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Opportunities for Charitable Giving in Northern Michigan

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Make a Difference! Bright Futures for People & Places in Northern Michigan

Nonprofit Achievements

12 Inspiring Stories!

2013-2014 From MyNorthMedia, publisher of

Charitable Events Calendar 50+ Causes Worth Your Support

Giving hope.

In 1989, Father Fred created The Father Fred Foundation to be a sentinel of support for those in need. Help us ensure that his vision for The Foundation endures for another 25 years. To learn about our gift planning opportunities, please contact Rosemary Hagan at 231.947.2055 or

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Table of Contents The Father Fred Foundation The First Tee of Northern Michigan Antrim County High Tea Camp Quality Editor’s Note Achievements Little Traverse Bay Humane Society Down Syndrome Association Feeding America Fishtown Preservation DTCA—Shop Your Community Day Charitable Events Calendar Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Habitat for Humanity HomeStretch Big Brothers Big Sisters Child & Family Services ISLAND Traverse Health Clinic Utopia Foundation Habitat For Humanity Food Bank Council Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council Girl Scouts of Michigan Grass River Natural Area Horizon Financial Lions of Michigan Michigan Legacy Art Park Michigan Lupus Foundation Mt. Holiday Music House Museum National Writers Series Peter Dougherty Society Prout Financial Ronald McDonald House Giving Directory Listings with over 50 organizations Raymond James The Nature Conservancy

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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 from 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, so 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

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Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Lots More Homes for Furry Friends Local animal lovers will love this news: 2013 is projected to be the biggest adoption year ever in Little Traverse Bay Humane Society’s 62-year history. According to Executive Director Deter Racine, adoptions are expected to hit 600 this year—above the average of about 450. “When you consider that we’re just a small group, it’s a huge accomplishment,” she says. What makes this feat so extraordinary is that it happened without any particular dedicated initiative or facility expansion. So why such success? In part, increased exposure via LTBHS’s website and social media (photos of adoption-ready furry friends are posted daily to LTBHS Facebook page). And then, of course, there are the tireless efforts of the staff and volunteers, who help reduce adoption returns by working with animals to prepare them for their own “happily ever after.” Racine says it costs about $450 for a healthy animal to receive food, shelter and veterinary care at the humane society for the

“Every animal who gets saved is not just our legacy, but the legacy of everyone who supports us.” duration of the average two-week stay. But with the unfortunate increase of abused, neglected and hoarded pets, some animals cost upwards of $1,000 each. For LTBHS, a 100-percent donorfunded organization, that makes having such a caring, involved community absolutely priceless. After all, says Racine: “Every animal who gets saved is not just our legacy, but the legacy of everyone who supports us.”

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Holiday Shopping That Gives Back When you’re doing your holiday shopping this year, don’t just pay; pay it forward. That’s the message of Shop Your Community Day, an annual event hosted by the Downtown Traverse City Association. Held on the second Saturday in November, Shop Your Community Day helps holiday shoppers support local businesses as well as their favorite regional nonprofits with each purchase they make. It’s a brilliantly simple idea: When shoppers make a purchase at participating downtown businesses or restaurants, 15 percent of the sale price is donated to the nonprofit of the shopper’s choosing from a list of 50 regional charities. A local blood bank is even on hand, offering a donation for every person who gives blood. The event draws people from all over the region, many of whom meet up with friends and family to make a day of it. “It’s not your typical hectic, crowded holiday shopping experience—and it’s a win-win for everyone,” says DTCA’s Colleen Paveglio. Since the event was first launched in 2005, Shop Your Community Day has raised more than $131,000 for local nonprofits, with $25,000 raised in just one day last year. Help make 2013 the best year yet; this year’s Shop Your Community Day happens November 9.

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Father Fred Foundation

Where Healthy Food Helps Empower It’s been a landmark year for Northern Michigan’s largest food pantry. Following a trend that’s increasing nationwide, The Father Fred Foundation transitioned its food pantry into a self-shop facility—a major development that completely changes the experience for families in need. Now, instead of simply being handed food, guests can move through the facility as though it was a regular grocery store—shopping cart and all. Traditionally, volunteers put food in a bag, but organizers worried that system removed an important element of control. “When folks can choose the food themselves, there’s a lot of dignity in that,” says Rosemary Hagan, executive director at Father Fred. The updated food pantry includes a canopied area for fresh fruits and vegetables, a canned goods section, and areas for meat, milk, cheese and personal care products. Volunteers that formerly assembled the donation bags are now on hand to help guests with questions, such as how to cook with unfamiliar ingredients like, say, spaghetti squash. “It’s enabled us to really rethink and align with promoting healthy living,” Hagan says. While food drive donations are always important, Hagan says monetary gifts are vital because they allow Father Fred to forge relationships with local farmers and producers. In turn? Fresh, healthy food becomes a reality for all.

The Nature Conservancy

Victory at Point Betsie When it comes to local ecological restoration projects, you’ll often hear The Nature Conservancy’s name. But this global nonprofit, on the ground in 38 countries and all 50 states, is a separate entity from many of the regional ecological and environmental groups—and that’s a good thing. “We’re really big, but not big in a bad way,” says The Nature Conservancy’s Melissa Molenda. “When we’re talking about the Great Lakes, it’s not just the small shoreline of Lake Michigan but the entire Great Lakes basin, from Minnesota to New York.” The Nature Conservancy’s big-picture thinking and international stature makes it an invaluable resource for smaller, locally based nonprofits like Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, leading to partnerships that help make big projects happen. TNC’s recent regional “win” is Zetterberg Preserve at Point Betsie, where the organization helped provide more than 40,000 hours of boots-on-the-ground work and secured grants when additional

“When we’re talking about the Great Lakes, it’s not just the small shoreline of Lake Michigan but the entire Great Lakes basin, from Minnesota to New York.” funding was needed. The result? A gorgeous swath of wetlands, forest and shifting sands at one of the North’s most beloved spots is now—and forever—a place where endangered native species like Pitcher’s thistle and Lake Huron locust can thrive. For more on The Nature Conservancy’s projects in Northwest Michigan, visit


L i t t l e Tra v e r s e B a y H u m a n e S o c i e t y Where True Love is Rescued

Farrell | Adopted 6.26.13 12 puppies rescued. 12 more lives saved.

At Little Traverse Bay Humane Society, our mission is simple: To save the lives of homeless animals.


Petey | Adopted 7.9.13

Laska | Adopted 8.1.13

When we learned about a litter of 12 puppies who were scheduled to be euthanized because their owners couldn’t care for them, we knew we wanted to be a part of their life-saving efforts. Upon arrival, however, staff immediately knew something was wrong. The puppies bellies’ were swollen and it became apparent that each of them was infested with worms and intestinal parasites. But that wasn’t their biggest challenge. Days later, our worst nightmare was realized when our well-trained staff noticed that a few of the puppies began to exhibit the initial symptoms of Parvovirus, a deadly viral disease. Most other shelters euthanize animals who exhibit parvovirus because of the cost, the amount of staff time to treat it, how highly contagious it is and its high fatality rate. Because of the irony of this situation, we were doubly committed to giving these puppies a second chance.

The staff immediately went into action. Our veterinarian was contacted to ensure that we had the proper medical supplies on hand, the puppies were quarantined according to established protocol, staff instituted deep clean procedures and the puppies began their long journey to become healthy, adoptable pets. We all celebrated as each of them was adopted into a loving home.

