September 9, 2019

ACCF Legacy Endowment Challenge logo

Often times, someone’s first response to hearing what we do, leads them to state how fun it must be to ‘give away money’. Fun, maybe. Humbling, an honor, a challenge – absolutely. The challenge is to determine which organizations receive grants – do you strive for quantity or impact? The next challenge requires strategic consideration when more than $400,000 has been requested, but only $200,000 is available to award. In most cases, the needs haven’t increased, but the cost of providing for those needs has.

The solution is simple. Grow the ACCF Legacy Endowment. The endowment generates the grant dollars that are awarded annually (nearly $8,000,000 since the Foundation was established in 1965). Increasing the endowment increases the grant dollars available to award and in turn, supports the programs so important in our county: hospice care, shelter for domestic violence victims, exposure to the arts, food for the hungry, unique offerings for the mentally or physically challenged, environmental stewardship, education, economic
development and much more.
Because we at the ACCF believe the value of the non-profit sector is unparalleled, the ACCF Board, CEO, staff and committee members have cumulatively pledged $70 for every gift of $50 or more made to the ACCF Legacy Endowment by August 31, 2019. That speaks volumes. We believe so much in the work we do that we are asking for your gift and making our own. Please join us as we pave the way for increased support for the organizations that change lives here in Allegan County.
You can send a check made out to:
PO Box 278, Allegan, MI 49010
Please note “Legacy Challenge” in the memo line.
or visit and click on the Legacy Challenge logo to donate on line.
Please note “Legacy Challenge” in the special instructions.
If you have any questions about the Legacy Challenge please call us at 269.673.8344.
Thank you for helping us respond to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

January 17, 2020

The Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (a program of the Allegan County Community Foundation) is excited to kick off our annual Peanut Butter Drive on National Peanut Butter Day – January 24th!

The drive runs from January 24 to February 29, 2020. Our goal this year – 6,000 jars! 6,000 jars will provide the pantries of the Collaborative with enough peanut butter to distribute for one month. Peanut butter is high in fat and calories (with around 190 calories and 16 grams of fat per 2 tablespoons). The great news is you get a lot of nutrition for your 190-calorie investment. Peanut butter remains one of the top 3 items requested by our food pantry members.

Peanut butter jars will be distributed to 16 of our member pantries county-wide: Allegan United Methodist Church, Christ Community Church, Allegan County Food Pantry, Hamilton Christian Reformed Church, Diamond Springs Wesleyan Church, Hungry for Christ, Christian Neighbors Plainwell, St. Margaret – St. Vincent DePaul, Martin United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Douglas, Ladders of Hope, Love, Inc. Pullman, Hopkins United Methodist Church, Christian Neighbors Wayland, Project Hope and Epiphany Lutheran Church.

 Where can you drop off jars of peanut butter during the  peanut butter drive?

ALLEGAN: Allegan County Community Foundation, Allegan Twp. Hall, Hartman-Ellis Insurance Agency, Rivertown Gym, Schaendorf Brewing, Allegan Credit Union, Allegan City Hall.  BLOOMINGDALE/GOBLES: The Linking Center – Pullman, Allegan Credit Union – Gobles. DORR: Leighton Twp. Library, United Bank.  FENNVILLE: Fennville Area Fire Department, Allegan Credit Union.  HAMILTON: Salem Twp. Hall, Salem Twp. Library, Hamilton Food Center.  HOPKINS: Hopkins District Library, United Bank.  MARTIN: Martin Village, Martin Twp. Hall.  OTSEGO/PLAINWELL: Repz Gym, Plainwell City Hall, Otsego City Hall, Otsego Health & Fitness, Gun Plain Twp. Hall.  SAUGATUCK/DOUGLAS: Saugatuck Twp. Hall, Blue Star Gym, Saugatuck Douglas District Library.  WAYLAND: United Bank, United Bank Gun Lake, Wayland Twp. Hall, City of Wayland. Other locations will be added, so please check our Facebook page, website ( or e-newsletter.

Can’t shop? That’s ok, you can donate to the ACFPC and we will buy jars of peanut butter for you. Visit, click donate and look for the ACFPC logo.

We need your help with getting the word out on this very important drive which will help so many families in Allegan County. #ACFPC #peanutbutterdrive Thank you,

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