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50 Years of Purpose - a Timeline
Transcript of 50 Years of Purpose - a Timeline
was created by Stephen H. Clink and other community leaders 1973 The Foundation's first scholarship fund is created with a $639,000 bequest in the name of Charles and Jessie Goodnow 1976 The Foundation purchases the block of Western Ave. between
Third and Fourth streets, securing the future of what would
become the Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts 1977 The Muskegon Family YMCA opens with the help of a $310,000 grant from the Foundation
becomes the first affiliate of the Foundation, as well as the first affiliate foundation in Michigan. 1989 The Youth Advisory Council is established with a
$300,000 endowment, formed by a community
contribution of $200,000 to meet a $100,000
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Challenge Grant. Over time, the YAC has recieved over $1 million in grant dollars from the Council of Michigan Foundations and W.K. Kellogg Challenge. 1991 The Foundation celebrates 30 years,
with assets of $20,914,983 and
grants of $824,650
1992 Once an abandoned brownfield,
Heritage Landing becomes a
beautiful park-like setting with
the help of the Paul C. Johnson
Foundation, creating the
main stage and a playground 1996 The
becomes the second affiliate of the Foundation After 19 years, Foundation president Patricia B. Johnson retires. During her tenure, assets rose from $4.8 million to $87.4 million.
Chris A. McGuigan is her successor. The Foundation collaborates with the Muskegon Chamber of Commerce, the Paul C. Johnson Foundation, and the City of Muskegon to form the Downtown Muskegon Development Corporation to purchase the former Muskegon Mall site and begin the process of revitalizing downtown Muskegon 2008 Muskegon, Together Rising,
a 38-foot stainless steel sculpture
by artist Richard Hunt, is dedicated
at the corner of Third and Western 2009 1999 2002 Manistee County
becomes the third affiliate
of the Foundation The Foundation receives an anonymous
$4 million dollar donation 2011 The Foundation celebrates 50 years of purpose The Future... depends on you! What is your vision for Muskegon? 1982 An innovative program, "LEAD '98," is implemented. The Foundation adopts a fifth grade class from Nelson School with the promise of scholarships upon their high school graduation. The Muskegon Museum of Art and the United Way of the Lakeshore open the Foundation's first endowment funds for other nonprofits. 1998 67% of Lead '98 students graduate (compared to 45% of the comparison class). Of those students, 24 enrolled in post high school education, as compared to three from the comparison class.