OUR MEMBERS MAKE A DIFFERENCE As a no-kill, 100% donor-funded organization, members not only support our mission to offer warm shelter, veterinary services and personal attention to all the animals in our care. Members also help us provide proactive methods to control pet overpopulation and support the various programs we have developed to provide animals with the care and attention they need to become adoptable companions. Please visit to read more about how you can play a role in our life-saving programs and how they impact hundreds of animals each year.

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Building Low-Income, High-Tech Houses This year marked the groundbreaking of Habitat for HumanityGrand Traverse Region’s most ambitious project to date: 10 new homes that, when finished, will not only be affordable, but will showcase the new face of environmentally sustainable building. Located in the new Depot Neighborhood, a low-income residential project shared with HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation, these 10 new single-family homes will be net zero—meaning each home will consume only energy produced on-site, via sustainable means like roof-mounted solar panels. The homes will also be situated in the heart of downtown Traverse City, making “smart commute” options—like walking, biking and carpooling—far easier for families. For Habitat-GTR, taking these measures isn’t just about being green—it makes economical sense, too. “According to some estimates, families can spend over half a million dollars over the span of a 30-year mortgage on energy costs and transportation,” notes Habitat-GTR’s Angela Sayler. By having those expenses out of the way, families living in the Depot Neighborhood will be saving

The homes will also be situated in the heart of downtown Traverse City, making “smart commute” options—like walking, biking and carpooling—far easier for families. money for more essential costs of living—not to mention paving the way for more environmentally friendly living in Traverse City. The estimated $1.5 million project kicked off around Labor Day. It’s expected that by this coming spring, the first Depot Neighborhood families will receive the keys to their new, sustainable future.

HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation

Welcoming People Home

For 17 years, HomeStretch has strived to put affordable, attractive housing within reach for low-income families in the Traverse City area. And in 2013, in partnership with Habitat for HumanityGrand Traverse Region, HomeStretch is making history by undertaking its largest project ever at the Depot Neighborhood. Located on a 2.5-acre property formerly home to a railroad station in downtown Traverse City, the Depot Neighborhood project will include a total of 21 residences, including 11 units (five duplexes and one house) built by HomeStretch. According to HomeStretch executive director Bill Merry, the property will be designed as a “pocket neighborhood”—with front porches and doors oriented toward a landscaped inner greenway, creating a cozy, commonsarea feel. The residences will be energy efficient and serve a variety of household incomes, Merry says, opening the door to sustainable homeownership for a broader spectrum of the community. As the only locally based nonprofit of its kind, HomeStretch has built more than 100 residences since its inception. When

HomeStretch’s work at the Depot Neighborhood is complete in spring 2014, the dream of homeownership will become reality for 11 more local families.


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Big Brothers Big Sisters

Forging Lifelong Connections For Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan, success isn’t measured in leaps-and-bounds growth—it’s in the creation and strengthening of relationships, an intangible that happens over time. And yet last year saw significant progress for this regional branch of the nation’s largest volunteer-supported mentoring network: 64 children on a waiting list of 200 were successfully matched with a mentor, almost doubling the program’s numbers for a total of 192 mentoring relationships in eight counties. This momentum was made possible by a significant increase in sponsorships for the nonprofit’s “Adopt-a-Match” program, which asks donors to pledge $1,000—the cost for a year of mentorship for an at-risk child. “So often, what happens with these relationships is they stay in touch forever,” says executive director Cecilia Chesney. “These children just need someone to spend time with them and listen to them.” For Chesney, the best kind of progress report is not in the nonprofit’s yearly stats, but rather the positive feedback she always receives from the families affected by her organization’s mentorship programs. “It just reinforces what we do,” she says. “When I think about success, I think about those stories.”

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

A Life-Saving Haven Some of the most important work in this world is done quietly, behind the scenes. Nothing could be truer for Safe Haven, a program implemented in 2012 by Traverse City–based Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan. This supervised visitation and exchange program for families affected by domestic violence allows children to spend time with non-custodial parents in an environment that’s safe and supportive. In situations where parents can’t see or talk to each other without conflict, Safe Haven is a vital resource, says Child and Family Services’ Gina Aranki. “With Safe Haven, children are effectively removed from the middle of their parents’ issues, and the possibility of violence is greatly diminished,” Aranki says. “That gives families an opportunity to begin to heal from some of the trauma they have experienced.” As the only program of its kind in Northern Michigan, Safe Haven serves 15 counties—which is why it was a huge victory for Child and Family Services to open a second Safe Haven facility this past year, in Mancelona. Breaking down the transportation barrier

As the only program of its kind in Northern Michigan, Safe Haven serves 15 counties—which is why it was a huge victory for Child and Family Services to open a second Safe Haven facility this past year, in Mancelona.

allows more people to access Safe Haven—which, as Aranki says, is profoundly important: “For some women, Safe Haven has literally saved their lives.”


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Institute of Sustainable Living, Art & and Natural Design

Rooting for the Next Generation of Farmers The biggest obstacle to most new farmers is also the single thing that’s most necessary for farming: land. Which is exactly why the folks at the Institute of Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design (ISLAND), a Bellaire-based nonprofit arts and ecology center, decided in 2013 to launch the region’s first farmer residency. The program lets new farmers stretch their wings by offering two big resources—land and capital—to help bridge the tricky divide between training and establishing a successful career. Farmers accepted into the program pay a small tuition fee, and in exchange they are given land, equipment and mentorship for the duration of the three-year residency, effectively allowing them to test their business model and refine their skills. Though the farmer residency officially launched this fall, the idea had long been on the minds of ISLAND co-directors Brad and Amanda

Utopia Foundation

The program lets new farmers stretch their wings by offering two big resources—land and capital. Kik. “We kept hearing about this problem of beginning farmers not having access to land or capital,” says Kik. “We thought that was a need we could fill for our community and at the same time increase local food production in Northwest Michigan.” The program’s first-ever farmer resident will dig his or her hands into the earth starting spring 2014.

Farm-Fresh Food for All When founder Paul Sutherland sat down with the newly formed Utopia Foundation’s board of directors in 2007, the team decided the world did not need another nonprofit. So it was resolved that Utopia would instead support existing organizations aligned with Utopia’s mission—namely, early childhood development and healthy, resilient communities. Since then, the organization has assisted dozens of global and local programs, largely through matching grants and an initiative called Utopia Gifts, which lets donors search for and give to highly vetted projects and nonprofits listed on Utopia’s website. In Traverse City, Utopia Foundation’s big recent success has been Double-Up Food Bucks, a statewide nonprofit program that doubles the money on a SNAP Bridge Card (the modern version of food stamps) when used at a farmers market rather than at a bigbox or grocery store. With 22,000 people eligible for the program in the region—40 percent of whom are children—Utopia jumped at the chance to assist the Michigan Land Use Institute in bringing Double-Up Food Bucks to the area. “On top of increasing access and affordability of healthy food, it improves our local economy and gives a boost to local farmers,” says Dorothy Sirrine, Utopia Foundation’s executive director. In 2012, that amounted to $48,000 for local farms—and access to nutritious, locally grown food for more of the Northern Michigan community.

