With the beautiful spring season in full bloom, we are so pleased to welcome two new staff members to our team, Shelly Henderson and Greg Poches.

Shelly grew up in this area and is a former county employee. Her new position with the Community Foundation includes assisting with the grant administration process and supporting our affiliate foundations and supporting organizations.

Greg is our new community investment officer, specializing in community and economic development and natural resources. He is a lifelong Newaygo County resident, loves the outdoors, and has a business and environmental background. Please join me in welcoming Greg and Shelly to the world of philanthropy!

Did you know April was National Financial Literacy Month? A 2021 survey showed that as many as 75 percent of American teens lack confidence in their knowledge of personal finance. In a world barraged with messages about purchasing, teaching children about money is essential. P.T. Barnum said, “Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.” The Community Foundation funds an array of programs to support financial literacy. You can also find some practical tips in one of our most recent professional advisor articles.

We are grateful for people like you who make the grants, scholarships, and programs we support possible. Please stop in today or call me if you’d like to be a part of sharing philanthropy. And enjoy the blooms and all Newaygo County has to offer!