GH Foundation Selects President

May 27, 2003
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GRAND HAVEN — The incoming president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation wants to build on the success of her predecessor.

Ann Irish Tabor joins the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation in mid-June after working for 14 years with the Community Foundation for Muskegon County. She succeeds long-time Grand Haven foundation President Nancy Riekse Hanenburg, who is retiring.

“It is a great honor to be entrusted with the responsibility of taking a wonderful organization to the next level,” Tabor said. “The community foundation now is in beautiful shape. It’s going to be my job to just come in, build it, grow it and make it stronger.”

Tabor now serves as vice president of advancement for the $70 million Community Foundation for Muskegon County, responsible since February for fund development, planned giving, donor recognition and special events. She previously served as the foundation’s vice president of programming and was responsible for a number of projects that involved partnering with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority to develop enterprise in low-income neighborhoods, as well as leading initiatives to increase the number of low-income youth continuing their education after graduating from high school.

She led a statewide effort to develop a common grant application for foundations in Michigan and form a statewide association for programming officers.

Her background and experience made her an attractive candidate for the Grand Haven position.

“Her experience and expertise in community foundations on both the local and state level will be a great asset as our foundation continues to grow and fulfill its commitment to help meet the present and future needs of the communities it serves,” said Lynne Sherwood, chairperson of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation’s board of trustees.

Founded in 1971, the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation has assets of $31.8 million.

Tabor, a Whitehall resident who had resided in Grand Haven for 27 years, saw the foundation’s presidency as a “wonderful match” with her professional skills when she was approached about the position.

“It was sort of a dream job. This is like coming home,” Tabor said. “It’s a chance to get to Grand Haven and take it to the next level.”           

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