Fremont Area Community Foundation

Mission

The Fremont Area Community Foundation is a local nonprofit organization serving the residents of Newaygo County. We connect the needs of the community with those who have the conviction to make a lasting impact. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for the people of Newaygo County. We fulfill this through five primary means:

Leadership: identifying and addressing community needs

Donors: helping people accomplish their charitable giving goals

Endowment: building permanent community capital

Grantmaking: supporting nonprofit organizations serving our community

Philanthropy: encouraging the spirit of giving and volunteering

Ruling year info

1957

President and CEO

Ms. Carla A. Roberts

Main address

4424 W 48TH ST

Fremont, MI 49412 USA

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Formerly known as

The Fremont Area Foundation

Fremont Foundation Inc

EIN

38-1443367

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (S12)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Improve the quality of life in Newaygo County. Evidenced by a vibrant economy, effective public sector, and well-being across socio economic levels.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grants

Within our broad purpose, the Foundation focuses its grant support on arts and culture, community development, education, the environment, and community health. We closely monitor community issues, opportunities, and resources in these areas and work with the community, nonprofit groups, and individuals addressing them. We are guided in our grantmaking by the principals listed below.

Our grantmaking principals:

Build on prior investments

Respond to community and identify priorities

Focus resources and increase impact

Remain consistent with our mission, values, and capacities

While the Foundation remains flexible in trying to address the needs of the community, we do not consider funding for projects that have previously been denied, grants to individuals, programs that advocate specific religions, or services which are government or school obligations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The education initiative intention is to increase college and career access for residents of Newaygo County. The goal is to increase the proportion of Newaygo County residents with high-quality college degrees, certificates, or other credentials to 60 percent* by 2025. To achieve this goal, the Community Foundation will focus grantmaking to support Newaygo County nonprofit agencies ingrained in this work. The following grantmaking guidelines reflect the education initiative framework and support the realization of this goal. The Community Foundation is most interested in programs that seek to align with the five education indicators highlighted on the Newaygo County Area Dashboard at ncdashboard.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The community and economic development goal is to reduce the unemployment rate below the national average in the next 10 years while preserving our rural character. To achieve this goal, the Community Foundation will focus grantmaking to support Newaygo County nonprofit agencies ingrained in this work. The following grantmaking guidelines reflect the community and economic development framework and support the realization of this goal. The Community Foundation is most interested in programs that seek to align with the four community and economic development indicators highlighted on the Newaygo County Area Dashboard at ncdashboard.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The poverty to prosperity focus and intention is to move people upward and out of poverty. The goal is to reduce the poverty rate in Newaygo County below the national average over the next 10 or more years. To achieve this goal, the Community Foundation will focus grantmaking to support Newaygo County nonprofit agencies ingrained in this work. The following grantmaking guidelines reflect the poverty to prosperity framework and support the realization of this goal. The Community Foundation is most interested in programs that seek to align with the four poverty to prosperity indicators highlighted on the Newaygo County Area Dashboard at ncdashboard.org.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Council on Foundations Accredited

Council on Foundations National Standards 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of students who exhibit kindergarten readiness

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

At the start of the 2016-2017 school year, 8 Newaygo County teachers administered the new Kindergarten Readiness Assessment to 36% (192 of 532) children, determining the readiness of each kindergarten

3rd grade reading

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Recent research finds that students with low reading levels in 3rd grade have a higher likelihood of not graduating from high school and living in poverty.

High School graduation

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Education Initiative

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

A high school diploma is the first step for success in life. Increasingly, employers, including those in manufacturing, are looking for candidates with at least a high school diploma.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Community Foundation has identified three decade goals that guide these efforts.
• 60% post-secondary education attainment
• Poverty at or below national levels, fewer in ALICE population
• Unemployment below nation's average. Median income increased.

The strategies to accomplish the Community Foundation's decade goals are illuminated in our Theory of Change. It acknowledges that to be effective we require the collaborative efforts of our various partners. Fremont Area Community Foundation role will vary from being a catalyst, as evidenced in the convening of a workforce development task force that is creating an employee resource network with local business. The Community Foundation may also serve as the funder which is reflected in the recent development of children savings account program, or it may require the Community Foundation to monitor progress.

Fremont Area Community Foundation acknowledges to accomplish these decade goals requires the collective work of many. Paramount is ensuring that the public sector is thriving. Initiatives and grants provide resources to develop or attain necessary assets.

Anecdotally we have seen progress toward the decade goals through new collaborations and strategies aimed at the three focus areas. Additional resources have been invested around the identification and development of tools to measure progress. These tools where introduced publicly in January 2018.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Fremont Area Community Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Joseph Roberson

Nestle Business Services North America

Term: 2019 - 2022


Board co-chair

Dr. Lori Tubbergen Clark

Newaygo County RESA

Term: 2018 - 2021

William Alsover

Micheal Anderson

GEO Group

Lola Harmon-Ramsey

Cart-Right, LLC

Carolyn Hummel

William Leaver

Kent Karnemaat

Karenmaat Farms

Lori Tubbergen-Clark

NCRESA

Mary Rangel

District Health Dept. 10

Joseph Roberson

Nestle Holdings, Inc.

Tom Williams

Tom Williams Builder

Peggy Rossler

Cathy Kissinger

Edward Jones Investment

Charles Chandler

Randy McDonald

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.