part of the beauty of pursuing net zero energy homes is the message it sends to our partner families and our community. It says that we are committed to providing our families

with homes that will save them money, allow their family to be more productive, and give them a chance to participate in the growth of our community in a greater way. This plays out every month as our families use the money they save on their utility bills to cover basic needs such as groceries, gas, education and healthcare; things that they often struggled to cover before. We are proud to build in a way that provides our partner families these advantages, all the while helping to reduce energy consumption that can negatively affect our environment. You Can Help by Becoming a Sustaining Monthly Donor. Despite a common belief that Habitat for Humanity GTR receives funding from its state and national affiliates, Habitat is completely funded through local donations. Our growing group of sustaining monthly donors is an ever needed foundation of support that make projects like the Depot Neighborhood a success. When you become a sustaining monthly donor, you are ensuring that Habitat will continue to serve the Grand Traverse Region by helping the most deserving families find affordable housing. We’ve been thrilled to celebrate 30 years of serving the Grand Traverse Region and hope you will consider joining us as we look to the future. To become a sustaining monthly donor, please call Wendy Irvin at 231-941-4663 ext. 123 or visit us at Checks can be mailed to: Habitat for Humanity-Grand Traverse Region 1129 Woodmere Avenue, Suite F Traverse City, MI 49686

The Award Winning Depot Neighborhood of Traverse City




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GIVING Guide to

Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA)

Protecting the Great Lakes through Education 100 Dame Street P.O. Box 218 Suttons Bay, MI 49682 Phone: 231-271-3077 Email: MISSION STATEMENT Inspiring Great Lakes curiosity, stewardship, and passion

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Fred Sitkins STAFF Courtney Bierschbach, Office Manager Jeanie Williams, Lead Scientist and Education Coordinator Tom Maynard, Volunteer Coordinator and Educator Ben Hale, Inland Seas Captain BOARD OF DIRECTORS RADM John G. Tanner, President Pat Reay, Vice President Sally Somsel, Secretary Mary Krantz, Treasurer Cathie Ballard Bill Chaney Nancy Powers Barbara Rykwalder Tom Wessels Thom Yocum

Jacques Cousteau said, “People protect what they love.” The Great Lakes are comprised of 4,530 miles of shoreline and six quadrillion gallons of fresh water. That’s a lot to love. Inland Seas Education Association (ISEA) has been dedicated to helping people of all ages experience the Great Lakes for 27 years. We believe the sustainability of the Great Lakes so many people love rests in all our hands. ISEA provides hands-on experiences, on and near the water, for people to learn about the health of the Great Lakes and their role in protecting it for future generations. PROGRAMS Our STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs, on and off the 77’ tall ship schooner, impact youth and adults with the important task of caring for the Great Lakes. Youth in grades 4-12 learn essential concepts about the Great Lakes’ ecosystem by becoming scientists for a day when they collect and analyze samples and look at trend data. High school students in multi-day programs experience an in-depth understanding of Great Lakes research as they live aboard the ship. Summer day programming incorporates these same scientific elements, targeting families and individuals of all ages. On shore, individuals learn to care for the Great Lakes through boat building programs, wetland walks, and invasive species exhibits in the Education Center and Museum. The addition of a biological station will expand yearround multi-day programming for youth and adults including school groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, college students and professors, Road Scholars, etc. More information about programs can be found at HOW YOU CAN HELP Donate: As we look to the long-term stewardship of our Great Lakes, ISEA is focused on reaching an increasing number of people with our mission. Providing transformational opportunities for youth and adults are made possible through our donors.