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Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy

A Bright Future for Arcadia Marsh A single stalk of wild rice became the harbinger of hope this year for one Northern conservation project. In Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s latest triumph, Arcadia Marsh—home to one of the Great Lakes’ rarest ecosystems—was finally restored to health after decades of deterioration. The 155-acre parcel had been under siege by invasive species and degraded by human activity—creek diversion, road construction and more—dating as far back as the late 1800s. Coastal marshes are crucial to the Great Lakes’ health—they’re as productive as tropical rainforests when it comes to biomass per acre—so saving Arcadia Marsh, one of just 17 remaining coastal marshes on the eastern side of Lake Michigan, was imperative, says GTRLC’s Jennifer Jay. The three-year project, aided by environmental groups and municipal departments, included a prescribed burn to decimate invasive vegetation, restoration of a historic creek, and orchestrating new habitat for native birds, fish, waterfowl and plants. And that stalk of wild rice? When it appeared one day—the wild rice, long a state-threatened species—it was clear that Arcadia Marsh was finally back on track. Though major restoration work is complete, the Arcadia Marsh project is far from finished. Next steps include acquiring adjacent properties and establishing a universally accessible system of trails and bridges, allowing the marsh to be both secure and accessible for future generations to enjoy.

Traverse Health Clinic

Making Northern Michigan Healthier, Happier A truly open-door policy: That’s the practice at Traverse Health Clinic, after 2013 heralded a huge expansion in whom the nonprofit organization can assist. Since its inception in 1975 as a free clinic run by volunteer physicians, THC has evolved to offer noand low-cost primary care to thousands of Northwest Michigan residents. But for a long time there were limitations on who could access services: one had to be between the ages of 19 and 64, live in specific counties, and be uninsured, among other restrictions. As of this year, however, Traverse Health Clinic is a “serve all” facility—regardless of age, income, insurance or residence. Having the ability to offer affordable care to kids and seniors in addition to the community’s underserved adults is a major victory for the clinic, says development and marketing director Sherri Fenton. Fees at the clinic will continue to be set via a sliding scale, based on what each patient can afford. Most importantly, the

Most importantly, the clinic staff promises no one will ever be turned away for inability to pay. “We believe nobody should go without care,” Fenton says. clinic staff promises no one will ever be turned away for inability to pay. “We believe nobody should go without care,” Fenton says. “Now, we’re able to just wrap our arms around everybody.”

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2013 SEPTEMBER Food Bank Council Of Michigan 23rd Annual Michigan Harvest Gathering September 19 thru October A statewide food drive and fundraising effort to stock the food pantries, kitchens and shelters throughout Michigan. Michigan residents are welcome to drop off nonperishable food items at Secretary of State branch offices. Organizations collecting food donations should contact their local Food Bank. Cash donations are also accepted. For more information: The Father Fred Foundation Fall Food Drive September 21–28 This annual event helps The Father Fred Foundation ready its food pantry shelves for the onset of winter. Held at several Oleson’s, Tom’s and Family Fare stores in the Traverse City area. Donations of canned goods and other pantry staples are greatly appreciated. For a complete list of most needed items, go to

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Million Meal March 10K Trail Hike September 28 Join hundreds of anti-hunger advocates and hike the White Pine Trail to raise money to send out one million meals. This family-friendly event is open to walkers, runners and bikers of all abilities, and pets are welcome. Lunch and live music provided. Find out more at: OCTOBER ISLAND 3rd Annual Hog Breakdown & Charcuterie Workshop October 12–13 Learn how to use simple techniques to preserve meat in your own home through salting, smoking and curing. This two-day event, led by Executive Chef Steven Grostick of the Produce Station in Ann Arbor, starts with a hands-on hog breakdown. Techniques will be discussed in detail and you’ll receive fresh take-home pork to preserve. Pre-registration required:

Grass River Natural Area Autumn Fest October 26 Bring the family for a fun-filled afternoon at the Grass River Natural Area. Take a haunted hike, play games, create autumn crafts and more. 1-3 p.m. Free. 231.533.8314,

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Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan Homecoming Gala October 26 This year’s Gala will capture the spirit and fun of a homecoming football game. Join us for an upscale tailgate dinner and cocktails while enjoying an auction and games. A halftime show is planned with a few surprises. Money raised ensures a “home away from home” for families of seriously ill children. Find out more at: Fishtown Preservation Benefit Brunch At The Bluebird October 27 Enjoy a wonderful buffet brunch and beverage plus door prizes, music and fun while supporting the preservation of the historical and fishing heritage of Fishtown for future generations to enjoy. 231.256.8878, NOVEMBER Food Bank Council of Michigan Harvest Gathering Celebration Luncheon November 6 Come join us in celebrating the many hands that come together to make this statewide program a success. Tickets at: fbcmich.or. Northern Lakes Community Mental Health Art Of Recovery: The Human Journey Art Show November 6 Join us for a reception, held at the Inside Out Gallery in Traverse City, showcasing the journey of recovery through art created by residents of

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Northwest Michigan. 231.935.3099, Downtown Traverse City Annual Shop Your Community Day November 9 Shop for a cause! Support the organization of your choice just by shopping select downtown stores today. 15% of purchase donated. Look for the shopping bag and balloons! DECEMBER Cherryland Humane Society Tree Of Lights December (all month) 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, Wineries of Old Mission Peninsula Annual Day of Giving December 7 Celebrate the season of giving. For one day only, each winery will be donating 15% of their gross sales to a select Northern Michigan nonprofit organization, SwingShift and the Stars Dance Off for Charity Grand Finale Event December 20 Six couples dance off for six worthy charities including Great Lakes Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity

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Grand Traverse Region, Spay/Neuter Coalition of Greater Grand Traverse Area, Peace Ranch, Grand Traverse Dyslexia Foundation and The Father Fred Foundation. Voters are encouraged to donate to the charity of their choice. City Opera House, Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan CherryT Ball Drop December 31 Welcome the New Year in style with the 4th annual charity ball drop in downtown TC. The Goodwill will be accepting donations on site,

2014 JANUARY Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council Membership Drive All Year Help share the gift of reading. Nearly 1 in 10 Michigan citizens are not at an adequate reading level for today’s world. For only $20, you can become a member for the year and help promote literacy in your Northern Michigan community. Contributions welcome, 231.922.4574, FEBRUARY  The Father Fred Foundation Canstruction TC February 1-9 Come watch as local do-

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gooders team up and create larger-than-life structures out of cans of food. Prizes awarded in several categories, but the real winners are the area’s needy, as all of the cans used in the construction will be donated to The Father Fred Foundation’s food pantry. Held at the Grand Traverse Mall. 231.947.2055, JUNE Michigan Legacy Art Park Summer Kick Off: Fairies & Forts June 21 Create your own art projects at the amphitheater, hike to the Fort for the annual flag raising, explore the Park by participating in a fun bingo game or photo scavenger hunt, interact with Art Park artists and enjoy refreshments. Boy and Girl Scouts can earn a patch on site. 231.378.4963, Lions of Michigan Service Foundation Eye Care, Do You Charity Runs June 28–29 Annual 5K, 8K and ½ marathon charity runs, held in conjunction with Oscoda’s annual Art on the Beach, at the Wurtsmith Air Force Base. Enjoy a scenic run on a paved course along the shoreline of beautiful Van Ettan Lake while raising money to provide eye care for needy people across Michigan. Also 1K and 5K charity walk. 517.887.6640, Glen Arbor Art Association 4 Manitou Music Festival Date TBD Located in the pastoral splendor of Leelanau County, the Manitou Music Festival presents exciting and diverse concerts featuring national and regional performers of classical, jazz and folk music in idyllic outdoor and family-friendly settings. 231.334.6112,

