Copper Country Youth Hockey Endowment Fund Grants Available

$3,047.761 available to local non-profit organizations


November 15, 2017

Hancock, Michigan – The Keweenaw Community Foundation is pleased to announce that our Copper Country Youth Hockey Endowment Fund is accepting applications for funding proposals from the community for the 2017-2018 granting cycle. The total amount available to grant is $3,047.61. Grants must support youth ice hockey programs throughout the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association […]

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Recognizing the Impact of Community Foundations [November 12-18]

Keweenaw Community Foundation Participates in National Effort to Highlight Local Impact of Philanthropy


November 13, 2017

Hancock, Michigan – During the week of November 12-18, 2017, Keweenaw Community Foundation will join more than 780 community foundations across American celebrating Community Foundation Week. For 28 years, the effort has raised awareness about the increasingly important role of these philanthropic organizations in fostering local collaboration and innovation to address persistent civic and economic […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Tom Adolphs & Phil Kelm

"You can’t have a business that doesn’t focus on a community. We want to do the cidery all organic and as local as possible. We are doing foraged, wild, fruit of the Keweenaw with our cider, and that involves the help of our community members."


November 3, 2017

This is the ninth in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 10/26/17 by Hailey Hart Photos provided by Tom Adolphs   Please, tell us a little about yourselves. Phil: “I grew up near the city of Coloma, in […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Houghton County Historical Preservation Grants Available

$921.02 available for local non-profit organizations


October 20, 2017

Hancock, Michigan – The Houghton County Historical Preservation Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $921.02 is available from the Houghton County Historical Preservation Fund for local historical preservation and education projects or activities related to the Houghton County of Michigan. To be considered, grant […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Portage Lake Youth Grants Available

$2,789.83 available for local youth programs and activities


October 18, 2017

Hancock, Michigan – The Portage Lake Youth Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $2,789.93 is available from the Portage Lake Youth Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting programs and activities that are designed to serve youth of the Portage Lake area. This geographical […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Grants Available

$1,763.53 available for local non-profit organizations


October 16, 2017

Hancock, Michigan – The Environmental Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $1,763.53 is available from the Environmental Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting programs, projects, and activities related to a broad range of environmental concerns that include, but are not limited to: health, […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee Announces Grant Recipients

$2,586.14 awarded to three local organizations


September 29, 2017

Hancock, Michigan — The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) announced that $2,586.14 has been awarded from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund to three local organizations supporting skiing programs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The grant recipients are: Swedetown Trails Club to assist with the purchasing […]

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A Newly Established Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund is Available

$60,000 Available for Local Organizations this Grant Cycle


October 2, 2017

Hancock, Michigan — The Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. The fund, combined with additional support by the Portage Health Foundation, has made available $60,000.00 for local organizations for this granting cycle. The purpose of […]

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Youth Advisory Council Announces Fall Granting Cycle

$14,791 available for local non-profit organizations


September 27, 2017

Hancock, Michigan — The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its fall granting cycle. $14,791 is available from the Kellogg Youth Fund for local organizations benefiting youth in grades 6-12. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later than 12 P.M. […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation and Portage Health Foundation Establish a Recreation Fund that will Benefit Many

A Newly Established Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund is Available


September 19, 2017

Hancock, Michigan— Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) along with Portage Health Foundation (PHF) is pleased to announce the availability of a newly established Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation fund. This fund was established with the intention that it will help influence and financially support the outdoor recreational needs of the community. “With KCF […]

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Wagner Endowment Will Benefit Portage Lake United Church’s Mission Activities

Sharing God's Grace through Outreach and Engagement


September 14, 2017

Portage Lake United Church (PLUC), with the help of Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) and other funds are able to help support the Angel Mission because of the Wagner Endowment. New Beginnings Angel Mission is a free store in Calumet. The organization aims to help members of the community by providing quality items such as clothing, […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Stef Cook

I really hope to see everyone take as much pride in this community as I do. We need to take care of the area, even with simple things like eliminating litter and keeping the place clean. So much has changed for the better, and it would be great to see it continue.


