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Allegan, MI – Excitement is brewing at the Allegan County Community Foundation. A simple exercise in fiscal stewardship revealed to the Board of Trustees that, when compared to leasing or building new offices, the cost of staying at the Marshall Street location would exceed leasing or building by more than $375,000 over the next 25 years. “Once we saw the numbers, the responsible decision was clear,” shared Theresa Bray, ACCF CEO. “Not only do we save $375,000, but by endowing the proceeds of the sale, more than $328,000 would be generated to grant to the non-profit community AND the endowment will have grown to over $457,000! If we were to remain, we would be sitting on a stagnant asset (the building) and diminishing our ability to be responsive to community needs.”
“It will be bittersweet to leave this beautiful, historic building but we appreciate the opportunity to have cared for it for 17 years. I am proud of our board and staff for taking on this exercise of fiscal responsibility. The decision to move forward represents an authentic respect for our donors and our mission,” stated Bray who has been with the ACCF since 2000. “Moves and change can be difficult, but when it is the right thing to do we embrace it and get ready for the next chapter. Where are we going? There are a few options at the moment. We want to capitalize on the strong housing market while we seek the best option for the Foundation.”
When the ACCF moved to the Marshall Street location in 2001, they administered $6M in community funds with a staff of three. Today they administer $20M with a staff of three. “We are having growing pains. In 2018 we will be granting more than $360,000 to non-profits, awarding nearly $300,000 in scholarships, and continuing to support creative and impactful initiatives like the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative,” offered Board President, Jodi White.
For more information, please contact Theresa at the ACCF 269.673.8344 or listing agent Carol Sneller at Sneller Real Estate 269-720-0580 (cell) 269-355-1919 (office) www.snellerrealestate.com. MLS# 18010610
APRIL IS CEREAL DRIVE MONTH!
Because Hunger Doesn’t Take A Summer Vacation
Please join us in our effort to provide each eligible child with one box of cereal per week of summer vacation. Child hunger is real. In Allegan County, during the 2016 – 2017 school year, 7,699 children throughout the county were eligible for free or reduced lunch.
Cereal donation drop sites are located throughout the county:
OTSEGO: Bob's Hardware, B&C Trophy, Mezzo Coffee House, Compass Family Wellness Center, and McPherson Plastics
PLAINWELL: Repz Gym, Christian Neighbors, Agility Health, Campbell's Pharmacy, Envy, Harding's Market, Preferred Plastics, Dance Kraze
ALLEGAN: 113 Fitness, Rivertown Fitness & Gym, Allegan County Community Foundation, Michigan Works, AAESA, Save-A-Lot, Allegan General Hospital, Allegan County Sheriff's Department, Wings of Hope Hospice, The Bridge Church, Village Market, Christ Community Church
MARTIN & SHELBYVILLE: JC Wheeler Public Library, Dollar General, East Martin Reformed Church, Martin Reformed Church, Martin United Methodist Church, Shelbyville United Methodist Church
HAMILTON: Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church, Chemical Bank, Hamilton Food Center, Trestle Stop Restaurant
FENNVILLE: Fennville Community Center, Fennville City Hall, Blue Goose Restaurant, Orchard Hills Mobile Home Community, Wagoner's Food Center, Fennville Medical Center, Family Dollar, Ladders of Hope
DORR: Dick's Market, Dorr Library, Dorr Fire Station
WAYLAND: Christian Neighbors, Henika District Library, Harding's Market, United Church of Wayland
SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS: Caldwell Bankers, St. Peter's Church, DeMonds Supervalu, Community Church of Douglas, Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Edward Jones - Glen McNeil
HOPKINS: Hopkins United Methodist Church
You may contact the Allegan County Food Pantry Collaboration’s Resource Coordinator, Tracey Robrahn at 269.207.6409 to learn more.
Monetary donations may be sent the Foundation (please memo CEREAL) to be used to purchase cereal at wholesale prices.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 3, 2018
CONTACT: Theresa M. Bray
Allegan County Community Foundation
Remember and Honor
Sometimes appreciation can be overwhelming and powerful. Such is the case for one man who discovered a local monument honoring WWI soldiers. It is best to hear Shawn tell his story.
I am the Director of Facilities Management for Allegan County. Allegan is a rural farming county in the Southwestern Portion of MI. This beautiful part of America snugs up against Lake Michigan and boasts of being the largest county in the southern peninsula. Allegan County is the home to approximately 115,500 folks.
I took this job about a year ago and while on a parks tour visiting our West Side Park, I saw this amazing monument that was constructed in tribute to the war that was to end all wars, WW I. It brought tears to my eyes and I choked up when I read the plaque (I am a retired US Army Veteran with two combat tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan).
The plaque on the monument is scribed with the following:
In Memory Of The Dead
In Honor of The Living
World War Soldiers
Of Allegan County, Mich.
Erected By The Club Women Of The County - 1925.
In 1925, at the foot of this amazing monument, two saplings were planted. These saplings are now almost 100 year old trees that stand in testament to the memory of those that gave for our country. Their memory now towers over the monument with amazing grace; however, their strong stature makes it difficult for people to admire the monument or even know there is a plaque on it dedicated to anything at all. The structure is also in desperate need of some mason work.
We will be refurbishing the monument with mason work and transitioning the plaque to the opposite side. The moving of the plaque will allow folks to admire the monument, the trees representing those veterans that died and the beautiful sunsets that fall over Lake Michigan.
We are trying to get the monument squared away by Monday, May 28, 2018 (Memorial Day). We thought it would be fitting to hold a remembrance ceremony on the 100th year anniversary of the war the monument was dedicated to. Please come if you can.
Director of Facilities Management
The Allegan County Community Foundation is accepting donations to assist with the restoration of the monument. The goal is $1,500. Please consider a gift to restore this beautiful monument honoring those who served our country. To make an online gift (memo Memorial) please visit alleganfoundation.org or stop in to the Foundation office at 524 Marshall Street with a cash or check donation. And then join us on May 28th - to remember and honor those who fought for our country.
When making a gift online, head to: http://www.alleganfoundation.org/funds.htm
Choose the DONATE button under the following text and be sure to memo: Memorial.
Or, donate to multiple funds by choosing this PayPal button and adding the total amount you wish to donate. Once you're in PayPal, please list the Funds with the amount you wish to donate to each by clicking on the text saying "List Funds & Amount to Donate to Each:"
A big thank you to Rob Soltysiak, Bill Underdown (saugatuckrealty.com) and Craig Gardner Photography for providing the gorgeous photographs used in the slideshow at the top of this website. They have done a wonderful job capturing the beauty of Allegan County.
Allegan County Community Foundation
524 Marshall Street
Allegan, Michigan 49010