“My entire life has been changed by the Inland Seas Program not just because it encouraged me to follow my passion (marine science). Your donation has taught me how to thrive out of my comfort zone.” ~Katie, 2016 Young Women in STEM participant Donors can become members, sponsor specific programs, or give to general operating costs through cash donations and other legacy gifts like real estate, life insurance, and planned giving. More information about donating can be found at Volunteer: In order to impact a growing number of individuals, physical help is needed. Manning a station or crewing on the ship are just two of the volunteer positions available. Other volunteer needs include boat shop, office work, grounds and maintenance, Education Center docent, fund development, and more. Volunteering descriptions can be found at



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GIVING Guide to

Manistee County Community Foundation Limitless Opportunities 395 Third Street Manistee, MI 49660 231-723-7269


Enhancing the quality of life in Manistee County by: • Providing leadership to affect community change • Making grants that address local needs • Building endowed funds

WHO WE ARE The Manistee County Community Foundation (MCCF) is a tax-exempt nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the Manistee County region – today and in the future. Established in 1987, the foundation provides leadership to achieve community change, makes grants that address local needs, and builds community endowment. WHAT WE DO The MCCF is the only entity serving Manistee County that impacts all aspects of life – youth, education, the arts, environment, recreation, human services, economic development, and more. We administer more than 90 funds totaling almost $4 million in community assets to support areas of need. ACHIEVEMENTS The MCCF has awarded $1.5 million in grants over our history. Yet equally important to our financial impact is our track record in leading community change. The foundation spearheaded the county’s first visioning effort, Envision Manistee County; plays a key role in the Explore the Shores program to make our county’s waters accessible; and administers Launch Manistee, a cradle-to-career educational initiative to ensure the success of Manistee County students.

The Limitless Fund – Doubling your Impact

There has never been a better time to support Manistee County. An anonymous donor challenged the MCCF to raise $500,000 in gifts and pledges by Dec. 31, 2016 to receive a matching gift of $500,000. Upon learning that we reached our goal, the donor generously offered to continue matching gifts – dollar for dollar – up to $1 million total through the end of the year. If fully realized, the challenge will increase the Limitless Fund, our unrestricted endowment, by eight times and generate approximately $80,000 annually in new grant monies available to respond to community needs.

STAFF Laura Heintzelman, Executive Director Chelle Hrachovina, Administrative & Program Assistant BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brad Hopwood, President Cyndy Fuller, Vice President Kathryn Glancy, Secretary Burton Parks, Treasurer Leann Burger Robert Carson Tim Ervin Robert Evans Jesse Keson Chip May Beth McCarthy David Mix Steve Parsons George V. Saylor III

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YOU CAN PARTICIPATE Join us in a way that is most rewarding: • Support Limitless Possibilities! Contribute to the Limitless Fund before Dec. 31, 2016 and double your impact through this 1:1 matching grant. Your gift may be pledged over three years. Visit • Further Your Passion. Establish a new fund or contribute to one of our 90 existing funds. View our list at

Leave a Legacy. Include the MCCF in your will or estate plan to help build a better community into the future. Visit

Grow Your Impact. Encourage your favorite charity to seek a MCCF grant or a student to apply for a scholarship. Learn more at

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GIVING Guide to

Buckets of Rain At Buckets of Rain, the mission is “Growing Hope and Feeding Lives.” Buckets of Rain is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that rekindles hope in struggling neighborhoods through the development of urban gardens in Highland Park and Detroit, MI. Buckets of Rain gives away fresh produce to veteran shelters, women & children centers, and residents of Highland Park and Detroit. Buckets of Rain was formed in 2006 with different beginnings: providing and teaching about a unique type of gravity fed drip irrigation to help impoverished communities feed themselves in the dry, mountainous African country of Lesotho, as well as areas of Kenya, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize. Since 2012, Buckets of Rain has turned its attention to the neighborhoods and food deserts at home in Michigan. Donated auto part bins from both Ford Motor and General Motors are re-purposed as raised garden beds on abandoned lots in blighted inner city neighborhoods. BOR works with the homeless shelters run by Detroit Rescue Mission Ministries, soup kitchens and community centers to distribute the fresh vegetables within the neighborhoods in Detroit and Highland Park. Buckets of Rain continues to support international efforts, including providing resources in Guatemala City, financially supporting a food gleaning and distribution program that benefits rural hospitals, schools, homes for the elderly, and women’s groups. Plans at home and abroad are in the works for 2017 - from expanding partnerships with businesses and organizations to building greenhouses, Buckets of Rain continues the march toward its mission: “Growing Hope and Feeding Lives!” To learn more, visit our website at

PO Box 251 Empire, MI 49630 231-883-7213

BOR is looking for your financial support to help bring hopes for year-round provision of produce to life through greenhouses. We also need financial support to hire garden managers and provide equipment and materials for continued garden expansion to feed those in need.


