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At the Community Foundation for Oceana County, we're working with donors, advisors and members of the community for one common goal—making our community a stronger, healthier, more vibrant place to live.

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“We all came in on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now.” Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. made that matter-of-fact observation during the Civil Rights Movement of the ’60s. Indeed, the ship that is this nation has a diverse passenger manifest, which is one of the most wonderful attributes of America. With the exception of Native Americans, all of us came from elsewhere, with diverse ideas and beliefs. But all have come together under the words of The Declaration of Independence – that all men are created equal and equally entitled to life, liberty, and happiness. And yet, it took more than 250 years for that belief to apply to all of our citizens, regardless of race.

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Give to any of our over 175+ existing funds, or you can create a new fund of your own to benefit the cause that matters to you most.

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Opportunities for every child, and everyone.

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Urgent Needs Fund

Support the Urgent Needs Fund to help area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Read early. Read often.

Together with community partners, we initiated Read early. Read often. to better prepare our youngest learners (babies & toddlers) for success in learning and in life.

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Economic Development

The Foundation's strategic plan includes supporting community needs assessments to foster economic development growth. In 2018, an assessment was completed in Shelby, followed by Pentwater in 2019.

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