Community Foundation Celebrates 25 Years of Impact

We live in a country and culture that is remarkably willing to give in ways that benefit our neighbors and causes that matter most to us. We each have a personal narrative or story that motivates our giving or has helped develop our passions. For some,...

New Faces Join Grand Traverse Nonprofits

Leadership at regional nonprofits continues to thrive, grow and evolve. Meet some of the newer faces who are shaping their organizations moving forward. DAVID MENGEBIER, incoming executive director/CEO, Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation Prior position: David Mengebier retired this fall after more than 25 years at Consumers...

Women and Philanthropy: Giving groups equal big impact

Sondra Shaw Hardy remembers when women’s philanthropy was a foreign concept. Today, she celebrates the “power of the purse.” “Reaching out to and recognizing women as having money and being philanthropists is a given now,” Hardy said. “(But) 30 years ago almost no one thought that...

Local Philanthropies Seek Greater Community Impacts

Gordon Brown and his wife, Susan, were passionate boaters and active for years with the Inland Seas Education Association in Suttons Bay. When Brown died in 2012, he left a gift of more than $40,000 to the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation to invest with the...

Arts, Culture Organizations Point to Economic Impact

Stormcloud Brewing serves up craft beers while the Benzie Symphony plays inside the pub. Traverse City Chamber of Commerce members confer during Leadership @ the Movies at the Bijou. Downtown art walks add vitality to the streets, showcasing artists while driving retail sales. These are just...

Nonprofit Wishing Well

During the holiday season, the spotlight illuminates the needs of area nonprofits more than any other time of year. But any charitable organization will tell you that need is year-round and while cash donations are always appreciated, sometimes a non-monetary donation is just the thing...

Turning $100 Into $10,000 In 60 Minutes

Four times a year, more than 100 women gather in space provided by the Traverse City Golf & Country Club for a single purpose. In one hour, they’ll raise more than $10,000. And they’ll direct it to a local charity, program or nonprofit they collectively select...

“Uniting” For the Better

By Al Parker Despite a steep decline in donations over the past few years, the mission of the United Way of Northwest Michigan hasn’t changed. “Our goal is to improve the lives in our five-county region by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common...

What’s On Nonprofit Wish Lists This Year?

BY LYNN GEIGER “There’s no harm in wishing,” as the song goes. Once again, for the TCBN’s annual focus on nonprofits, we asked a handful of area nonprofits to share some wishes – to name three things their organizations could really use from the community to...