JULY Camp Quality Boyne Thunder Poker Run July 11-12 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. 231.582.9009, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy Preservation Celebration July 17 Provides an opportunity for friends and supporters of the GTRLC and others who value the natural, scenic and farm lands of our area to gather with Conservancy staff and volunteers to celebrate the ongoing success of preserving land forever. The Father Fred Foundation Harley Owners Group Ride for Father Fred July 19-20 Two days of motorcycle events that culminate on Sunday with the 22nd Annual Ride for Father Fred along the beautiful Old Mission Peninsula. Open to bikes of all makes—and their riders. Proceeds benefit The Father Fred Foundation’s back-to-school footwear program. 231.947.2055,

surrounding 15 acres in the village of Old Mission. When completed, the home site will become a historical and educational center with plans for heirloom orchards and gardens, reflecting farming in the late 19th century. To find out more: Little Traverse Bay Humane Society 15th Annual Howl at the Moon August 21 Join animal-lovers for an evening of refreshments, music and mouthwatering specialties served by local restaurants. After the silent auction, the thrill of a live auction begins! Proceeds provide food, shelter and veterinary care for hundreds of homeless dogs and cats. For tickets or to donate auction items, Leelanau Conservancy Annual Picnic & Auction Date TBD A celebration of love for Leelanau. Enjoy local foods, wine and music. Kids tent and live auction. 231.256.9665,

AUGUST Peter Dougherty Society Annual Dougherty Society Fundraiser August 2 Come join in the fun and help raise funds to restore the historic home site and

Michigan Legacy Art Park Legacy Gala Date TBD This fundraising event includes local food and wine, silent auction, music and the presentation of the Legacy Award, bestowed annually to recognize those who have made a positive impact on Michigan’s arts. 231.378.4963, Manitou Music Festival


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Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy 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. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Glen Chown BOARD OF DIRECTORS Diane VanderVeen, Chair Bob Marshall, Vice-Chair Ken Engle, Treasurer Royce Ragland, Secretary Marcia Curran Dick Ford Kathleen Guy Jessica Hatch Jennifer Jaffe Gerald Jehle Beth Karczewski Charlie Kehr Terry Rogers Christie McGue Mary Swift Allen Taylor Terrie Taylor Dori Turner

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Anyone who has taken a recent drive through Acme can see the dramatic results. The once blighted stretch of US-31, dappled with old motels and an abandoned restaurant, is being transformed. With the old structures removed, scenic water views are plentiful as is the open space to play and partake in all the gifts that the lake offers. Exposing the beauty very well may be the first step in encouraging this generation and future generations to care for our region’s natural assets. We first must see the natural wonder; next experience and appreciate it; and, finally, love and steward it. Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy’s (GTRLC) efforts along the Acme shoreline are carefully uncovering each of these layers so the community can better connect to this glorious stretch of East Bay.

ENGAGING COMMUNITY Long before the buildings came down and exposed the shore, years of behind-the-scenes planning and activity took place. Work started in 2007, when a group of community members approached GTRLC and Acme Township to explore the idea of creating a one-mile shoreline park in Acme where the water closely hugs US-31, but where buildings and other structures blocked scenic views and beach access. Community visionaries and business leaders, public and private stakeholders, all wanted to protect and enhance the shoreline, and open its use for residents and visitors alike. As one business leader noted: “We’re sending people to Sleeping Bear Dunes, and we have a beautiful shoreline in our backyard.” The shoreline had Bayside Park and other natural assets, but they were disconnected, divided by businesses and industry, making them underperforming assets to which residents clearly weren’t connecting.

FINDING A LEADER The community needed an organization well-schooled and practiced in conservation to take the lead, and GTRLC gladly welcomed the opportunity. With a mission to protect and care for the region’s natural, scenic, farm and forest lands, the conservancy was already actively involved in restoration and conservation efforts along the Acme/US-31 corridor, including Maple Bay Natural Area, Deepwater Point, and farm protection projects. Partnering to restore this stretch of the Acme shoreline was a natural fit. As the project launched, GTRLC began meeting with property owners and over time acquired six acres of land with 1,300 feet of shoreline from willing sellers and at fair market value. This huge amount of land acquisition couldn’t have been accomplished without both public and private support from Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund, private foundations, and dedicated individuals. Acme Business Association, Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, and Grand Traverse County also actively participated in planning and fundraising for the Acme project. More observable activities followed the strategic work and land acquisition. Underutilized, blighted and empty buildings – including the Mountain Jacks building (formerly Embers), Sun ‘N Sands Motel, and the Beach Club Motel – were deconstructed over the summer. And, at last, we can now see the shoreline. Acme Township is in the process of finalizing a plan that will guide Acme Shoreline Park improvements. Enhanced parking, landscaping, walking paths, natural water features, picnic and play areas are all featured in the design. CATALYZING CHANGE Opening up parkland, especially a shoreline park with such easy access, provides many benefits to the community other than

another a place to relax and enjoy the water. Acme’s Bayside Park has potential to … • attract more visitors and provide a reason for visitors to linger longer, • be a catalyst for local business development on the other side of US-31 and help to bridge commerce and recreation, • connect natural assets along the shoreline and with TART trails, and • complement farmland protection initiatives already under way along the Acme/US-31 corridor. Additionally, this project has provided a great example of the power of collective impact and bringing the community together for a higher goal. And that community engagement, in the form of volunteerism and monetary support, contributes to good civic health. By improving access to natural resources, communities create spaces that everyone can enjoy, presenting opportunities for improved recreation and cultivating more stewards of Michigan’s natural resources. Restoration efforts at Acme Shoreline Park and along the US-31 corridor are fine examples; public access to the waterfront along a linear corridor the length of the Acme shoreline is rare. Everyone benefits, and everyone enjoys. You can help continue the momentum by supporting this project. Every gift helps meet the remaining need of $500,000 by December 31, 2013. This work and other conservation and land protection projects of the GTRLC is only possible through the financial support of individuals, families, foundations, and corporations who generously give. Please consider making a gift today; to give online, visit


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HABITAT FOR HUMANTITYGRAND TRAVERSE REGION 1129 Woodmere Ave., Suite F Traverse City, MI 49686 231.941.4663 VISION That all individuals and families live in thriving neighborhoods where hopes and dreams are realized for generations to come because poverty housing is socially, politically and spiritually unacceptable. SERVICE AREA Grand Traverse, Kalkaska & Leelanau counties FAMILIES SERVED Very Low to low income households between 30% and 60% AMI GOAL Habitat’s commitment to sustainability will provide a brighter future for our Depot Project homeowners. By building homes that are highly energy efficient, have excellent indoor air quality and follow universal design principles, the family can enjoy a lifetime of affordability, cleaner indoor air and mobility. Ultimately, we would like to build affordable homes that harvest and produce all the energy necessary over the course of the year...and eliminate energy bills...forever. HOW YOU CAN HELP Your donation to Habitat will be used to help struggling families achieve their goal of owning a home and to build homes that are environmentally friendly. Help Habitat for Humanity defeat the cycle of poverty. Your gift is needed and appreciate. DEPOT DESIGN TEAM David Hanawalt, Jeffrey Schwaiger, Doug Mansfield, Ryan McCoon, Matthew Grocoff, Ken Williams, Jonathan Stimson and Max Strickland.

