Caring for Our Neighbors and Our Community        

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.


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.”