May 7, 2014 – Bad Axe, MI -- The growing collaboration among three community foundations in Michigan’s Thumb Region took a leap forward with the recent hiring of Mackenzie Price as the new full-time director of the Huron County Community Foundation (HCCF).
Mackenzie is a recent graduate of Hillsdale College and has been actively involved in the field of community foundations since 2008 when she joined the Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project. Her past experience also includes serving as the Mawby Intern at the Council of Michigan Foundations in 2013 and the Youth Advisory Council with the Hillsdale County Community Foundation.
For the last several months the Community Foundation of St. Clair County has been assisting the HCCF with new strategic planning and a search for a new director. The three foundations have been focusing more on regional collaboration for the last two years, with an initial focus on tourism.
As a result of this growing synergy, the foundations established a plan and the funding for a two-year pilot program that will see Ms. Price serve dual roles: first as the director of the HCCF for approximately 25 hours per week, and then also on a regional basis with the community foundations in Sanilac and St. Clair Counties for another 15 hours per week. A significant donation from Mr. & Mrs. Clinton F. Stimpson helped complete the funding for the pilot program.
The new philosophy of regional collaboration among the three community foundations took a dramatic turn yesterday as the Sanilac County Community Foundation helped their community raise more than $125,000 in the “GiveWhereYouLive2014” event that was spearheaded by the Community Foundation of St. Clair County.
“This is an exciting time for philanthropy and community development in Michigan’s Thumb,” said Randy Maiers, president of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County. “We have so many opportunities to grow prosperity in the Thumb and we are so excited to have Mackenzie join our efforts as the new director in Huron County.”
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