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Tuesday, April 12, 2022
A $40,000 check is ready to be cashed by Emergency Shelter Services after a challenge grant moved community members to give above and beyond, raising a total of $104,000. Berrien Community Foundation, Hanson Family Foundation, Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the Felland Fund pooled their resources to offer a 4-to-1 challenge grant to the community to help fund much needed repairs at the family homeless shelter in Benton Harbor. Because of the challenge, every $1 donated by the community would be matched by $4, up to $40,000.       "When I...
Monday, March 28, 2022
Carolyn Hanson has a heart for children and wants to make sure their needs are met in our community. The newest grant program at Berrien Community Foundation, Carolyn’s Kids, is a partnership between Carolyn Hanson and the Berrien Community Foundation that will award two $50,000 grants to programs that support the needs of children. “The children truly are the future,” said Carolyn Hanson. “I care so much about what happens to our kids. I’m so honored, proud and humbled that I can be part of doing something to help kids.” What started as a...
Tuesday, February 22, 2022
The Berrien Community Foundation, Hanson Family Foundation, Frederick S. Upton Foundation and Felland Fund are pooling their resources to create a $4 to $1 matching grant to help Emergency Shelter Services raise much-needed money for shelter repairs.  For every $1 the community raises, the Foundations will provide $4 up to a total of $50,000. That means a gift of $25 becomes $100 for the Love Your Shelter campaign. “Everyone deserves to have a roof over their head. ESS plays such a vital role in Berrien County as our only family homeless...
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
Funding opportunities abound at Berrien Community Foundation for nonprofits looking to do good work across Berrien County in 2022, with several grant deadlines quickly approaching. “There are many, many nonprofits here in Berrien County doing really great work. They not only identify community needs, they go beyond that by offering programming or projects to address those areas,” said Berrien Community Foundation President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “BCF wants to partner with these organizations through funding; all they have to do is apply. We have...
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Grant applications are again available for “The Heart of Cook” Foundation Fund. “The Heart of Cook” is a grant program funded by Indiana Michigan Power’s Cook Nuclear Plant and administered by the Berrien Community Foundation to assist nonprofit programs in Southwest Michigan and Northwest Indiana (La Porte, St. Joseph, and Elkhart Counties). Educational projects, human services programs that support families, and environmental protection and preservation projects are the focus areas for this grant program. The grant review committee,...
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Berrien Community Foundation announces applications are now available for the 70+ scholarships to be awarded in 2022. Applications are due March 4, 2022. New to the scholarship lineup this year is the Jean M. Heisner Medical Technician Scholarship, Patrick Freehling Memorial Scholarship and Wilson Family Scholarship. Mark and Jean Penwell have two scholarships now with Berrien Community Foundation after starting the Jean M. Heisner Medical Technician Scholarship this year, and both are in memory of their mothers. “Both of our mothers were...
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  The children at St. Augustine Episcopal Church have big hearts for the homeless and those needing affordable housing.  What started out as project to provide a tiny home for someone experiencing homelessness morphed into an affordable small home rental that is managed by Harbor Habitat For Humanity. A For Good Grant from the Berrien Community Foundation along with the help of many community organizations and resources came together to make this project possible.   “There’s a lot of pride we have for these kids,” said Bruce Banghart, a...
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
When Coloma High School graduate Rodney Weir left for the University of Michigan he had no idea his experience with the local high school band would take him to the Tournament of Roses. He also didn’t know his entire educational experience would lead him to start a scholarship that would reach back and encourage others to pursue their educational goals. This year the theme for the Tournament of Roses Parade is The Transformative Power of Education. That was definitely the case for Weir when he led the University of Michigan Marching Band as...
Wednesday, December 29, 2021
  Berrien Community Foundation is awarding more than $137,000 in For Good Grants to bring new and exciting programs to meet the needs in Berrien County. “Each round of For Good Grants means there are more Good projects being funded in our communities,” said BCF President Lisa Cripps-Downey. “This is the community's foundation. Grants were awarded to help all over Berrien County in so many different ways. These projects will build up local communities and make this a better place to live, work and play.” Projects focusing on creating a...
Thursday, November 18, 2021
There was much rejoicing and confetti around Berrien County Nov. 17 as the Berrien Community Foundation crew made surprise stops awarding $130,000 in grants and awards as part of its Annual Celebration.  The day marked the official announcement of the Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant, Alamar Nonprofit Sustainability Grant, Golden Acorn Award For Excellence and Golden Acorn Volunteer Recognition Award.  Carol’s Hope is the recipient of the $50,000 Stephen E. Upton Love Your Community Grant. This grant is awarded to a Berrien County...

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