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Habitat & HomeStretch: A Better Way to Serve The Depot Neighborhood: A Habitat and HomeStretch Affordable Housing Community In an exciting cooperative partnership, Habitat for Humanity-GTR and HomeStretch are planning to build a 21-family neighborhood, designed in every aspect to provide residents with a sustainable future -both financially, socially, and environmentally. The Depot Neighborhood will consist of eleven threestory town houses built by HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation and ten single-family homes built by Habitat for Humanity – Grand Traverse Region.. The homes have been designed to make use of many green technologies, with the goal of creating a near net-zero community that will save families from the often-crippling burden of energy costs. In addition, the use of such technologies will allow residents to become eligible for federal tax incentives, further decreasing the costs of home ownership.4

HOMESTRETCH NONPROFIT HOUSING CORPORATION 3104 Logan Valley Road, Suite 300 Traverse City, MI 49684 231.947.6001 VISION To provide quality-built, energy efficient housing affordable to low income working families and permanent supportive housing for the homeless and persons with special needs. SERVICE AREA Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska & Leelanau counties FAMILIES SERVED Low to moderate income households between 60% and 80% AMI The neighborhood is centrally located in Traverse City to allow ready access to employment opportunities and other necessary living resources, reducing the need for transportation and the cost of living for the families. To foster social interactions between residents of the Depot, all the houses are designed facing inward around a shared park, creating a healthy, neighborly environment. The momentum has reached a new fervor: three families participated in a groundbreaking ceremony in May of 2013, and September marks the beginning of infrastructure construction on the project. The dream of home ownership for these families is now steadily becoming a reality. This initiative has attracted hundreds of volunteers and organizations, and has demonstrated that with a strong desire to aid those in need and a willingness to invest in creative solutions, making a difference against seemingly insurmountable economic barriers is indeed possible. One common goal, many helping hands and a really good shovel! Contact Habitat for Humantity-GTR or HomeStretch Non-Profit Housing today to find out how you can get involved.

HOW YOU CAN HELP There is an urgent and growing need for affordable housing in the Traverse City area. Your donation will help us to build affordable, attractive, energy efficient homes for income-eligible families, rehab land trust properties to ensure the long-term availability of low-income housing and continue to provide below market rate rental housing opportunities. Your help will enable us to strengthen our communities one family at a time. THIS AD SPONSORED BY


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Big Brothers Big Sisters BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN 521 South Union Street Traverse City, MI 49684 231.946.2447 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Cecilia J. Chesney BOARD OF DIRECTORS Perry Adams Tony Anderson Jacque Andres Kevin Beaudoin Mitchell Blue Chris Ballou John Cueter Bruce Finlayson Andy Gale Maxwell Janis Jennifer Jones Lauren Pfeil Susan Frye Bill Wadsworth MISSION STATEMENT To provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that can change their lives for the better. AD SPONSOR

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YOUR SUPPORT MAKES A DIFFERENCE! Amy’s Story It’s 8am, I just woke up and I’m late…hungry but no time to eat. I look in the refrigerator for something quick, but all I see is an empty milk carton and some unwrapped leftover pizza. My little brother starts to cry – he’s 2 and he needs his diaper changed. My mom left for work an hour ago, and the next door neighbor said to bring him over when it was time for me to get on the school bus. It’s a lot of stress for a 9 year old. I changed Jake’s diaper and got him dressed, then he was hungry! I made him a bottle and tried to find something to wear to school – everything was dirty – I never have any clean shirts to wear to school. I ended up wearing the same thing I had on yesterday… I really hoped no one would notice. I heard the bus driver beeping his horn – all I can think is ‘I’m Late AGAIN!’ I quickly ran Jake over to the neighbors and as I headed toward the bus, I tripped and fell, ripping a hole in my jeans on the way. This was just the beginning of a very bad day! Amy faces so many challenges every day that a 9 year old just shouldn’t have to, but there’s light at the end of the tunnel for her. When I got to school I thought, “oh good, I have time to eat some breakfast” … our school has a program for kids who don’t get breakfast at home. I felt so much better after I got something to eat. My teacher seemed kind of crabby though, and it didn’t help that I got all of my spelling words – except one – wrong! She asked why I didn’t study harder and I told her I was babysitting my little brother and didn’t have time. She seemed kind of angry about that. At lunch time my BIG Sister Sara came to see me at school. Boy was I glad to see her!!! Sara has a way of making all the bad things in my life seem far away. She helped me study my spelling words and talked to my teacher about letting me retake the test. My teacher agreed and I got ALL the words right except one, and my teacher wasn’t mad anymore! Sara said she was going to teach me how to do laundry so that I didn’t have to worry about having to wear dirty clothes to school. She also said she’d ALWAYS be here for me no matter what! I think everything’s going to be okay, because I have my Big Sister Sara! I LOVE my BIG Sister!

GIVING OPPORTUNITIES There is no gift too big or too small for Big Brothers Big Sisters. As a local organization, all of the financial gifts stay local and are used directly for running our programs and ensuring the safety and well-being of those we serve. BIGS-NW receives no State or Federal Funding, nor do we receive any funds from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. We rely on support from local grants, the United Way agencies in our service area, our own fundraising events, and individual and corporate support from the communities we serve. Interested donors can visit our website at to make a donation or call us at 231-946-2447 ext. 218. CRITICAL NEED IN 2014 Out there somewhere is someone who needs a Big. You may become the biggest influence in their life by being there or making it possible for someone to be there. The need for our services continues to grow each year. Financial support and volunteers are needed in order to continue to provide a quality program to the many individuals who seek our assistance. Please help support the many children in our community who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan

Strengthening the Fabric of the Family Since 1937 CHILD AND FAMILY SERVICES OF NORTHWESTERN MICHIGAN 3785 Veterans Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231.946.8975 SERVICE AREA 15 counties in northwestern Michigan EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/CEO Jim Scherrer BOARD OF DIRECTORS Kathie Alford, Secretary Todd Endresen Don Hakala Bryan Linck, Vice President Terry Paquet Nick Perez Cathy Shoemaker, Treasurer Rick Summers Lisa Thomas Rob Tubbs, President BOARD OF TRUSTEES EmmLee Cameron Warren “Bud” Cline III, Treasurer Erik Falconer, Secretary Galen Krupka Sheila Morgan Alan Olson, President Jack L. Otto Ken Petterson, Vice-President

Celebrating over 75 years of nurturing children and strengthening families

Child and Family Services is northwestern Michigan’s premier organization for helping people of all ages with social and emotional healing and growth. Our services include: trauma therapy; counseling for all life’s challenges; treatment and support for children victimized by sexual abuse; supervised visitation and child exchange; intensive family preservation; and independent living skills support for youth aging out of foster care. But the foundation of our work for nearly 77 years is creating homes for children—both temporary through foster care and permanent through adoption. Since 1937, we have matched more than 16,000 children with foster families and facilitated the creation of more than 3,600 new “forever families”. You may not be perfect. But you could be a perfect foster or adoptive parent. Please call us to learn more about this rewarding opportunity. If you are not a potential foster/adoptive parent, perhaps you are able to contribute time or financial resources in support of children and families. We are grateful to our generous community for helping us fulfill our mission since 1937. We hope you will consider becoming part of our “family” this year.





