Biederman, Oleson and Schmuckal: More than just names on a building

Long before their names were on plaques and buildings, Jerry Oleson, Les Biederman and Art Schmuckal and their families started businesses, raised children and volunteered often. Today, their descendants lead philanthropic efforts and family foundations that continue to support the causes and community they loved. “My most...

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...