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  • Do you want to make a difference, but the problems seem too big or you don’t know where to start? Think about these questions to help you uncover what means the most to you.

  • Thanks to our generous donors, Bay Area Community Foundation awarded 64 grants during the first grant cycle to organizations in our community that support arts and culture, community initiatives, environment, education, health and wellness, human services, and recreation.

  • In a philanthropy circle, the donations of many come together for a big impact.

  • Amid rising concerns about COVID-19, a coalition of Bay County philanthropy, government, educational, and business partners have come together to provide a coordinated response to COVID-19.

  • When Avram Golden sees an idea to better his community, he goes for it. Because he took actions to make his visions become a reality, Bay City now proudly flies American Flags downtown each summer, and residents and visitors enjoy what is fondly known as the Third Street Star Bridge. 

  • The partners who opened Drydock Beer Garden envisioned a more vibrant downtown and a way to support their nonprofit organizations. What they didn’t realize was just how important it would become to many nonprofits in 2020.

  • Bay Area Community Foundation is deeply saddened to lose one of our community's boldest leaders. Peggy Rowley passed away peacefully on New Year's Eve and will be missed by many. It is thanks to Peggy that the Bay Area Community Foundation exists. 

  • Shara took a bold step forward and decided that if something was going to change, she needed to start it. 

  • When it comes to the animals of Bay County, Stephanie Beiser’s heart—and arms—are open.

  • Bay County stands to lose approximately $1,800 in federal support per person every year for the next ten years for each person not counted in the census. This includes money for education, healthcare, roads, nutrition assistance, foster care, and more. Bay Area Community Foundation is offering grant funding for local organizations aimed at reaching hard-to-count populations.

  • We must be bold in facing these uncertainties, challenges, and social issues. As a community foundation, we are meeting these challenges head-on with community as our focus. These matters will not be solved overnight. Their impact will be long-term, and we must prepare for an extended response.

  • Community foundations play an important role in creating a vibrant community for future generations to enjoy. By working together with other community leaders, we help initiate new projects and programs that work toward those goals.

  • “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”- Coretta Scott King.

  • Join us on September 23, 2019 as we celebrate our community's believers!

  • On May 5, Bay Area Community Foundation hosts a 24-hour online giving day at www.givelocalbay.org to raise funds for nonprofits in Bay and Arenac counties. With $25,000 in incentive funds and an additional $3,000 in potential prizes for nonprofits, it’s a celebration when your gift goes further. Especially this year, when so many nonprofits have had to cancel fundraising events and others are working hard to ensure our families are fed and cared for, it’s a great time to show your community that you care.

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  • We can make your charitable IRA transfer easy, flexible and effective, helping you achieve your personal charitable and financial goals.

  • BACF’s Community Initiative and Youth Advisory Funds awarded grants to open a writing center available for free to the public in the Jack & Alice Wirt Public Library in Downtown Bay City.

  • Thanks to funding from Dow, Bay Area Community Foundation is able to offer $1,000 grants to youth groups in Bay and Arenac counties as a reward for volunteering and giving back to the community.

  • From closed offices and cancelled fundraising events to adaptive programming for the digital landscape, we know that our local nonprofits are feeling the effects of COVID-19 in varying ways, both big and small. Perhaps operations have already shifted, or perhaps you're only starting to experience the longer-term implications. Here at the Community Foundation, we are listening and working through ways to best serve you. Know that the work you do is important and that together, we will see our community through this.

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