Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking

The Community Foundation of the Holland Zeeland Area

aka CFHZ

Holland, MI


The mission of the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area is to create lasting positive change. We work to build a permanent community endowment that supports high impact charitable projects, to help donors achieve their charitable goals, and to lead and partner in community level initiatives.

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Our 2014 Annual Report is online in an interactive format. Please visit our website at

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Mr. Michael Goorhouse

Main Address

85 E 8th St STE 110

Holland, MI 49423 USA


Community Foundation, Holland, Zeeland, Nonprofit, Grantmaker, Youth, YAC, Endowment, Gifts, Contributions, Donor Advised, Scholarships,





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Community Foundations (T31)

Community, Neighborhood Development, Improvement (S20)

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DeGraaf Nature Center Neighboring Property Acquisition

Camp Sunshine Program Expansion

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To build a community endowment to ensure there will always be philanthropic resources available for future generations to meet the community's most pressing needs and promising opportunities. To serve donors by providing a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving.

To use the community's endowment to impact change in three ways: 1) Community leadership - being a partner with both donors and nonprofit organizations gives us a unique advantage in being able to lead community change. We convene various stakeholders to discuss challenges and prioritize investments in solutions. 2) Grant Making - The foundation provides capital in the form of grants to nonprofit organizations looking to expand or start new programs. 3) Program Related Investments (PRIs) - by offering low interest rate loans to nonprofit organizations in search of capital to expand or start new projects, we allow philanthropic dollars to be "recycled" and used again to support other community initiatives as the dollars are repaid.

You have a charitable dream; we can make it a reality with our PERSONAL SERVICE- we offer everyone the opportunity to make a lasting contribution that directly benefits their community. We make your charitable giving uncomplicated and easy to understand. Our philanthropic services team is happy to provide you and your professional advisor with the best and most relevant charitable solutions. PROFESSIONAL EXPERTISE we manage investments for total return and can accept virtually any type of gift for any charitable purpose. We accept cash, securities, closely held stock, life insurance policies, business real estate and retirement assets. We also have a pulse on the needs of the community and can help match charitable goals with opportunities to provide maximum impact.

Charting impact is not just about the size of the endowment, the amount of gifts that come in or the number of grants that go out. Although by the numbers, those can be quite impressive. For instance, in 7 years from 2006 to 2013 the Foundation has doubled the size of the community's endowment, going from $25 million to $50 million. 2012 marked the largest giving year in the Foundation's history with $8.5 million in gifts and pledges. The Foundation awarded over $4 million in grants and scholarships. But the impact of our mission lies in how we make a difference in the community - how we make the Holland/Zeeland area a better place in which to live and work. We designed an launched a formal Program Related Investment (PRI) program in 2012. We launched a Capacity Building Initiative that seeks to strengthen our local nonprofit sector and enhance the ability of nonprofits to fulfill their mission. We piloted a Nonprofit Board Member Certification program resulting in overwhelmingly positive feedback and waiting lists that have required additional sessions to meet the demand. Our Catalytic Education Initiatives, Ready for School and Destination Education are widely seen as a best practice for community level work in impacting education for children from "cradle to career".

In June 2013 the Foundation hosted its 4th Nonprofit Board Certification Program in Holland and with a capacity group of 33, we've now had 130 Holland/Zeeland residents complete the training! In partnership with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy we are able to offer guidance and guidelines for effective and efficient board service. Sponsoring this program helps grow and diversify a dedicated and effective pool of community members. The Ready for School initiative reported that 62% of incoming Kindergartners walked through the doors on the first day of school ready to learn, up from only 43% in 2009.

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