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Institute for Sustainable Institute for Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design Living, Art & Natural Design INSTITUTE FOR SUSTAINABLE LIVING, INSTITUTE FOR ART & NATURAL SUSTAINABLE LIVING, DESIGN (ISLAND) ART & NATURAL 5870 Cottage Drive DESIGN (ISLAND) Bellaire, MI 49615 5870 Cottage Drive 231-622-5252 Bellaire, MI 49615 231-622-5252 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Michelle Ferrarese, President BOARD OF DIRECTORS Aaron Allen, Vice President Michelle Ferrarese, President Heather Miller, Aaron Allen, Vice Treasurer President Nick Carlson, Heather Miller,Secretary Treasurer Nick Carlson, Secretary Andrea Eckert Ric Eckert Evans Andrea Toby Miller Ric Evans Joseph Trumpey Toby Miller Rolf Joseph von Walthausen Trumpey Lillie Wolff Rolf von Walthausen Lillie Wolff STAFF Amanda Kik, Co-Director STAFF Brad Kik, Kik, Co-Director Co-Director Amanda Mary Brower, Brad Kik, Co-Director Food & Farming Coordinator Mary Brower, Marty Heller, Food & Farming Coordinator Farmer Residency Manager Marty Heller, JenManager Schaap, Farmer Residency EventsJen Coordinator Schaap, Yvonne Stephens, Events Coordinator DirectorYvonne of ArtistStephens, Residency Program Director of Artist Residency Program

MISSION STATEMENT ISLAND is a non-profit arts and ecology MISSION STATEMENT center dedicated to connecting people with ISLAND is a non-profit arts and ecology nature, art and community. ISLAND helps center dedicated to connecting people with people become native to place by: nature, art and community. ISLAND helps people become native to place by: • supporting artists — visionaries, conceptual explorers and compelling • supporting artists — visionaries, communicators — with dedicated time, conceptual explorers and compelling space and resources to create new work; communicators — with dedicated time, • restoring the old and developing the space and resources to create new work; new skills and traditions of community • restoring the old and developing the self-reliance; new skills and traditions of community • creating and sharing a broad collection self-reliance; of tools for ecological living. • creating and sharing a broad collection of tools for ecological living. PROGRAMS The Hill House Residency Program supports PROGRAMS writers, artists and emerging musicians with a The Hill House Residency Program supports two to four week stay in a log cabin near East writers, artists and emerging musicians with a Jordan. Here, they are afforded the time and two to four week stay in a log cabin near East space to create new work. Jordan. Here, they are afforded the time and space to create new work. Preservation Station is a a canning kitchen on wheels. The trailer allows for people to Preservation Station is a a canning kitchen gather on local farms at the peak of produce on wheels. The trailer allows for people to ripeness to learn, upgrade their skills, and gather on local farms at the peak of produce turn food preservation from seasonal drudgripeness to learn, upgrade their skills, and ery to a party. Plus, this trailer connects the turn food preservation from seasonal drudgdots between food and our local farm econery to a party. Plus, this trailer connects the omy, adding more value and resilience to our dots between food and our local farm econsmall places. omy, adding more value and resilience to our small places. The Northern Michigan Small Farm Conference serves as a vehicle to promote and The Northern Michigan Small Farm build a local vibrant agriculture community, Conference serves as a vehicle to promote and to equip the small farm community with the build a local vibrant agriculture community, tools to be successful, and to be a forum for to equip the small farm community with the tools to be successful, and to be a forum for

the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. the open exchange of ideas within the small farm community. The Chicken Coupe is a portable, MDA certified poultry processing trailer that small farmThe Chicken Coupe is a portable, MDA certiers raising pastured poultry can use to bypass fied poultry processing trailer that small farmexpensive processing facilities and sell direct to ers raising pastured poultry can use to bypass their customers. expensive processing facilities and sell direct to their customers. Guilds invite folks to learn from one another’s practices. They are a way for folks to Guilds invite folks to learn from one anothdevelop the craft of agriculture through er’s practices. They are a way for folks to workshops, gatherings and shared work. develop the craft of agriculture through ISLAND supports five guilds: the Small workshops, gatherings and shared work. Farm Guild, Beekeepers Guild, Mushroom ISLAND supports five guilds: the Small Growers Guild, Orchard Guild, and Farm Guild, Beekeepers Guild, Mushroom Fibershed Guild. Growers Guild, Orchard Guild, and Fibershed Guild. ISLAND organizes workshops, teaching skills like welding, food preservation, garden design, ISLAND organizes workshops, teaching skills and more. ISLAND workshops have reached like welding, food preservation, garden design, thousands of people in our community over and more. ISLAND workshops have reached the last eight years. thousands of people in our community over the last eight years. The Farmer Residency Program is a farmer incubation program. Similar to a medical resiThe Farmer Residency Program is a farmer dency, the Farmer Residency helps to close incubation program. Similar to a medical resithe gap between basic farmer training and full dency, the Farmer Residency helps to close farm management. Graduates of the program the gap between basic farmer training and full gain the agricultural experience they need to farm management. Graduates of the program tackle farming as a lifelong career. gain the agricultural experience they need to tackle farming as a lifelong career. HOW YOU CAN HELP Gifts of cash, stock or property are HOW YOU CAN HELP welcome. You may donate online at Gifts of cash, stock or property are, or send a check welcome. You may donate online at made out to ISLAND to 5870 Cottage, or send a check Drive, Bellaire, MI 49615. made out to ISLAND to 5870 Cottage Drive, Bellaire, MI 49615.

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Traverse Health Clinic TRAVERSE HEALTH CLINIC 3155 Logan Valley Rd. Traverse City, MI 49684 231.935.0799 fax: 231.935.0501 SERVICE AREA The Traverse Health Clinic provides preventive primary care health services to individuals of all ages throughout the Grand Traverse Region. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Arlene Brennan BOARD OF DIRECTORS Pat Nestor, Chairman Carl Benner, MD, Vice Chairman Edward Carlson, Treasurer Heather Dykstra, JD, Secretary Catherine Allchin Karen Bartone Raymond Bohrer, MD Arlene Brennan Deborah DeBruyn Thomas Garrisi Michael Hart Julia Hogan Charles Kass, DDS Gary Mateer Derk Pronger HONORARY BOARD MEMBER Daniel Edson Kathy Garthe T. Michael Jackson Greg Paffhouse

MISSION STATEMENT To Provide Access to Affordable Health Services through Community Collaboration to People in Need. WHAT WE DO Since the mid 1970’s, Traverse health Clinic has provided safety net health services to thousands of individuals and families experiencing challenging circumstances. We provide primary care services at our on-site office in Traverse City to all who come to us, from children to seniors, regardless of insurance status or income level. Our sliding fee scale ensure that care is within a person’s financial means. A STRONG SAFETY NET Traverse Health Clinic is vital to the overall health of our community. For many people without access to care, Traverse Health Clinic is a last resort. Nearly 3,000 people turned to the Clinic last year for care. The primary care clinic serves the majority of its patients at the on-site clinic in Traverse City, and to those who qualify, can provide access to a broad community network of specialty services, dental and vision care, mental health services, medications and outpatient hospital services. People often come to the Clinic with a variety of personal challenges, and often with a variety of untreated health issues and chronic diseases. They leave having a health care home.

BIGGEST NEED IN 2014 One of the greatest ways in which you can have an opportunity to change the life of a mother or father, son or daughter is to sponsor somebody’s care. For people who are uninsured or unable to pay for services, your gift can mean the difference between surviving to thriving. Gifts of any amount will help us continue providing safety net services when its needed, as the mother shares in the note below. THE BOTTOM LINE By supporting Traverse Health Clinic, you are helping families and neighbors gain access to something many of us take for granted—quality health care. Your support means that Traverse Health Clinic has the resources needed to continue making our community a healthier place to live, work, and raise a family. Please call our development director at 231-935-0412 to explore how you can help provide essential healthcare to those in need, or visit for more information and to make a life changing gift.

