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Celebrating 16 Years of Improving the Quality of Life in the Little Traverse Bay Region

Dear Friends of the Bay Harbor Foundation

You are the reason that we have been able to change the lives of so many people in the Little Traverse Bay Region!

The past sixteen years would not have been possible without you and all of our generous and dedicated donors and volunteers who have contributed money, time and talent to help us pursue our mission.

Through your generosity, we have been able to fund 109 nonprofit organizations and 292 college scholarships. Your donations have:

Sheltered homeless mothers and children.
Because your generosity and loving kindness for our neighbors in need kept the doors open at our the area’s only homeless shelters (which receives no government funding), even the most difficult circumstances can bring unexpected hope and joy.

Helped hardworking young men and women achieve a college education.
“Helping to pay for my education is something that is truly irreplaceable. Once again I cannot thank you enough.” - Gabrielle Huhn, 2019 Scholarship Recipient

Provided hospice care to the uninsured.
Support from the Bay Harbor Foundation makes it possible for all patients to receive dignified, expert end-of-life care – regardless of their ability to pay.

Fed children compromised by hunger.
One out of four children in our region need support from the food pantries we fund.

Thank you for everything you have done to make everything that we do possible!

We look forward to working with you to help make lives better and brighter in the Little Traverse Bay Region so that together we can improve the quality of life in the Little Traverse Bay Region now, and for many years to come.

Candace Fitzsimons
Executive Director

Our Mission

We are a charitable, nonprofit community organization dedicated to helping our neighbors through donations, grants, programs and professional mentoring. We operate with the highest level of financial integrity and are trusted by both our donors and our recipient organizations.

The Mission of the Bay Harbor Foundation is always foremost in our hearts and minds as we work to improve the quality of life experience in the Little Traverse Bay Region  The Foundation continues to make a difference by strengthening our community one person at a time.  We work diligently to follow the needs of the community, and we take great care to make sure that we are meeting those needs.

 The Bay Harbor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Our federal identification number is 37-1491024.


In 2003 a group of Bay Harbor property owners, business owners and employees who wanted to make Northern Michigan a better place, came together to address their desire to channel charitable efforts through what would become the Bay Harbor Foundation.  Over the years, the Bay Harbor Foundation has provided over $2,000,000 to 105 area nonprofit organizations.

Bay Harbor Foundation First Board of Directors

 Back row, from left to right – William U. Parfet, Ruth Matthews, Linda Parker, James Ramer, David V. Johnson, Steve Schott, Jill O’Neill, Tom Gale and Robin Bucholz.
Front Row, from left to right – Chris Etienne, Lori Coates-Hay, Judy Phillips, Pam Johnson, Debbie Nachtrab, Candace Fitzsimons and Chucki Gale.

2019 Volunteer of the Year - Scot A. Morrison

Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year is someone who has always been there for the Foundation.

A member of the Board since 2005, he has been not only a tireless contributor of volunteer time, leadership expertise, but is also a major donor. He has attended nearly every event these past 14 years - even our Pro-Am Golf Tournament despite having never picked up a golf club before. He happily joined the Tournament as both a player and sponsor, and even remembered to yell “fore.”

Thank you, Scot Morrison, we are so grateful for time, loyalty and commitment.
You’re a hole-in-one in our book!


Bay Harbor Foundation Staff

Candace Fitzimons, Executive Director
Christy Schneider, Administrative Assistant


                                                                 2019 - 2020 Board of Directors
                                                                   Leonard Frescoln, Chairman
                                                                  Heather Frick, Vice Chairman
                                                                    Kathryn Wisne, Secretary
                                                                      Rod Phillips, Treasurer    


Jason Allen Michael Higgins James T. Ramer 
Sally Cannon David V. Johnson Robert Roskam
Chris Etienne Scot A. Morrison Clayton (Mac) Waldorf
Tina Frescoln Catherine Phillips Julie Wentworth
Debra Goodman Judy Phillips William Wentworth