September 12, 2017

This is the eighth in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 9/6/17 by Hailey Hart Photos provided by Stef Cook   Please, tell us a little about yourself. “I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah. After high […]

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Cheers to This Year’s Successful Brewfest

Proceeds raised help support the over 100+ funds and organizations that improve our community's quality of life


August 29, 2017

Keweenaw Community Foundation’s 8th  annual Keweenaw Brewfest  was held on August 26th. The proceeds raised at the event help support the 100+ funds and organizations that reinforce our mission of inspiring giving that invests in our community’s quality of life. We would like to thank the City of Houghton for hosting the event, Pisani, Peterlin, […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Bob Hiltunen

"I know that all places have their characters and stories, but I love the people of Dollar Bay. There is a palpable sense of community that just seems more ‘realistic’ to me than other places... Oh and also, there are Unicorns.”


August 16, 2017

This is the seventh in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 8/11/17 by Kyle Krym Photos provided by Bob Hiltunen, Daniel Bennett, and Belinda Mattfolk   Please, tell us a little about yourself. “I am Bob Hiltunen. I […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Cross Country Skiing Grants Available

$2,586.14 Available for Local Non-profit Organizations


August 7, 2017

Hancock, Michigan—The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $2,586.14 is available from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting skiing programs. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Rene Johnson

There is a saying in West Africa that Westerners have watches, but Africans have time. Well, they certainly know how to share it in meaningful ways.


August 3, 2017

This is the sixth in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 8/1/17 by Kyle Krym Photos provided by Rene Johnson. First photo of Rene w/ hammer taken by Brad Beaudette.   Please, tell us a little about yourself. I suppose […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Gowtham S

One of my professors in my master’s program, Dr. Sharath Ananathmurthy, connected with Dr. Pushpalatha Murthy at Michigan Tech... I had a chance to meet and chat with her in Bangalore. My life changed forever during those 30 minutes.


July 27, 2017

This is the fifth in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 7/24/17 by Kyle Krym Photos provided by Gowtham S   Please, tell us a little about yourself. I’m somebody who loves any team I’m a part of, […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Iola Brubaker

My experience with my children’s health problems, my son’s learning disability, and being a single parent has made me very passionate about providing the same resources I depended on as a parent to my community.


July 20, 2017

This is the fourth in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 7/14/17 by Kyle Krym Photos courtesy of Carrie Rich   Please, tell us a little bit about yourself. I am the Executive Director at the Keweenaw […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Dillon Geshel

"I'm the vocalist in a hardcore punk band called Wildlike, and that might be surprising to people if they still envision librarians as meek or timid."


July 11, 2017

This is the third in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 7/5/17 by Kyle Krym Photos courtesy of Victor Ierulli II and Kyle Krym   Please, tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in Lake Linden and […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Cynthia Cote

"As a kid, I remember spending time sitting under a huge lilac bush in our yard creating little environments out of sticks and cardboard and found treasures. I still work like that."


July 6, 2017

This is the second in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 7/1/17 by Kyle Krym All artwork courtesy of Cynthia Cote All photos courtesy of Kyle Krym   Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’ve always been […]

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Humans of the Keweenaw: Interview with Alex Aho

"I owe most of my social life and professional skills to my time at Level 2 Skatepark."


June 27, 2017

This is the first in a series of planned interviews highlighting humans in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties who are working to improve our community’s quality of life. Interview conducted on 6/20/17 by Kyle Krym All photos courtesy of Bryan Lowney   Tell us about yourself. I was born in Hancock in 1988. Grew up here […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council announces grants to benefit local youth


The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation announces that $15,100 has been awarded to 9 local organizations with funds available from the Youth Endowment Fund. These grants will support projects that benefit youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The nine grant recipients are: Calumet High School SADD Chapter to […]

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2017 Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced


Three Scholarships Awarded to Graduating Houghton High School Seniors   Houghton, Michigan—The 2017 Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarships were presented Thursday, May 25 at the Houghton High School Senior Honors Banquet. Harkin Massopust, Abigail Mauno, and Carly Ronis were each awarded scholarships totaling $5,600. Harkin will be attending Michigan State University and plans to study […]

