Welcome to the Allendale Community Foundation!
The Allendale Community Foundation - Advancing our community through visionary leadership, grants that work today, and gifts that last forever.
Our Core Values: For Good. For All. For Ever.
• We are our community's Foundation. We are here for all.
• We provide leadership to initiate positive change in our community.
• We strengthen and enrich our community through high-impact grants.
• We build permanent endowment, provide responsible stewardship, and create lasting legacies to benefit our community forever.
The Allendale Community Foundation was created as a permanent community endowment, built over time by gifts and bequests from hundreds of individuals, families, and organizations committed to improving and enhancing the quality of life in the Allendale area. Guided by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of community leaders, the Foundation continues to accomplish its original mission by:
• Serving as a leader, catalyst, and resource for philanthropy.
• Building and holding a permanent growing endowment for the community's changing needs and opportunities.
• Striving for community improvement through strategic grant making in such fields as the arts, education, health, environment, youth, senior citizens, social
services, and other human needs.
• Promote partnerships around critical community issues and leveraging resources to meet community needs.
• Providing a flexible and cost effective way for donors to improve their community now and in the future
Like the Coopersville Area Community Foundation, the Allendale Area Community Foundation is a component fund of The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. In 1999, several community leaders and visionaries dreamed of starting a philanthropic vehicle to ensure that their community's quality of life would be enhanced and improved today, tomorrow, and for future generations. A $10,000 grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation created the momentum.
The Trustees of the Allendale Community Foundation continue to work on increasing the awareness of this brand new Foundation to the citizens of the Allendale area. Their goal has been not only to attract donors to this charitable organization benefiting Allendale, but also to raise $50,000 in undesignated and field of interest gifts to receive a second $10,000 challenge grant from the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. This goal was realized in December 2001.
This newest affiliate of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation already has thirty funds and over $1 million in assets. Allendale has never had a specific organization dedicated to attracting donors and making grants to meet the community's needs. It does now in the form of the Allendale Community Foundation. The Foundation's Board is planting the seeds for the future of this community. We know they will succeed!
Grant deadlines are March 1 and September 3.
To apply go to the non profit tab at the Foundation website www.allendalecf.org
Scholarships 2013 Scholarships were awarded to six outstanding students from Funds established by donors in the Allendale Community Foundation.
Grants for 2013
Allendale Public Schools $1,720
2nd Annual Allendale Community Field Day "Things That Fly"-a collaborative project to engage the community and encourage outdoor education by developing activities and investigations outside of the classroom.
Love in the Name of Christ $2,000
Phone System Upgrade - a collaborative effort to upgrade the present phone system to better serve families, churches and service organizations.
Allendale Fire Department $1,200
Live Fire Training Center - to build a live fire training center in Allendale to train firefighters of Ottawa County in real life fire conditions within a controlled, safe environment.
Allendale Township Library $300
Summer Reading Finisher's Party Project- to increase the number of student who finish the Summer Reading Program by offering a Finisher's Party to be held in the Township Park which will provide the children with prizes, games and entertainment.
Allendale Township Library $700
Movies in the Park Equipment Upgrade-to update equipment (Blu-Ray Player and DLP Projector) for the Allendale Movies in the Park program which aims to provide family friendly entertainment in Allendale on Friday evenings in July and August.