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Dear Friends of the Bay Harbor Foundation,

Like everyone else, at the Bay Harbor Foundation we are hoping that this summer marks a return to better times. This past year has been difficult, especially for those already struggling to make ends meet. Now more than ever our work assisting with immediate needs has expanded to a level that will be insurmountable without your help.

We hope that you will continue to help us care for children and families compromised by hunger, young scholars that need our support, and individuals who need help to find shelter and pay for their medical care.

The results of your generous gifts are appreciated by so many:

  • Scholarship Recipient Lily Payne, Michigan State University Class of 2021: “Because of these uncertain times, I questioned the value of continuing my education. While I didn’t know what my future held, I decided to finish my degree, and this scholarship played a vital role in my decision. Notification of this scholarship was truly a light at the end of the tunnel. Like many things I learned working at BHYC this past summer, the small achievements add up and there is much reward in persevering during these troubling times.”
  • Patient Assistance Program Recipient: “I want to thank you so much for helping me travel to my specialist appointment in Detroit. Without your gift, I would not have been able to afford the cost of my treatment.”

With your donation, together we can make a difference and significantly improve the quality of life in the Little Traverse Bay Region. Thank you for everything you do to make everything that we do possible!


    Jason Allen                                                             Candace Fitzsimons 
Chairman of the Board                                              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.


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.

2021 Board of Directors
Jason Allen, Chairman
Mac Waldorf, Vice Chairman
Rod Phillips, Treasurer
Catherine Musto, Secretary
 Kathy Abrash Michael Higgins   Judy Phillips
Sally Cannon David V. Johnson James T. Ramer 
Chris Etienne Scot A. Morrison Julie Wentworth 
Debra Goodman Cathy Phillips  William Wentworth  

Bay Harbor Foundation Staff

Candace Fitzimons, Executive Director
Christy Schneider, Administrative Assistant