Laura Heintzelman
President & CEO
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MCCF COVID-19 Community Response

The health and safety of our employees, donors, grantees, visitors and the community, are a top priority.

Please keep reading to learn some of the ways that the Manistee County Community Foundation is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our community. Together, we will make it through this difficult, but temporary, time.

Community Response Fund

The Community Response Fund was activated to provide support to area nonprofit organizations, schools, and governments on the front lines serving those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Established through a cooperative effort between the Manistee County Community Foundation, United Way of Manistee County, and the Manistee County Human Services Collaborative Body, the newly established Community Response Fund provides a collective vehicle for charitable giving and supports collaborative grantmaking and programming in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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For our Donors

Like you, the Manistee County Community Foundation is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic. As the crisis rapidly evolves, we continue to learn new information about the effect of the virus on communities across Manistee County. In response, we are working as quickly as possible to ensure the health and safety of our community by determining how we, as a local philanthropic leader, can help most effectively. We know government will address some community needs but we are monitoring for ways that philanthropy can fill in the gaps.

As a donor who cares about Manistee County residents, you can support urgent, human service needs by contributing to the Community Response Fund. Help make a difference where it is needed most.

By working together, we can ensure the health and safety of our community as effectively as possible. We are thankful for your generosity and send our best wishes for your safety and health. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions about community needs or how you can help.

For our Grantees and Nonprofit Partners

We know you are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and we want to assure you that we are too. As the situation rapidly evolves, we understand that COVID-19 has impacted the needs of your organization and the populations you serve.

Here are a few key responses that MCCF is prepared to take to support you during this challenging time:

  • If you have an open grant from MCCF, and have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We are standing by, ready to be as flexible as possible.
  • We are happy to extend grant deadlines if needed.
  • We are available to discuss changes to grant budgets if needed.
  • We are planning to pay all grants as scheduled. 


We encourage you to consult our growing list of Nonprofit COVID-19 Resources to help you respond and adapt to evolving needs and circumstances. In addition, if you are working to address critical needs in response to COVID-19 we invite you to apply for assistance from the Community Response Fund.


Thank you for your service. Your work is vital to our community, especially at a time like this. Please do not hesitate to contact us.

For our Community

Stay tuned to learn more about our community’s response to COVID-19, including local programs and services, ways that you and others can help, and ideas about how to stay healthy and active during this challenging, but temporary time. A new community website is being developed and will be available very soon!