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Houghton MI Skatepark exceeds its goal for MEDC matching grant


Houghton MI Skatepark has raised over $50,000 through the crowdfunding campaign to meet the $50,000 challenge match from MEDC. The Patronicity site can continue to accept donations until 11:45 p.m. on Friday, June 9 for people wanting to help build the skatepark in Houghton. But it is exciting and gratifying to know that with the […]

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Faither Lutheran Church of Calumet, 2017 scholarship winners

2017 Faith Lutheran Church Scholarship Recipients Announced


Two Scholarships Totaling $3,490 Awarded to Graduating Local Seniors   Calumet, Michigan—Two Faith Lutheran Church Scholarships were presented Sunday, May 21 at Senior Recognition Day at the Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet. Nathan Bruchman and Brooke Tienhaara will both receive scholarships. Nathan, a Calumet High School graduate, will be attending Michigan Tech and plans to […]

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Blue Bolts have successful “Pink Out”!


The Dollar Bay girls’ basketball team pulled off a successful Pink Out fundraiser this year and was able to provide three iPads plus a $100 I Tunes card to help the Women Living with Cancer Support Group. One of those iPads was purchased through a grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and another through UP […]

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SoKe Trail Improvements Thanks to Gundlach Fund Grant from KCF


Southern Keweenaw Trails (SoKe) received a grant in 2016 for $3000 from the Herman Gundlach Endowment Fund at Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF). The group has put those funds to good use with the purchase of a trailhead map, trail intersection maps, picnic tables and grills for the trailhead recreation area and also some trail maintenance […]

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Kenneth Ryan Clark Memorial Fund Established at KCF


Hancock–A new fund has been established by the Clark family in memory of their son, Ryan. Keweenaw Community Foundation is honored to be entrusted by the Clark’s with managing and growing the Kenneth Ryan Clark Memorial Fund. The purpose of the fund is to provide ongoing financial support to one of the critical crisis management […]

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Alex Aho at Houghton MI Skatepark art auction 2017

Art Auction Raised Over $21,000 for Houghton Michigan Skatepark


April 24, 2017                                                                                    Houghton, Michigan – It was shoulder to shoulder at the Keweenaw Brewing Company on April 13 for a unique art auction fundraiser in support of the Houghton Michigan Skatepark. Fifty-nine local artists created the artwork using the wood decks of skateboards as their canvasses. Alex Aho, a driving force behind the Skatepark […]

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St. Vincent’s Food Pantry Receives Easter Bounty


April 20, 2017 Hancock, Michigan–Contributions to food banks always swell during the winter holidays, but sometimes by the beginning of Spring the cupboards can be a bit bare. So this year Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) partnered with Tadych’s Econofoods of Houghton to help fill those cupboards at St. Vincent de Paul’s Food Pantry in Hancock. […]

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Houghton Skatepark Chosen for $50,000 MEDC/Patronicity Matching Grant


Houghton, Michigan – To support local fundraising efforts, the Houghton Skatepark project will be awarded matching funds of $50,000 from Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) Public Spaces Community Places grant. MEDC in collaboration with Michigan Municipal League designed this new program to provide municipalities with projects that focus on “activation of public spaces and community […]

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Houghton Skatepark art auction

April 13th Skateboard Charity Art Auction at Keweenaw Brewing Company


April 4, 2017 Contact: Alex Aho or Laura Smyth houghtonmiskatepark@gmail.com or laura@k-c-f.org Houghton, Michigan—The Houghton, MI Skatepark Group is holding a charity art auction at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton on Thursday, April 13 from 7-9 PM. The event will feature work from 50+ local artists including high school students and professionasls. Quincy Woodwrights, […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Announces Spring Granting Cycle


    Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its spring granting cycle. $15,100 is available from the Kellogg Youth Fund for local organizations benefiting youth in grades 6-12. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later than 12 […]

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SKY Endowment Established by Anonymous Donor to Benefit Local Youth