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GIVING Guide to

Giving Directory Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan 1609 Park Drive, P.O. Box 5946 Traverse City, MI 49686 231.947.8920 or 800.442.1713

Buckets of Rain Find out more on page 40

Camp Daggett

03001 Church Road Petoskey, MI 49770 231.347.9742

Camp Quality Michigan Find out more on pages 8 & 15

Char-Em United Way P.O. Box 1701 Petoskey, MI 49770 231.487.1006

Cherryland Humane Society Find Out More on Inside Front Cover &5

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Find out more on pages 34 & 9

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

Disability Network /Northwest Michigan 415 E. Eighth Street Traverse City, MI 49686 231.922.0903

Friendship Centers of Emmet County, Council on Aging 1322 Anderson Road Petoskey, MI 49770 231.347.3211 or 888.347.0369

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan Inc. Find out more on pages 12 & 23

Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools Find out more on pages 14 & 19

Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council Find out more on pages 16 & 17

Grand Traverse Musicale P.O. Box 31 Williamsburg, MI 49690

Grand Traverse Pavilions Find out more on pages 28, 29 & 23 Find out more on pages 35 & 11

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Find out more on pages 30, 31 & 13

Great Lakes Children’s Museum

13240 S. West Bay Shore Drive P.O. Box 2326 Traverse City, MI 49685 231.932.4526

Habitat For Humanity — Grand Traverse Region Find out more on pages 36 & 19

Hospice of Michigan Find out more on page 41

Inland Seas Education Association Find out more on pages 37 & 7

Interlochen Center for the Arts Find out more on pages 10 & 15

Leelanau Children’s Center Find out more on page 41

Leelanau Community Cultural Center/The Old Art Building 111 Main Street, P.O. Box 883 Leland, MI 49654 231.256.2131

RESPONDING TO NEED IS IN OUR DNA. And being part of the communities we serve makes us all the more eager to give back.




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GIVING Guide to

Giving Directory Leelanau Conservancy

105 North First Street, P.O. Box 1007 Leland, MI 49654 231.256.9665

Lions of Michigan Service Foundation Find out more on page 18

Manistee County Community Foundation Find out more on pages 38 & 21

Michael’s Place

1212 Veterans Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231.947.6453

Michigan Legacy Art Park

Northwest Michigan Supportive Housing Find Our More on Page 18

Oliver Art Center

132 Coast Guard Road P.O. Box 1513 Frankfort, MI 49635 231.352.4151

Point Betsie Lighthouse

3963 Three Mile Road Traverse City, MI 49686 231.947.3780 or 800.632.7334

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Traverse Area District Library

2000 Chartwell Drive, #3 Traverse City, MI 49696 231.929.4250

5020 N. Putnam Road, P.O. Box 288 Omena, MI 49674 231.271.3738 Find out more on pages 32, 33 & 7

Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency

Traverse Area Community Sailing

Saving Birds Thru Habitat

Munson Healthcare Foundations

5025 Church Road Boyne City, MI 49712 231.881.5590

13272 S. West Bay Shore Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231.935.1514 Find out more on pages 39 & 21

Silver Muzzle Cottage

Northern Michigan Equine Therapy

The Watershed Center Grand Traverse Bay

3701 Point Betsie Road, P.O. Box 601 Frankfort, MI 49635 231.352.7644

12500 Crystal Mountain Drive Thompsonville, MI 49683 231.378.4963 Find out more on pages 2 & 9

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center

Traverse City Film Festival Find out more on page 20

Traverse Health Clinic Find out more on page 42

The Manna Food Project

United Way of Northwest Michigan

The Nature Conservancy

YMCA Camp Arbutus Hayo-Went-Ha Find out more on page 42 Find Out More on Back Cover & Page 17

The Salvation Army — Traverse City Find out more on pages 4 & 11 Find out more on page 20

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