LIFESAVING SUPPORT A mother’s note of gratitude… This organization has saved my son's life. It was recommended to us when he ended up in the ICU after what he thought was the flu ended up being ketoacidosis; a complication of his diabetes. He's 25 years old and without this clinic I don't know... where he'd be. Diabetes is a chronic illness that costs hundreds of dollars a month to maintain when you're healthy. Young adults with chronic illnesses like this who are working jobs without health insurance have no real options. This clinic was a God send to our family and to my son. Additionally he constantly talks about how well he is treated during his visits. Thanks to anyone involved in providing care to our community through this clinic and for making those people feel so well taken care of. Anyone looking for an organization worthy of a financial donation, I can't think of a better one.


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Utopia Foundation MISSION STATEMENT To help create a world where communities thrive and every child goes to bed feeling nourished, loved, happy, and hopeful about tomorrow.

UTOPIA FOUNDATION 111 Cass St Traverse City, MI 49684 231.929.4500

HOW WE WORK We invest in programs that create sustainable improvements in the livelihoods of those in need, with an increasing focus on early childhood development, by:

SERVICE AREA Global with local emphasis in Grand Traverse Region, Haiti, and Africa

• Providing the opportunity for others (YOU!) to express their good intentions in local and international communities


• Maximizing charitable contributions with matching grants to catalyze change both within and from the community

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Alison Arnold Janine Fierberg Ron Harris Gevas Moyo Dorothy Sirrine Maggie Sprattmoran Paul Sutherland, Chairperson

• Identifying, vetting, and championing programs that have sustainable economic, educational, social, and environmental impacts


• Identifying, vetting, and championing programs that have win-win, multiple, or synergistic benefits • Assisting other programs to identify their path towards sustainability or social entrepreneurship

OUR INITIATIVES UTOPIA GIFTS- Matching Grant Program MICROENTERPRISE- Supporting the entrepreneurial dreams of others EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENTChampioning Parenting Communities of Leelanau County and infusing an early childhood emphasis in our efforts TEDxTRAVERSECITY PARTNER TEDxTRAVERSECITY SPEAKER MATCH EXAMPLES OF PROGRAM PARTNERS:

• Performing due diligence to ensure funds are used as intended. AN EXAMPLE We recently supported Traverse City Peace Ranch with a matching grant to build an indoor arena, enabling them to expand their program offerings. TC Peace Ranch facilitates healing using the parallel process of rescue, rehabilitation, and restoration for horses and humans. Their win-win approach combines the rescue and training of horses with therapy for ill or struggling humans. Utopia Foundation offered a 25% matching grant on funds raised with a maximum commitment of $20,000 from Utopia Foundation.

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10 Cents a Meal Farm to School Program, BioSand Filters for Haiti, Double Up Food Bucks of NW MI, Early Childhood Development Center of Katmandu Nepal, FONKOZE of Haiti, Free Throws for Fibrosis, Hermanus Rainbow Trust of South Africa, Nyaka AIDS Orphan Project of Uganda, Parenting Communities of Leelanau County, Shelter Boxes for Haiti, SOIL of Haiti, TC Peace Ranch, Traverse Health Clinic.

Habitat for Humanity HABITAT FOR HUMANITY-GRAND TRAVERSE REGION 1129 Woodmere Ave. , Suite F Traverse City, MI 49686 231-941-4663 Office 231-941-2403 Fax HABITAT RESTORE 1129 Woodmere Ave, Suite K Traverse City, Mi 49686 231-944-1182 Store 231-941-2403 Fax HABITAT WEBSITE


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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Dan Baldwin, Chairman Chris Kindlinger, Vice Chair Kristi Abbey, Treasurer Sally Ellinger, Secretary Barb Arleth Dan Brady Thom Darga Bill Fagan Kathye Johnson Stephen Karas Pastor Jane Lippert Tracy Payne HABITAT STAFF Nancy Kiogima Stephanie Bagaloff Angela Sayler Dennis Lutes Denine Dingeman Donna Castor Aaron Hemmingway

MISSION STATEMENT Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build sustainable homes, communities, and hope. GOALS A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE. Habitat’s commitment to sustainability will provide a brighter future for our homeowners. By building homes that are highly energy efficient, have excellent indoor air quality, and follow universal design principles, the family can enjoy a lifetime of affordability, cleaner indoor air, and mobility. In building to earth friendly, energy efficient standards we can decrease homeowner energy costs by $1,000-$2,000 each year. SUSTAINABLE FAMILIES. According to a study recently published by Habitat International, the children of Habitat homeowners are less stressed and perform better in school than similar families in rental housing. They have better social skills and are more likely to attend college. At Habitat, we are investing in the future of families by creating a sustainable and stable environment for our homeowners and their children. SUSTAINABLE EARTH. The Habitat ReStore has made landfill diversion a top priority. In 2012 we kept over 540 tons of materials out of our local landfills. “Demonstrating respect for the environment is the best way to give back. By shopping at or donating to the ReStore you are helping Habitat promote a greener community. You are also doing your part to help families in our local area realize their dream of homeownership. Every dollar from the ReStore goes directly to Habitat to help us fund the mission. SUSTAINABLE YOU. Volunteering feeds the soul. By giving back to your community, you are also giving back to yourself. Volunteer opportunities abound throughout Habitat for Humanity. From ReVibe in the ReStore, construction labor, committee participation, fundraising to family relations, there are always places to get involved.

Whether you are interested as an individual volunteer or volunteering with a group of your peers, we have an opportunity for you! BIGGEST NEED IN 2014 SUSTAINABLE HABITAT. Your donation to Habitat will be used both to help struggling families achieve their goal of owning a home and to build homes that are environmentally friendly. Help Habitat for Humanity defeat the cycle of poverty. Your gift is needed and appreciated! WHAT IS NEAR-NET ZERO?: A house built to this standard reaches for the goal of no energy costs to the homeowner. For Habitat families, this could translate into an annual savings of $2000 per year. These houses also have a much lower ecological impact compared with other ‘green’ buildings by primary constructing a very tight building envelope with a Heat Recovery Ventilator for fresh air, reducing or eliminating the need for fossil fuels. HOW YOU CAN HELP... Financial Contributions: Habitat provides the foundation of hope and healing for families in need. With your donation to Habitat for Humanity-GTR you can be the cornerstone of that foundation and help us provide homes to those who need them most. In-Kind Donations: We welcome donations of services and building materials for our homes such as licensed plumbing, heating or electrical labor, and other items that fit our home specifications list. Planned Giving: By making a commitment to Habitat-GTR in your will or other estate plan, you can help sustain our mission for years to come. Planned giving allows you to leave a legacy of homeownership that will impact generation after generation in the Grand Traverse Region. Donations can be made by mail to: 1129 Woodmere Ave. Suite F, Traverse City, MI, 49686 or online at


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Soon to be Barrier-Free Join the effort to make northern Michigan’s premiere sculpture park accessible to everyone. Giving and Naming Opportunities Available Now. Michigan Legacy Art Park 231.378.4963 12500 Crystal Mountain Drive Thompsonville, MI 49683

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One of the “10 Reasons to Visit the Lower Peninsula” -

We Hope to See You Soon! Mt. Holiday is one of the last non-profit recreation areas left in the U.S. that does not receive ANY funding from the state, county, township level—what does that mean? We exist 100% on your donations, grants and the revenues we generate from our area. Last year we supported Special Olympics, SEEDS, TCAPS, Elk Rapids Schools, Kiwanis Learn to Ski Program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, numerous scout programs from across Michigan, provided over 107 free learn to ski lessons and our scholarship program had 119 participants-over half of which were provided free equipment. Investing in our community is what Mt. Holiday is all about-our goal is for everyone to enjoy the outdoors in Northern Michigan. We need your help to continue this mission. Please consider Mt. Holiday in your giving plans. You can go to our website for additional information on what we have going on at Mt. Holiday on a weekly basis.