Friday, January 27, 2017 Contact: Laura Smyth (laura@k-c-f.org) or Lynnette Borree (lborree@copperisd.org) Some of the best ideas are the simplest: SKY (Simple Kindness for Youth) proves that point. SKY is a local non-profit whose only goal is to help area youth with the seemingly small things that often make a big difference in a child’s […]

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trail groomer

Swedetown Trails Club to celebrate new trail groomer on Winter Trails Day


  Friday, January 06, 2017 Contact: Laura Smyth (laura@k-c-f.org) or Cynthia MacDonald (info@swedetowntrails.org)   The public is invited to enjoy Winter Trails Day on Sunday, January 15 at Swedetown Trails in Calumet, Michigan. This year along with record-breaking snow, the Swedetown Trails Club is celebrating (and showing off!) their new trail groomer.   The groomer became […]

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Save the Date! Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Annual Keweenaw Gold Fundraiser Scheduled for March 15


Thursday, January 05, 2017                                                                                    Contact: Laura Smyth For Immediate Release                                                                                                   laura@k-c-f.org  Houghton, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is currently planning their annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser. It will be held on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at Bonfire Steakhouse Bar & Grill on the 7th floor of the Magnuson Hotel in Houghton. This year’s theme is “Blue Prints […]

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Nearly $20,000 in Additional Community Grants Awarded by Herman Gundlach Fund


The Herman Gundlach Fund of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has announced it will award $19,276.26 in additional funds to 25 local organizations; the individual grant amounts range from $200 to $5,000. The grant recipients are: Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Bay Cliff Health Camp Boy Scouts of America-Bay Lakes Council Calumet Theatre Calumet Art Center Copper Country Community […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation YAC announces grants to benefit local youth


November 18, 2016 The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation is pleased to announce that $12,402.48 has been awarded to seven local organizations with funds available from the Kellogg Youth Endowment Fund. These grants will support projects that benefit youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties.  The seven grant recipients […]

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Copper Country Youth Hockey Endowment Fund ~ 2016-2017 NOTICE OF GRANT AVAILABILITY


November 28, 2016 Hancock–The Keweenaw Community Foundation is pleased to announce that our Copper Country Youth Hockey Endowment Fund is accepting applications for funding proposals from the community for the 2016-17 granting cycle. The total amount available to grant is $2,801.85. Grants must support youth ice hockey programs throughout the Copper Country Junior Hockey Association […]

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students from Trap Rock 4-H with Ed Gray

New Partnership for Youth


What happens when you combine a lifelong artist and an enthusiastic youth group? You get a wonderful partnership between the Calumet Art Center and the Trap Rock 4-H Club! The Trap Rock 4-H Club has youth from five area schools, including those being home schooled. Thanks to a grant through the Keweenaw Community Foundation from […]

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Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club Receives Grant


October 24, 2016 Contact: Laura Smyth (laura@k-c-f.org) or Sandy Aronson (sandyaronsonpt@gmail.com)   Keweenaw Community Foudation’s Keweenaw Cross Country Endowment recently awarded the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club $1,750 to help defray the cost of purchasing a new snowmobile for cross country ski trail grooming and track setting. Keweenaw Community Foundation is a non-profit, community organization created […]

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Houghton Energy Efficiency Team Initiative Heating Up as Weather Cools

6,921 LED Lightbulbs Handed Out To Date, Still Have More to Give Out


October 6, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) is entering the final quarter of its two year initiative to make Houghton County more energy efficient. They are encouraging income-qualified Copper Country residents to stop by the HEET office at 422 Quincy St in Downtown Hancock with an UPPCO bill or proof of income to pick up […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Environmental Grants Available

$3,400 Available for Local Non-profit Organizations


October 3, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Environmental Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $3,400 is available from the Environmental Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting programs, projects, and activities related to a broad range of environmental concerns that include, but are not limited to: health, community development/civic […]

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Youth Advisory Council Announces Fall Granting Cycle

$15,100 Available for Local Non-profit Organizations


September 28, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its fall granting cycle. $15,100 is available from the Kellogg Youth Fund for local organizations benefiting youth in grades 6-12. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later than 12 P.M. on […]

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Don’t Do It Yourself (D.D.I.Y.) Endowment Opened with Keweenaw Community Foundation

