2018 Annual Celebration

Thank you to all the sponsors and guests who attended our 2018  Annual Celebration!

This year, with the help of our attendees and Superior Watershed Partnership,

we were able to raise over $20,000 for a new K-12 Great Lakes Education Fund: The Marion VanderVeen Environmental  Education Fund.

The purpose of this annual membership meeting is to hold board elections and review proposed amendments to the BYLAWS - August 2018 Amended and Restated.


West End Business After Hours

Congratulations Peninsula Art Appreciation Council/Vista Theater!

On Wednesday evening, November 7th the Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund and the Negaunee Area Community Fund held a Business After Hours event at the Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming. The event highlighted six nonprofits that competed for a $3,000 grant from the two funds. The community got a glimpse of what the Community Foundation does every grant cycle, those who attended were able to vote (with their dollars) for the nonprofits that they felt were most deserving. Each organization walked away a winner with the monies used to vote for their program. The overall winner of the $3,000 grant was the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council/Historic Vista Theater to launch the development of professionally written strategic plan for the organization which will not only help the theater, but will help enrich the community. Other participating nonprofits were, UPAWS, UP Children’s Therapy, Big Brother Big Sisters, US Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, and the Hiawatha Amateur Radio Association.

Patriot Packs and Hematite Power Packs

Members of the GIACF Youth Advisory Committee along with adviser, Shannon Edmark, collected and packaged personal care items to be distributed to middle and high school students who participate in Patriot Power and Hematite Power Pack food programs. The packed 80 bags with toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc. These bags were distributed at the end of the school year and the programs will continue next year.

Silver Sample Summer Seniors

The sense of accomplishment as one conquers a situation which might otherwise be out of reach is very powerful.  The Silver Sampler Summer Seniors offered a new set of outdoor recreation experiences for seniors 55 and over who live within the service area of the Marquette Senior Center.  With a goal of introducing seniors to new hiking trails and water pathways and hopefully revisiting some of the special places they discovered in the past.  The $500 grant from the Community Foundation was used to engage Senior Citizens in outdoor activities to enhance their physical, emotional and community growth and increase awareness and skills in outdoor recreation in and around Marquette.  Participants have been able to explore numerous outdoor venues (hiking and kayaking) and have also been introduced to non-program events such as races, hikes and biking opportunities offered in the community. One returning participant from last year was anxious to rejoin in 2017, she signed up for all the scheduled events. Unfortunately, her husband had a serious stroke.  Immediately, group members, the group leader and the project director reached out to offer support.  They stayed in contact with her.  She later returned to the group saying the group “saved” her! 

Lego Club at Forsyth Township Public Library

The Forsyth Township Public Library received a grant to fund their Lego Club program. The grant helped them purchase a variety of building clocks and idea books in preparation for the launch of Lego Clubs for children of varying ages in the Gwinn Community. The Lego Clubs launched during the Summer Reading Program at the Library. A total of 82 children and 34 adults attended the twice-weekly clubs during the six-week program. They began offering After School Lego Clubs in September twice per month serving 52 children to date. They are now able to provide children with snacks as well. They also offer Duplo building once per month at our weekly Story Times for our younger patrons to enjoy. Children are learning to share and work together. They are excited about reading the Lego books that have been added to their collection, which strengthens literacy and promotes a love of reading.

Spring 2017 Grants

Community Foundation Announces 2017 Grant Recipients

On Monday June 5th, 2017 at the Kaufman Auditorium, the Community Foundation of Marquette County announced the recipients of the 2017 competitive grant cycle. Community funds generated through a multitude of local donor gifts invested wisely over the last 28 years produced funds for Big Bay, Gwinn, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette and were distributed for a number of varied projects. Ninety-eight applications produced a total of fifty-eight grants with projects ranging from a summer bike program for at-risk youth in Marquette to funding to assist Marquette County residents who have been diagnosed with cancer.

The Gwinn Area Community Fund granted a total of $2,169.38, the Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund granted $8,450.00, the Marquette Area Community Fund granted $48,055.00, and the Negaunee Area Community Fund granted $17,895.00. The grand total of all the distributions was $76,569.38.

Pictured above are CFMC Board member Jim Hewitt and Marquette YAC members with grant recipients: Karen Wolf with Lake Superior Village Youth and Family Center, Todd Backlund with Environmental/Agricultural Projects for Negaunee Public Schools, Jim O'Brien with Pine Mountain Music Festival, and Kay Bammert with Silver Creek Church.

•For a full listing of our Spring 2017 Grants click here

April News

Mentoring is Important!

I learned something about life last night. About what is truly important in the lives of our children as they grow up.
This is the 2nd April that I have made my way to Westwood High School for the Westend Gearbusters Robotics end of the year dinner. I enjoyed the wonderful homemade food and warm UP welcome I received. The students, parents and volunteers show up for this evening of recognition and appreciation to celebrate another successful year for the Gearbusters Robotics Team. The Greater Ishpeming Area Community Fund has granted to this organization; hence the invitation. Back to what I learned, First Robotics competitions impact includes participation in key STEM activities where students gain experience in a number of outcomes including 21st century work-life skills, leadership, innovation, and entrepreneurship. This group of 12 mightily engaged high school students surrounded by caring parents and volunteers, who obviously adored and respected them and their accomplishments, enthusiastically demonstrated the robot they constructed.
I was especially impressed with an elderly couple who led the festivities. A retired military gentleman and his life partner who give their time September to May each year to organize and run this privately supported organization. They mentor, recruit, organize, fundraise and tend to the countless details involved in bringing this team through a successful season.


This is what I learned:
1. Students appreciate when their parents are involved.
2. Volunteering to work with high school students is rewarding.
3. You are never too old to impact the younger generation.
4. The practice of apprenticeship is very important.


I am honored and grateful to be able to represent the Community Foundation at these types of events.  I encourage you to look around for volunteer opportunities and share your interests and talents with a young person.  Think about the many mentors in your own upbringing and take advantage of every opportunity to pass that along.
All the best,
Gail Anthony

Annual Celebration – October 3, 2017

The Community Foundation has been working attentively for over 28 years to build, inspire and impact our quality of life in Marquette County. On October 3, 2017 in conjunction with its affiliate funds, the Foundation will observe its 28th anniversary through a donor appreciation celebration and fundraiser. The event, open to both past and potential patrons, will be held at 5:00 pm in the University Center at Northern Michigan University. 

Spring Grant Distribution – June 5, 2017

On Monday, June 5th, 2017 at 6 pm the Community Foundation of Marquette County will announce the recipients of the 2017 competitive grant cycle at the Kaufman Auditorium. Community funds generated through a multitude of local donor gifts invested over the last 28 years produced funds for Big Bay, Gwinn, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette and will be distributed for a number of varied projects.