Caring for Our Neighbors and Our Community        

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 Northern Lower Michigan, as well as within Bay Harbor.  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.

Facts about the Bay Harbor Foundation
  • We are an independent nonprofit governed by 23 Board Members.
  • Since 2004, we have distributed over $1.8 million to 102 nonprofit organizations in the area.
  • Our Program and Grant vetting and interviewing process is extremely thorough. Once an award is made, additional follow up and evaluation is done to ensure that our donors will be satisfied with the return on their investment.
  • If you would like your donation directed to a specific organization, we can do that! Your donation will go directly to the organization of your choice.
  • We have been given a clean audit report that reflects our practices of effective nonprofit governance and management.
  • We have over 200 volunteers and 502 members. Our volunteers assist with our events and provide support that keeps event costs to a minimum.


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 $1,800,000 to 102 area charitable 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.

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