Goal is to Maintain a Sustainable Operating Organization for Good, Forever


September 12, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—Through the generosity of the Coca Cola Foundation and the Hancock Coca Cola Bottling Company, the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has established an endowment with the Don’t Do It Yourself (D.D.I.Y.) organization in order to create a sustainable source of income for providing assistance during medical crises. D.D.I.Y. serves as an emergency funding source […]

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Nearly $70,000 in Community Grants Awarded by Herman Gundlach Fund

17 Local Organizations Awarded Grants Ranging from $1,375 to $5,000


September 7, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Herman Gundlach Fund of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has announced it will award $69,531.75 to 17 local organizations to fund projects addressing community needs. The individual grant amount ranges from $1,375 to $5,000. Donor-advised funds are established at the bequest of a donor wishing to provide flexible capital for charitable activities while retaining […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Recruiting New Members

Applications Requested Before September 11th


September 1, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council of Houghton & Keweenaw Counties (YAC), part of the Keweenaw Community Foundation, is looking for local youth currently in grades 9-12 who have exhibited the potential to be leaders in their community to apply for membership before September 11th, 2016. Members must be willing to participate on a committee that […]

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Houghton Skatepark Project Awarded $10,000 Tony Hawk Foundation Grant

One of Six Skateparks Funded by THF in 2016


August 24, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The Tony Hawk Foundation has selected the Houghton Skatepark Project to be one of its Summer 2016 Tony Hawk Foundation (THF) Skatepark Grant recipients. The project will receive $10,000 from THF to help create a safe skatepark in Houghton. Other grant recipients included Livingston, MT, Providence, RI, Gallup, NM, Grinnell, IA, and Belgrade, MT. […]

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Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee Announces Grant Recipients

$4,995 awarded to three local organizations


August 18, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) announced that $4,995 has been awarded from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund to three local organizations supporting skiing programs in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The grant recipients are: Copper Country Ski Tigers for new race suite for the […]

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Volunteers Needed for Keweenaw Brewfest Fundraiser on August 27

Keweenaw Brewfest Tickets are Available for Purchase


August 9, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is currently looking for volunteers for this year’s Keweenaw Brewfest annual fundraiser. It will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 1-5 PM at the Kestner Waterfront Park (Chutes & Ladders) in Houghton. KCF currently needs volunteers to help with setup on Friday, August 26th, as well as help […]

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Neuvokas Makes Large Donation to Houghton Skatepark Project

Value of Donation Estimated at $6,500 Total


August 2, 2016

Ahmeek, Michigan—The Houghton Skatepark Project has received a large donation from the Neuvokas Corporation out of Ahmeek, MI. Neuvokas has agreed to a monetary donation of $1,000 as well as a discount on rebar at an estimated value of $5,500. The rebar will play a critical role during the construction phase of the project. Neuvokas […]

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CCISD Health Career Students Experience Empathy with Age Simulation Suits

Acquired from Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Grant


July 18, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—Last fall, the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) announced that $600 had been awarded to the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s (CCISD) Health Careers Program. The YAC grant provided the opportunity for the CCISD program to create empathy suits and age related experiences inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of […]

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Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home Endowment Opened with Keweenaw Community Foundation

Goal is to Maintain a Sustainable Operating Organization for Good, Forever


June 30, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—Through the generosity of the Herman Gundlach Fund, the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has established an endowment for the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home in order to create a sustainable source of income for offering a safe place for victims of domestic violence and their children. The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home works to […]

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$30,000 in Community Grants Available from Herman Gundlach Fund

Applications Due August 10th at Keweenaw Community Foundation Office


June 23, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Herman Gundlach Fund of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $30,000 is available from the fund for local organizations addressing community needs. Individual grants will be funded up to $5,000. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later than […]

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$3000 Awarded to Houghton Skatepark Project from Funding Youth Initiatives Endowment

