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BHF First Board of Directors
The First Board of Directors of the Bay Harbor Foundation
Back Row – William U. Parfet, Ruth Matthews, Linda Parker, James Ramer, David V. Johnson, Steve Schott, Jill O’Neill, Tom Gale & Robin Bucholz.
Front Row – Chris Etienne, Lori Coates-Hay, Judy Phillips, Pam Johnson, Deborah Nachtrab, Candace Fitzsimons and Chucki Gale.

 Today, the Bay Harbor Foundation Celebrates 15 Years of Giving
in the Little Traverse Bay Community. 

 

When our Founding Board Members met on December 20, 2003 to plan the creation of the Bay Habror Foundation, they could not have imagined all of the wonderful things we would accomplish through your generosity. We have provided nearly $3,000,000 in grant awards to 108 nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life in the Little Traverse Bay Region. In addition, we have provided 286 scholarships through our Bay Harbor Foundation Scholar Program.

Thank you to all of our wonderful donors, volunteers and friends for fifteen amazing years. We are so honored to have partnered with you to improve the quality of life in our Northern Michigan Community.

Sincerely,

Scot Morrison
Chairman of the Board
&
The Board of Directors of the Bay Harbor Foundation

 

An Excerpt from - Bay Harbor Foundation Organizational Meeting – December 20, 2003 Meeting Minutes

Larger Vision:

Bill Parfet asked what our vision would be in six years from today – “everything is going great with the Bay Harbor Foundation because …

  1. Fundraising successful
  2. Impact on community – supporting local nonprofit organizations
  3. Bay Harbor Community is appreciated for its role in community giving
  4. Hosted a variety of social and cultural events that provide positive experiences
  5. Broad base of support from Bay Harbor owners
  6. Displayed good stewardship of monies received, invested and distributed
  7. Events themselves reach an audience beyond the Bay Harbor Community
  8. Created an endless flow of exciting ideas on how to raise funds
  9. Involvement in all aspects of the Foundation is high
  10. Bay Harbor Community gets actively involved in the organizations that benefit from Foundation
  11. Expands to include your people
  12. Bay Harbor Community, through the Foundation, is seen as a viable partner with other similar Foundations to make the region a better place.”

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Celebrating 15 Years of Improving the Quality of Life in the Little Traverse Bay Region

 

Dear Friends of the Bay Harbor Foundation

 

You are the reason that we have been able to change the lives of so many people in

the Little Traverse Bay Region!

The past fifteen years would not have been possible without you and our generous and dedicated donors and volunteers who have contributed money, time and talent to help us pursue our mission.

Through your generosity, we have been able to fund 108 nonprofit organizations

and 286 college scholarships. Your donations have:

Fed children compromised by hunger.
One out of four children in our region need support from the food pantries we fund.
Provided medical care to struggling children and families.
Every year, over 1,000 patients benefit from the Patient Assistance Program we support.
Sheltered homeless mothers and children.
Our support help keep the doors open at the only homeless shelters in our area.
Assisted seniors with emergency funding for repairs and heating fuel.
Seniors are able to stay warm through funding from the Essential Needs Fund we created.
Helped hardworking young men and women achieve a college education.
Our Scholar Program has provided more than $600,000 in scholarships over 10 years.

Thank you for everything you have done to make everything that we do possible!

Will you continue to help us make lives better and brighter in the Little Traverse Bay Region? Please consider making a donation to the Bay Harbor Foundation, so that together we can improve the quality of life in the Little Traverse Bay Region now, and for many years to come.

 

Sincerely,

Candace Fitzsimons
Executive Director 

Our Mission

We are a charitable, nonprofit community organization dedicated to helping our neighbors through donations, grants, programs and professional mentoring. We operate with the highest level of financial integrity and are trusted by both our donors and our recipient organizations.

The Mission of the Bay Harbor Foundation is always foremost in our hearts and minds as we work to improve the quality of life experience in the Little Traverse Bay Region  The Foundation continues to make a difference by strengthening our community one person at a time.  We work diligently to follow the needs of the community, and we take great care to make sure that we are meeting those needs.

 The Bay Harbor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Our federal identification number is 37-1491024.

History

In 2003 a group of Bay Harbor property owners, business owners and employees who wanted to make Northern Michigan a better place, came together to address their desire to channel charitable efforts through what would become the Bay Harbor Foundation.  Over the years, the Bay Harbor Foundation has provided over $2,000,000 to 105 area nonprofit organizations.

Bay Harbor Foundation First Board of Directors

 Back row, from left to right – William U. Parfet, Ruth Matthews, Linda Parker, James Ramer, David V. Johnson, Steve Schott, Jill O’Neill, Tom Gale and Robin Bucholz.
Front Row, from left to right – Chris Etienne, Lori Coates-Hay, Judy Phillips, Pam Johnson, Debbie Nachtrab, Candace Fitzsimons and Chucki Gale.

Bay Harbor Foundation Staff

Candace Fitzimons, Executive Director
Christy Schneider, Administrative Assistant

 

2018 Volunteer of the Year - James T. Ramer

This year’s volunteer of the Year Award is presented to  someone who excels as a professional and role model.

Jim has always been there for the Foundation. Just a call away, he wastes no time in providing professional support. His experience with best practice policies, and extensive background in nonprofit compliance have allowed us to operate with the highest level of financial integrity. His expertise has helped us earn the trust of our donors and recipient organizations. He is very dedicated to helping improve the quality of life, and has made a big difference in the Little Traverse Bay Region. Best of all, he is a positive and very caring person.

Thank you Jim, for making our Foundation and our Little Traverse Bay Community a better place for everyone with your time, loyalty and commitment.

 

                                                                    2018 - 2019 Board of Directors
                                                                       
                                                                      Scot A. Morrison, Chairman
                                                                    Rodney Phillips, Vice Chairman
                                                                      Catherine Musto, Secretary
                                                                      Leonard Frescoln, Treasurer

 

     Jason Allen      Michael Higgins  James T. Ramer 
     Sally Cannon      David V. Johnson    Robert Roskam
     Chris Etienne      Erika Keiswetter   Clayton (Mac) Waldorf
     Tina Frescoln      Catherine Phillips Julie Wentworth
     Heather Frick      Judy Phillips    William Wentworth   
     Debra Goodman          Kathryn Wisne