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Community foundation names CEO

April 4, 2014
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Community foundation names CEO
Mike Goorhouse. Courtesy Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area 

A community foundation in the region didn’t have to look far for its new CEO.

The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area said this week that it has named Mike Goorhouse, vice president, its CEO and president, effective April 15.

Janet DeYoung recently retired from the role.

“The board has been working closely with Mike for more than two years as our vice president, and we are most impressed by his commitment to CFHZ and his ability to inspire others to join our mission,” said Sue Den Herder, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees. “Ultimately, it is his ability to lead and serve — combined with a strong technical knowledge of charitable giving and the nonprofit sector — that make him the perfect fit.”

Background

Goorhouse, a Holland native, has been involved with the community foundation for the past 13 years, holding various positions. He’s served as vice president since 2012.

Previously, Goorhouse has served in various foundation and charity roles, including the Council of Michigan Foundation, where he served as both the director of membership and private foundations coordinator.

“The Community Foundation is close to my heart,” Goorhouse said. “CFHZ sparked my passion for philanthropy both personally and professionally. Being able to do the work that I’ve been trained to do with the organization that I love is truly special. It will be an honor to serve my community in this way.”

Goorhouse received his B.S. in secondary education from Calvin College and his master’s in public administration and nonprofit management from Grand Valley State University.

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