Project Chosen for Increasing Opportunities for Local Youth


June 21, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The Houghton Skatepark Project has been awarded a $3,000 grant from the Funding Youth Initiatives (FYI) donor-advised endowment at the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF). The award was presented to Alex Aho of the Houghton Skatepark project by Bernadette Yeoman-Ouellette of FYI and Jim Vivian, the Executive Director of KCF, at the East Houghton Waterfront […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Looking for Advisory Committee Members

Environmental, Houghton County Historical Preservation, and Portage Lake Youth Endowment Advisory Committee Members Needed


June 14, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is currently looking for interested community individuals to apply to join its Environmental, Houghton County Historical Preservation, and Portage Lake Youth Endowment Advisory Committees. Committee members for these field of interest endowments will consider community needs, review grant applications, make grant decisions, and act as an ambassador for the […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Cross Country Skiing Grants Available

$4,997.66 Available for Local Non-profit Organizations


June 9, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $4,997.66 is available from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting skiing programs. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later […]

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2016 Faith Lutheran Church Scholarship Recipients Announced

Two Scholarships Totaling $3460 Awarded to Graduating Local Seniors


June 2, 2016

Calumet, Michigan—Two Faith Lutheran Church Scholarships were presented Sunday, May 22 at Senior Recognition Day at the Faith Lutheran Church in Calumet. Daniel Dyl received a $1,560 scholarship and Arthur Lyons received a $1,900 scholarship. Daniel, a graduate of Calumet High School, will be attending the University of Northwestern Ohio to study auto/diesel mechanics. Arthur, […]

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2016 Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarship Recipients Announced

Three $2,541 Scholarships Awarded to Graduating Houghton High School Seniors


June 1, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The 2016 Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarships were presented Thursday, May 26 at the Houghton High School Senior Honors Banquet. Maia Barnhart, Taryn Kaurala, and Antoni Olszewski were each awarded $2,541 scholarships. Maia will be attending Gogebic Community College to study nursing. Taryn will be attending Gogebic Community College to study business. Antoni will […]

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Save the Date! Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Annual Keweenaw Brewfest Fundraiser Scheduled for August 27

Come for Beer, Live Music, and Food at Houghton’s Kestner Waterfront Park


May 23, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is currently planning this year’s Keweenaw Brewfest annual fundraiser. It will be held on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, from 1-5 PM at the Kestner Waterfront Park (Chutes & Ladders) in Houghton. There will be plenty of beer, live music, and food for purchase. Last year, there were 44 different breweries […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Announces Grants to Benefit Local Youth

$15,100 Awarded to Seven Local Organizations


May 12, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) announced that $15,100 has been awarded from the Kellogg Youth Endowment Fund to seven local organizations. These grants will support projects that benefit youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The grant recipients are: Finlandia University for “The Arts: An Exciting […]

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Houghton Energy Efficiency Team Opening Endowment with Keweenaw Community Foundation

Aiming for Five Million Dollar Georgetown University Energy Prize


April 26, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team (HEET) has opened an endowment with the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) to help raise funds needed to make Houghton County more energy efficient. HEET was formed in the summer of 2014 as a way to help the residents of Houghton County navigate the challenging energy landscape facing the Upper […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Celebrates Les Cook’s Nine Years of Service

Time on Board of Trustees Marked by his Passion for the Community


April 21, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—After nine years of dedicated service, Les Cook is leaving the Keweenaw Community Foundation’s (KCF) Board of Trustees due to term limitations. The current Vice President for Student Affairs and Advancement at Michigan Tech, Les joined the KCF board in October, 2006. Since then, Les helped direct over 1.6 million dollars in grantable funds […]

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Matching Fund Challenge Issued for Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarship

Scholarships Help HHS Students Who Demonstrate Character, Need, and Determination


April 19, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—In a continued effort to help students in need, a challenge has been issued to the community to help grow the Bernard F. Gaffney Memorial Scholarship fund at the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Ted Gaffney, the son of the late Bernard F. Gaffney, will match up to $5,000 in donations made to the endowment. The […]

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Bob Linn Scholarship to be Awarded in Honor of Former Hancock Resident

Provides Financial Assistance to Students Interested in Nature and the Environment