Daily Musical Tours May through October

Saturdays through December

Great Holiday Party Rental Space 7377 US 31 N, 49690

(231)938-9300 - Music House Museum is a Non-profit 501(c)3

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Dougherty Mission House ™

NatioNal Writers series Writers series of traverse City™

2013 Fall season Great Stories Great Conversations

The Peter Dougherty Society is preserving and restoring the Dougherty Historic Home Site, an important piece of greater Traverse history. We are recreating a significant historical, educational and cultural center, concentrating on the period from 1842 until 1910. Our vision is to inspire curiosity and respect for the past, in particular the early collaboration between the Mission and the Ottawa and Chippewa Indian Tribes. We use donations to renovate, restore and preserve this important piece of Old Mission history, preceding development of Traverse City. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in April, 2011.

JoiN NWs if you love National Writers Series and want to help us support young writers and deepen our community’s appreciation of the written word.

• volunteer • donate • support

in support of the National Writers series scholarship Program & the Front street Writers Program

For more information visit

P. O. Box 101 Old Mission, MI 49673 231-223-8778

We’re Here for You Northern Michigan!

The Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan is a “home away from home” for families of children referred for medical or mental health treatment to Grand Rapids area hospitals. Our private rooms, spacious grounds and cheery living spaces provide respite for guests with pediatric patients in Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services, Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital, Forest View Hospital and others. Over 130 Northern Michigan families are welcomed each year by volunteers and staff at the House who believe that children heal faster when their loved ones are nearby. Please contact us if we can be of service or if you’d like to support our mission.

1323 Cedar St. NE • Grand Rapids, MI 49503 616-776-1300 •

Support, Comfort, and Compassion since 1990


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Giving Directory AC Paw-Antrim County Pet & Animal Watch P.O. Box 94 Acme, MI 49610 231.587.0738

Antrim County High Tea for Breast Cancer Prevention

Camp Quality Michigan Find Out More On Page 2

Char-Em United Way P.O. Box 1701 Petoskey, MI 49770 231.487.1006 Find Out More On Page 2

Cherryland Humane Society Area Agency on Aging of Northwest Michigan 1609 Park Drive P.O. Box 5946 Traverse City, MI 49696-5946 231.947.8920 or 800.442.1713

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan See our Profile On Page 20

The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park P.O. Box 1247 Traverse City, MI 49685-1247 231.935.4077

1750 Ahlberg Rd. Traverse City, MI 49686 231.946.5116

Conflict Resolution Services Peace of Mind Matters 852. S. Garfield Ave., Ste. B Traverse City, MI 49686 231.941.5835

Conservation Resource Alliance 10850 Traverse Hwy., Suite 1180 Traverse City, MI 49684 231.946.6817

Down Syndrome Association of Northwest Michigan Find Out More On Page 8

Child & Family Services of Northwestern Michigan See Our Profile On Page 21

City Opera House - Arts at the Heart of Youth Arts Education 106 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49684 231.941.8082

The Father Fred Foundation Find Out More On The Inside Front Cover

Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank Find Out More On Page 8

The First Tee of Northern Michigan Find Out More On Page 4

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Fishtown Preservation Find Out More On Page 8

Food Bank Council Of Michigan Find Out More On Page 26

Food Rescue of Northwest Michigan 2279 South Airport Road West Traverse City, MI 49684 231.995.7723

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

Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore Find Out More On Page 26

Glen Arbor Art Association P.O. Box 305 Glen Arbor, MI 49636 231.334.6112

Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan Inc.

HomeStretch Nonprofit Housing Corporation

2279 South Airport Road West Traverse City, MI 49684 231.922.4805 See Our Profile On Page 19

Hospice of Michigan Grand Traverse Area Literacy Council Find Out More On Page 26

Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy See Our Profile On Pages 16 & 17

Grass River Natural Area

900 Front St., Suite 150 Traverse City, MI 49686 231.929.1535 24-hour Telesupport Center & Referral Line 888.247-5701

Interlochen Center for the Arts 4000 South M-137 Highway P.O. Box 199 Interlochen, MI 49643 231.276.7200 Find Out More On Page 27

Great Lakes Children’s Museum 13240 S. West Bay Shore Drive P.O. Box 2326 Traverse City, MI 49685 231.932.4526

Habitat For HumanityGrand Traverse Region See Our Profile On Pages 18 & 25

ISLAND-Institute For Sustainable Living, Art & Natural Design See Our Profile On Page 22

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


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The Leelanau Conservancy

Michigan Legacy Art Park

Peter Dougherty Society

105 North First Street P.O. Box 1007 Leland, MI 49654 231.256.9665 Find Out More On Page 28 Find Out More On Page 29

Michigan Lupus Foundation

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan Find Out More On Page 28

Lions of Michigan Service Foundation Find Out More On Page 27

Mt. Holiday Find Out More On Page 29 Find Out More On Page 28

Third Level Crisis Intervention Center

Little Traverse Bay Humane Society

Music House Museum

1022 E. Front Street Traverse City, MI 49685 231.922.4800 Find Out More On Page 6 Find Out More On Page 28

The Manna Food Project

National Writers Series

8791 McBride Park Drive Harbor Springs, MI 49740 231.347.8852 4 Find Out More On Page 29

The Nature Conservancy Maritime Heritage Alliance 13268 S. West Bay Shore Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 231.946.2647

Michigan Land Use Institute 148 E. Front Street, Suite 301 Traverse City, MI 49684 231.941.6584

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Northern Lakes Community Mental Health 105 Hall Street Traverse City, MI 49684 231.922.4850

Traverse Bay Children’s Advocacy Center 121 E. Front St., Ste. 301 Traverse City, MI 49684 231.929.4250

Traverse Health Clinic See Our Profile On Page 23

Utopia Foundation See Our Profile On Page 24

WE’VE MOVED! TO 13818 South West Bay Shore Drive Traverse City, MI 49684 Our phone numbers will remain the same: (231) 946-3650 or (800) 946-3650 Previously located at 600 East Front Street, we’re excited about our new location! It will give us ample room for growth and a more comfortable environment for our financial advisors, associates and most importantly our clients. We hope you’ll find our new office comfortable, inviting and easily accessible. In the meantime, if you have any questions regarding your investments, please feel free to call us. As always, we stand ready to serve you in any way possible. Thank you for your continued support and confidence.

Protecting nature and preserving life in the forests, coastline and water you love throughout the Great Lakes region.

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MyNorth Guide to Giving  

The Guide to Giving is an annual collection of profiles of Northern Michigan non-profits that serve as a year-long resource to philanthropis...

MyNorth Guide to Giving  

The Guide to Giving is an annual collection of profiles of Northern Michigan non-profits that serve as a year-long resource to philanthropis...