People give through - not to - the Lakeview Area Community Fund
The mission of the Lakeview Area Community Fund is to enhance the quality of life in the Lakeview area by providing community focused grants.
In the spring of 2001, interested Lakeview citizens discussed the concept of having a community fund that would provide a future-funding base to enhance the quality of life in the Lakeview area. The group learned that this could easily be done by affiliating with the Greenville Area Community Foundation. The GACF would be responsible for administrative tasks for a small fund fee and the Lakeview group could concentrate on raising money and making the area aware of this new opportunity to give back to the community. With volunteers agreeing to become the first Advisory Committee – The Lakeview Area Community Fund (LACF) was on its way!
Since then twenty-three (23) new endowment funds have become part of the LACF family. They join the LACF Unrestricted Fund and include the Lena Rader Meijer Donor Advised Fund, The Bud Martin Family Fund (supports the LCWC), the Tamarack District Library Fund, the Spectrum Kelsey United for Health Fund and the Lakeview Youth Fund. Scholarship funds include the Rossman Family Scholarship Fund, the Wales Memorial Scholarship Fund, the James Kos Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Joe Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Clair & Alice Ellafrits Memorial Fund, the Elmer & Mary Coon Performing Arts Scholarship Fund, the Guilfoyle Family Scholarship Fund, the Abby & Todd Molitor Memorial Scholarship Fund, the Ken & Aletha Scholarship Fund, the Lakeview Community Schools Calculus Scholarship Fund, the Alfred & Leona Kranz Scholarship Fund, the Bob & Mary Charnley Scholarship Fund, the Roger Betten Family Scholarship Fund, the Darwin & Ethelda Van Houten Scholarship Fund, the Lincoln Family Adult Scholarship Fund, the Darrell Proctor Memorial Scholarship Fund, and the Trufant Area Scholarship Fund.
Members of the LACF Advisory Board include: Board Chair Keith H. Treiber DDS, Vice-Chair Ken Rader, Treasurer Richard Nielsen, Brian Brasser, Sue Brockschmidt, Kim Carr, Jake Eckholm, Kyle Hamlin, Pat Hinrichs, Linda Huckins, Jeff Kurtze, Dallas Lincoln, Bud Martin, Hope Nobel, Tim Rasmussen, and Greg Thebo.
The market value of all funds stands at about $480,000 and over $85,000 has been given back to the community to date. These funds make up the Lakeview family of funds that will benefit the Lakeview area for years to come.
For more information about giving to The Lakeview Area Community Fund or starting an endowment fund in memory or honor of a loved one contact Keith Treiber DDS in Lakeview at 989.352.7752 or email at email@example.com, or Alison Barberi, President/CEO of the Greenville Area Community Foundation at 616.754.2640 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for an LACF grant application template.
The Lakeview Education Association represented by Dan Willison presented LACF Chair Dr. Keith Treiber recently with a check to start the new LEA Scholarship for graduating Lakeview High School seniors. The first award from the new endowment is planned for the spring of 2016. There are now 17 scholarship opportunities from the LACF family of funds! Congratulations and thank you to the LEA!
LACF 13th Annual Community Dinner
This year’s event, held October 16th at Lakeview High School, was once again well attended by over 100 local business, school, community leaders and area residents interested in finding our the “goings on” in Lakeview over the past year.
One of the highlights of each year’s event is the announcement of the 2015 grants from the LACF family of funds. Grants were awarded to support the Music in the Park program, the Jaycee’s SummerFest fireworks show, the Spectrum Health United Lifestyles Project Save Our Children, to help purchase iPads for the Lakeview Youth Clinic and to the Lakeview Community Wellness Center (LCWC) for pool locker room renovations.
Bud Martin was recognized by the LCWC for his family’s support of the fitness center over the years. All donors will be recognized on the LCWC’s new wall of honor including Bud and his late wife Anne.
Another highlight of the evening is the announcement of the Quality of Life Award. This year’s recipient was Lena Meijer, who was present to accept the award from last year’s recipient Jim Wood.