April 13, 2016

Isle Royale, Michigan—The Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association and the George Wright Society are awarding a college scholarship in memory of former Hancock resident, Bob Linn, a founding member of both organizations. Bob was chief naturalist for Isle Royale National Park for many years before becoming chief scientist for the National Park Service in […]

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Funding Needed to Make Calumet Art Center ADA Accessible

Critical for Veterans as well as Adults and Youth with Special Needs


April 6, 2016

Calumet, Michigan—A project has kicked off to reconstruct the side entrance to the Calumet Art Center by a single level for barrier free access. The front entrance currently used has two levels of stairs making it difficult for those with limited ability to gain easy access. The entrances to the second floor performance hall also […]

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April 7th Skateboard Deck Charity Art Auction at KBC

Proceeds Will Go Towards Funding the Houghton, MI Skatepark Project


April 5, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The Houghton, MI Skatepark Group is holding a charity art auction at the Keweenaw Brewing Company in Houghton this Thursday, April 7 from 7-9 PM. The event will feature work from 25+ local artists. Quincy Woodwrights, a Houghton-based skateboard deck manufacturer, donated boards to the artists as canvases for one-of-a-kind art pieces to be […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Keweenaw Gold Fundraiser a Success

Over $33,000 Raised to Improve our Community’s Quality of Life


April 4, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The Keweenaw Community Foundation’s annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser was held on March, 22nd. Over $33,000 was raised in total, which will go to supporting our mission of “inspiring giving that invests in our community’s quality of life.” We would like to thank the Continental Fire Co. for hosting the event, Shelden Grill for catering […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council Announces Spring Granting Cycle

$15,100 Available for Local Non-profit Organizations


March 1, 2016

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its spring granting cycle. $15,100 is available from the Kellogg Youth Fund for local organizations benefiting youth in grades 6-12. To be considered, grant applications must be submitted to the KCF office no later than 12 P.M. on April […]

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Project to Build Houghton Skatepark Pushing Off

Endowment Opened with Keweenaw Community Foundation and First Fundraising Event Scheduled for March 12th


February 24, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—A project aimed at bringing an outdoor skatepark to the City of Houghton has gained traction with a brand new website, an endowment through the Keweenaw Community Foundation, and a fundraiser scheduled for March 12th. A group of local community leaders formed in mid-late 2015 with the common goal of helping construct a public […]

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“Alive Inside” Webinar Trainings to be Held February 16-18

Program Aimed at Spreading the Music and Giving New Life


February 11, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—Our Lady of Mercy nursing home in Hubbell is sponsoring three Alive Inside webinar trainings Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 16-18, from 1 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. The trainings will be held in the conference room of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services next to J.C. Penney in the Copper Country Mall. […]

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Project HOPE Returns to Houghton County

Looking for Foster Parents to Provide a Temporary Safe Harbor for Children in Need


January 28, 2016

Houghton County, Michigan—Project HOPE has returned to Houghton County to provide programs, services, and emergency shelter for homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth. The need for foster care in the Upper Peninsula is significant and growing. According to 2014 data from the National Runaway Safeline, seventy-five percent of youth who called identified shelter as their unmet […]

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Save the Date! Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Annual Keweenaw Gold Fundraiser Scheduled For March 22

Celebrate Our Community Rocks With Dinner And Live Music


January 27, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is currently planning this year’s Keweenaw Gold annual fundraiser. It will be held on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016, at The Continental Fire Company in Houghton. This year, the theme and focus of the event will be “Keweenaw Gold—Our Community Rocks”. Participants will enjoy the evening as they join friends from […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation and Omega House Partner On Advance Care Planning Initiative

$5,000 Granted from Herman Gundlach Fund for ACP Materials and Training


January 19, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) has partnered with Omega House to promote Advance Care Planning (ACP) by providing and distributing ACP resources for the general public and health care providers in the community. Advance Care Planning is a process of designating a health care advocate and discussing, documenting, and sharing personal choices for health and […]

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Houghton High School Alumni Association Taking Steps To Grow $100,000 Endowment

