Committment to Gratiot County

The Gratiot County Community Foundation, incorporated in 1992, is a vehicle for receiving charitable gifts that will remain forever in Gratiot County.

As a non-profit corporation, we are classified as a public charity under the Internal Revenue Code, making donors eligible for federal tax deductions and a State of Michigan tax credit.

Gifts to the Foundation may be in cash, real estate, securities, life insurance policies, and/or personal property and may be made during one's lifetime or through will and trusts.

Please navigate this website or call us at (989) 875-4222 to learn more.

Foundation Staff

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Chelsea Holmes Matz

Chelsea Holmes Matz joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation as Executive Director in 2021.  She is looking forward to continuing to build the Foundation's reputation of quality governance and community engagement.

Email: cholmes@gratiotfoundation.org

Patti Paradise

Patti Paradise

Patti Paradise joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation as the Administrative Assistant in 2005 and is now the Financial Clerk.

Email: pparadise@gratiotfoundation.org

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Ashtyn Maniez

Ashtyn Maniez joined the Gratiot County Community Foundation in 2019 as the Administrative Assistant, and in 2020 began working as the Program Officer.

Email: amaniez@gratiotfoundation.org

Board of Directors

Officers

President
Tim Lambrecht, Budget Challenge Director of Education

Vice President
Ali Barnes, Yeo & Yeo

Treasurer
Jim Wheeler, Greater Gratiot Development, Inc.

Secretary
Laura Bever, Sarah's Law Firm

Executive Director

Chelsea Holmes Matz

Program Officer

Ashtyn Maniez

Financial Clerk

Patti Paradise

Directors

Pam Munderloh
Fortino, Plaxton & Constanzo, PC

Traci Gavenda
Ashley Community Schools

Royce Humm
Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel

Nora Colthorp
Isabella Bank

Paula Moeggenborg
Formerly-JCPenney

John Pobanz
Raymond James

Chief Rich Ramereiz
St. Louis Police Department

Mike Miller
Commercial Bank

Renee Sopel
Retired-Ithaca Public Schools

Dr. Mike Stack
Family Medical Care-Ithaca

Audra Stahl
Child Advocacy

Erin Steward
Michigan Health & Hospital Association

Dr. Sara Wassenaar
Alma Heritage Dental

Strategic Planning

The Gratiot County Community Foundation is excited about the growth within our organization since its establishment in 1992.  Our board and staff are committed to maintaining the support we provide in the community and we believe the strategic planning process will allow us to make the changes necessary to do so.