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Annual Reports

30th Anniversary and 2019 Annual Report

 

Annual Update 2018

Radio Interview (December 2019) – Community Wish Lists and Challenge Match

Recent News

Foundation Offers Holiday Giving Ideas

Have you ever considered giving a holiday gift to your community? Oceana County nonprofits have made a list and you can check it twice! As part of its philanthropy leadership, the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) annually invites area nonprofits to tell us which projects and purchases can only happen with the financial support from the community. 

Announcing Foundation’s 2020 Fall Grants & Teacher Mini-Grants

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently awarded $26,662 to a variety of community organizations and school classrooms to benefit area people.

Foundation’s scholarship program accepting applications!

The Community Foundation for Oceana County’s scholarship program is now open!  If you’re a high school or homeschooled senior, current college student, an early college senior, or adult learner/returning student, the Foundation may have a scholarship for you. Applications are available online and are submitted electronically at the Foundation website. Applications are due March 15th, 2021.

Foundation’s 2020 Fall Grants Round Opens August 1st

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce another competitive grant round is open for application starting August 1. The application deadline is September 30. During the spring grant round, nearly $40,000 in grants were approved. With the partnership of multiple donor advisors to leverage grant dollars, all eligible applications were fully funded. “Understanding Oceana’s greatest needs and how we can be a catalyst for change definitely guides our work. We have become much more active in promoting economic development activities in the last couple of years, including post-secondary education attainment, workforce development, and capital investments in community projects. The support of our donors and their eagerness to partner continue to enable significant impact,” said Foundation CEO Tammy Carey. The Foundation ended 2019 with $14.1 million in assets and began operations as an independent community foundation on January 1, 2020.

RACIAL JUSTICE & EQUITY STATEMENT

“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.

Foundation’s scholarship program continues to help area students

In the face of an uncertain school year, our Seniors continued to strive and grow as students and young adults. Their graduation this spring is a hallmark of their tenacity and excellence, and their future, with goals in mind, is destined to be bright. They will go forward and make their mark on the world, sharing their visions for a better future.  The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) shares pride in their accomplishments and, along with our donors, are excited to offer financial support to help them along their way.

Read early. Read often. Shifts to Address Need

Read Early, Read Often (RERO), established in 2016, distributes free children’s books to families in Oceana County through partnerships with local agencies including area nonprofits, early childhood centers, food pantries, and more!  RERO encourages reading to children starting at birth.  Babies and toddlers who are read to early and often will have heard as many as thirty million more words than children who aren’t read to before Preschool. Further, the number of books in a child’s home has shown to be as impactful on a child’s educational attainment as the education level of her parents.

Urgent Needs Fund Grants to Non-Profits Throughout Oceana

The Foundation established an Urgent Needs Fund in late March to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  We fast-tracked $28,825 in grants over the last six weeks, with the greatest concern around food access. Over time, donations have totaled close to $70,000.

Oceana County Sheriff’s Office to Purchase Police K-9

With the recent change to marijuana laws in Michigan, the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office is adding a K-9 to the department. The current K-9 in the department, Krieger, was purchased in 2017 and was trained to alert deputies of unlawful controlled substances, which at the time included marijuana. Once a dog has been trained to search for specific narcotics, it’s nearly impossible to remove one substance from the dog’s training and understanding.

2020 Spring Grant Round Announced

The Community Foundation for Oceana County is pleased to announce that $693,215 was granted out of Foundation funds in 2019 to support a wide variety of nonprofit programs, leadership initiatives, student scholarships and community projects. “Understanding Oceana’s greatest needs and how we can be a catalyst for change definitely guides our work. We’ve become much more active in promoting economic development activities in the last couple years, including post-secondary education attainment, workforce development and capital investments in community projects. The support of our donors and their eagerness to partner continue to be enable significant impact,” said Foundation CEO Tammy Carey. The Foundation ended 2019 with $14.1 million in assets.

Foundation Establishes Urgent Needs Fund in Response to Health Crisis

The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) has established an Urgent Needs Fund to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The Fund received initial support of $40,000 from the Foundation, several anonymous partners and Mrs. Mullen’s Closet Fund of the Community Foundation for Oceana County.

YAC completes Needs Assessment to Identify Top Issues for Area Youth

The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is a grantmaking committee of the Community Foundation for Oceana County consisting of 41 high-schoolers from Oceana County school districts.  Following Council of Michigan Foundation’s best practices, the Council is tasked with conducting a County-wide needs assessment survey every three years.

Sarah Schlukebir Joins Foundation Board

Peterson Farms, Inc. and the Community Foundation for Oceana County, are pleased to announce that Sarah Schlukebir, Chief Marketing and Sales Officer, has become a Foundation Board Trustee. Sarah is excited to contribute to Community Foundation at Oceana County in her new role. Oceana County has been her home since childhood and a fundamental part of her family history.

Shelby Rotary Club Wants To Send Kids to Camp

The Shelby Rotary Club and the Community Foundation for Oceana County are pleased to offer the chance for Oceana youth to attend summer camp. Both groups want to impact the youth of Oceana County whom, due to financial hardship, may never have the opportunity to attend camp. Awards are capped at $250 per applicant, but higher requests will be evaluated according to available funding. All awards will be paid directly to the camps and are available for any type of camping focus – arts, sports, scouts, church, general, and leadership experiences. Preference is given to first-time requests.

Foundation Supports 6 Nonprofit Leaders in Leadership Learning Lab

Six more Oceana nonprofit leaders have been selected by the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) to attend an eight-month Leadership Learning Lab. This is the third cohort invited to participate in the series as part of a three-year program.

Fund Spotlight: George Wilbur & Edna Hansen Endowment Fund

A deep love for Pentwater motivated an area couple to remember two Pentwater organizations in their will and create a legacy through a fund held at the Foundation. George & Edna Hansen, former Pentwater residents, created the George Wilbur & Edna Hansen Endowment Fund with a $100,000 estate gift in 2005.

Fund Spotlight – Janie Denman Legacy & Jim Frank Memorial Funds

Two new Build a Funds were recently created at the Oceana Community Foundation, the Janie Denman Legacy Fund and the Jim Frank Memorial Fund. A “Build a Fund” provides donors the goal of reaching the $5,000 minimum for an advised fund within a few years. Once the balance is sufficient, community grants can begin.

Foundation’s scholarship program continues to help area students

What is the driving force behind local scholarships that help area students afford and graduate from college? It’s the 40 scholarship funds created by a mix of individuals, couples, families, clubs and schools, held and managed by the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC). Through 2019, these generous donors helped 158 area students avoid added student debt, by awarding $230,638 in scholarship support.

Community Impact: Fall 2019 Grants

The Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) recently approved grant awards to a variety of community organizations in support of projects throughout Oceana County. A total of $19,500 was awarded as a result of CFOC’s competitive application process that is overseen by a subcommittee of its trustees and the Youth Advisory Council.

AmeriCorps VISTA and Advise MI Members Serve Oceana Students

Two local AmeriCorps positions were recently filled to confront Oceana’s education challenges and to overcome poverty barriers. The Community Foundation for Oceana County (CFOC) partnered with the Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM) for a second 3-year partnership to host an Americorps VISTA member. The other AmeriCorps member is serving Hart and Shelby High Schools as a College Advisor to begin the fourth year partnership with Michigan College Access Network (MCAN)’s Advise MI program.  

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