Encourages HHS Alumni to Donate One Dollar Per Year Since They Graduated


January 13, 2016

Houghton, Michigan—The Houghton High School Alumni Association (HHSAA) has embarked on a campaign to increase their endowment with the Keweenaw Community Foundation to $100,000 in the next three years. The purpose of the endowment is to create a sustainable source of income for alumni and current Houghton High School (HHS) staff to use on projects […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council completes Bedtime Story Drive benefiting local youth

Partnership with 31 Backpacks helps 183 students from Copper Country schools receive books for the holidays


December 29, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation completed its Bedtime Story Drive for local youth. YAC encouraged the community to donate new and gently used books and new pajamas for children ages 5-17. “The Bedtime Story Drive is entirely youth-driven by our enthusiastic members in YAC,” said Lindsay Sandell, co-president of […]

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“Alive Inside” Program Arriving At Area Nursing Homes

Program Aimed at Spreading the Music and Giving New Life


December 28, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—The Alive Inside program, funded through partnership with the Keweenaw Community Foundation and Portage Health Foundation, brings personalized music to residents of area nursing homes through the technology of iPods, headsets, and iTunes. Through listening to playlists, caregivers are able to provide their patients who suffer from cognitive and physical challenges such as memory […]

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Special Tax Bill Includes Extended Help for Charities

Provision Permits Tax-free Charitable Transfers from IRAs


December 21, 2015

Hancock, MI – On December 18, Congress passed the PATH Act, which renews and makes permanent the Charitable IRA provision of 2006, making it easier for Americans to give to causes they care about. This provision has the power to help local charities strengthen their communities by allowing individuals to roll over up to $100,000 […]

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Calumet High School Drama Club receives Keweenaw Community Foundation grant to fund new Skills Development Program

$3,000 awarded for Acting On It: Skills Development through Theatre program


December 16, 2015

Calumet, Michigan—The Calumet High School Drama Club is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation Youth Endowment Fund. These funds will support the Acting On It: Skills Development through Theatre program, which will provide students (grades 9-12) with opportunities for skills development and hands-on training in a variety […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council announces Bedtime Story Drive to benefit local youth

Issues Call to Community to Donate Books and Pajamas


November 25, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation is hosting a Bedtime Story Drive to benefit local youth. YAC encourages the community to donate new and gently used books and new pajamas for children ages 5-17. Donated books and pajamas will be given to children involved in the 31 Backpacks program, assuring […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation YAC announces grants to benefit local youth

$15,100 awarded to nine local organizations


November 17, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—The Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of the Keweenaw Community Foundation announced that $15,100 has been awarded from the Youth Endowment Fund to nine local organizations. These grants will support projects that benefit youth in grades 6-12 in Houghton and Keweenaw Counties. The grant recipients are: Student Leadership Committee of the Copper Country ISD to […]

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Keweenaw Community Foundation Receives National Recognition

Local Organization Accredited with Rigorous Philanthropic Standards


November 17, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—Keweenaw Community Foundation recently received accreditation with the nation’s highest standard for philanthropic excellence. National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations® establish legal, ethical, effective practices for community foundations everywhere. “Meeting the National Standards benchmarks is a rigorous, comprehensive process,” said Randy Royster, Chair of the Community Foundations National Standards Board. “This accreditation is a […]

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KCF Board of Trustees Announces Jim Vivian as New Executive Director

Comes from a Long Line of Entrepreneurs and Community Leaders


January 4, 2015

Hancock, Michigan—The Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Jim Vivian as the organization’s new Executive Director. Jim will follow Barb Rose’s eight-year legacy of leadership, growth and compassion. The Board is collectively elated about Jim’s passion, new ideas and skills he brings to the foundation. His long history of growing […]

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Community members ‘Pave the Way,’ Brick by Brick, at Ray Kestner Park

Keweenaw Community Foundation Announces Phase Two of the Fundraising Project


October 17, 2014

Houghton, MI—It is not too late to make a lasting tribute to family and friends through the brick fundraising campaign sponsored by Keweenaw Community Foundation. “Pave the Way” allows individuals and businesses to purchase engraved bricks for installation at the entrance to Ray Kestner Waterfront Park. Bricks purchased for the walkway support Keweenaw Community Foundation […]

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