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Generosity Changes Everything.

It creates hope and possibility. It unites people. It celebrates our shared needs and desires.

Here at Bay Area Community Foundation, we are passionate about connecting people who want to make a difference with organizations that are creating change. We serve as a catalyst for charitable giving in Bay and Arenac counties.

Since 1982, our community has used our resources to make charitable gifts more effective. We provide maximum flexibility in establishing, managing, and distributing your gifts. Through the generosity of our donors, we are able to help support arts and culture, community initiatives, education and youth, environment, health and wellness, human services, and recreation in our area.

Make a Difference – For Now and the Future

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For good. For ever. It’s much more than a tagline. It’s the fundamental driving force behind Bay Area Community Foundation.

For good. The word “good” has a lot of definitions, and Bay Area Community Foundation exists for them all: virtuous, satisfactory in quality, kindness, beneficent, substantive, permanent, forever. Founded, nurtured, and sustained by forward-thinking community members and their monetary gifts, Bay Area Community Foundation plays a crucial role in supporting the immediate and long-term needs of the area.

For ever. As the trusted steward of charitable gifts, the Foundation works with individuals, families, businesses, and organizations to create permanent endowment funds that both award grants and last forever. This allows Bay Area Community Foundation to always be here to respond to pressing needs and promising opportunities. To date, more than $34. 5 million has been distributed into the community through grants and scholarships. Assets now exceed $36 million, and donors number in the thousands.

The work of the Foundation is visible in the landscapes of our parks, the hallways of our schools, and the gratitude of our most disadvantaged residents. Examples of BACF’s impact include:

  • the construction and maintenance of the 17.5 mile Riverwalk/Railtrail loop
  • increased access to the Saginaw Bay
  • the creation of positive opportunities for young people through Youth Advisory Committee
  • nearly $2 million in scholarships to first-generation college students

Bay Area Community Foundation is a leader in identifying current and emerging issues, stimulating local resources to address those needs, and helping the region prepare for the future. It is this forward-thinking philosophy that brings peace of mind to many donors who know their dollars are being wisely invested into the community where they are most needed.

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In 2014, Bay Area Community Foundation's Board of Trustees made a commitment to set aside $50,000 a year for five years in order to award a grant to a innovative project with significant impact. This year, we are seeking grant applications for projects that utilitze water in Bay County to attract…