Caring for Our Neighbors and Our Community        

Thank You For Being Our Partner

When you donate to the Bay Harbor Foundation, not only are you making a charitable donation, but you are investing in the future of the Little Traverse Bay Region, in the lives of those in need, and in the success of our entire community.

The return on your investment can be seen in the impact of your gifts.

  • You have fed children compromised by hunger.
  • You have sheltered the homeless and provided them with life skills courses to help them find work.
  • You have provided medicine and transportation to children with urgent medical needs.
  • You have provided scholarships to help hardworking young people earn college degrees.

Your investment in these lives pays dividends every year, as the men, women and children who your gifts have impacted build on the foundation of success you have helped them achieve.

We are honored to partner with you to make a difference, and look forward to reporting many future successes from your generous investments in the future of the Little Traverse Bay Region.


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.

Bay Harbor Foundation Staff

  • Candace Fitzimons, Executive Director
  • Christy Schneider, Administrative Assistant


2016 Volunteer of the Year - Kim Swearengen

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This year’s Volunteer of the Year is Kim Swearengen, who worked tirelessly to make sure that the Foundation put its best foot forward.

As Chair of our Yard Sale event, she worked very hard to ensure its success.  Whether she was picking up donated items, or organizing and pricing them, her mantra was always, “No problem, I can do that!”

Thank you, Kim, for your time, loyalty and commitment to the Bay Harbor Foundation.  We couldn’t have done it without you!

                                                                    2017 - 2018 Board of Directors
                                                                      Scot A. Morrison, Chairman
                                                                    Rodney Phillips, Vice Chairman
                                                                      Catherine Musto, Secretary
                                                                      Leonard Frescoln, Treasurer


     Jason Allen      Michael Higgins      Robert Roskam
     Sally Cannon      David V. Johnson      Kimberly Swearengen
     Chris Etienne      Erika Keiswetter      Clayton (Mac) Waldorf
     Tina Frescoln      Catherine Phillips      Julie Wentworth
     Heather Frick      Judy Phillips      William Wentworth
     Debra Goodman      James T. Ramer      Kathryn Wisne