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.


2018 Grant Distribution Event at Presque Isle Park a smashing success! 

The Community Foundation of Marquette County awarded over $73,000 in grant checks to successful applicants of the 2018 competitive grant cycle.   Community funds generated through a multitude of local donor gifts invested wisely over the last 30 years produced funds for Big Bay, Gwinn, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Marquette.
Grants from a number of these funds were distributed for varied projects throughout Marquette County.  115 applications produced a total 79 grants with projects ranging from an indoor rock-climbing wall for Negaunee Public Schools to funding for the Prime Time Family Reading Program at Peter White Public Library.  The new venue allowed easier access for media to grant recipients, resulting in two very nice articles in the Mining Journal and a story run by TV6.  It was a great opportunity for grant recipients to share their stories.  Please click here for a listing of the grants.


Second Annual Blind Groundhog Beer Sampling – February 2, 2018

Will we have six more weeks of winter or an early spring? Who knows? Punxsutawney Phil is a groundhog, not a meteorologist! This year Phil and all other craft beer lovers will be invited to the Community Foundation of Marquette County’s second annual Blind Groundhog Beer Sampling. The event will be hosted by the Marquette Area Community Fund (“MAC”), an affiliate fund of the Community Foundation of Marquette County, on February 2, 2018, at the Marquette Regional History Center from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

During the event, guests will enjoy “blind” samples of brews selected by UP brewers. At the end of the evening, each of the brews will be revealed. Border Grill food, great beers, wine and lots of fun!

The event is intended to help to raise money for the  Community Foundation Grants Program, which provides grants to many local charities.

Must be 21 or older to participate in sampling. Valid ID is required at the door.


Night at the Diner – November 2, 2017

Join us on November 2nd at 6:00 PM for an entertaining evening as the River Rock Banquet Center is transformed into a 1950's diner. Enjoy burgers, fries, soda pop and ice cream served by some of the spunkiest, sassiest and down right hilarious local actors and actresses you've ever seen! Musical entertainment provided by members of the Negaunee Male Chorus. Tickets are $30 each and are available at: TruNorth Credit Union Ishpeming branch, Community Foundation of Marquette County office at 250 N. McClellan, Stewared & Sheridan, 205 S. Main St. Ishpeming, and Crock & Rocker in Michigamme and on Eventbrite.


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.