• Fremont Area Community Foundation

    Fremont Area Community Foundation


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    About Us

    Our story begins in 1951 when visionary philanthropists set out to change the future of Newaygo County forever.
    Local attorney William J. Branstrom—along with Frank Gerber, Horace Loomis, Dick Pikaart, Herman Schuiteman, and Bessie Slautterback—created the Fremont Foundation in 1951. They gathered charitable funds established by people like Harry Williams and J. Andrew and Mattie Gerber and laid the ground work for a community foundation that has become one of the largest in the U.S. on a per capita basis.
    We exist to enhance the quality of life for all people in Newaygo County and surrounding communities. We do this by connecting community needs with the passions of families, businesses, and individuals.

    Our renewed vision and core values guide our work.
    Throughout 2022, the Community Foundation worked to develop an updated strategic plan. Our process included analyzing extensive local research and seeking input from nonprofit organizations, community members, former trustees, donors, local leaders, and our affiliates and supporting organizations.
    With this valuable data and feedback, we refreshed our vision and values and developed a strategic plan that will guide our continuing work in the community.

    We are a catalyst for change, enhancing thriving communities through the power of philanthropy.

    To enhance the quality of life for all people of Newaygo County and surrounding communities.

    Guiding principles
    We build goodwill
    We earn trust
    We strengthen relationships
    Our core values
    Compassionate and collaborative leadership
    Trusted stewardship

    Rep/Contact Info

    Maria Gonzalez
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    Lindsay Hager
    Vice President and Chief Philanthropic Services Officer
    Shelly Kasprzycki
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    Kathy Pope
    Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
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