Human Resources, Lakeshore, and Nonprofits

Foundation hires director of grants and programs

August 28, 2017
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Holly Cole
Holly Cole. Courtesy Grand Haven Area Community Foundation

A charitable organization has announced its newest team member.

Holly Cole has joined the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation as director of grants and programs. Cole will be responsible the development, implementation and evaluation of the foundation’s comprehensive competitive grants program.

“It’s an absolute privilege to serve our community in partnership with the exceptional team at the GHACF,” Cole said. “I look forward to supporting those in the nonprofit sector that care for our neighbors in the Tri-Cities and beyond.”

Originally from Spring Lake, Cole received her bachelor’s degree from Kalamazoo College and her master’s degree from Grand Valley State University. She most recently was program manager at the Community Food Club of Greater Grand Rapids, a collaborative approach to food distribution to those with food insecurity in Kent County. Cole also has worked at Kids’ Food Basket in Grand Rapids and Elon University in North Carolina.

“We are thrilled to add capacity to our growing community grant-making work,” said Holly Johnson, president of GHACF. “Holly has a proven record in nonprofit programming and she will be an invaluable addition to our team. Her experience with nonprofits, specifically in the area of food insecurity, will help us address needs and impactfully serve our community.”


The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has been serving the Tri-Cities community since 1971. It exists to encourage philanthropic gifts from individuals, families, companies and organizations, and serves as a steward of charitable funds and legacies. The Foundation offers support to nonprofits, convenes leaders on issues of importance and engages in advocacy work that impacts the nonprofit sector. In 2016, the Foundation ranked fifth in the Top 100 Community Foundations in the nation for most gifts per capita, 15th for distribution rate and 93rd for number of transactions.

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