A letter from our President
I often reflect on how much philanthropy has evolved over the decades. It used to be that funders saw a community need and responded to it. Grant applications were reviewed and decisions were based on whether a project could—and would—simply get done.
Today, we have grantmaking priorities, access to an incredible amount of data and strong community collaborations. Equipped with these resources, we are digging deeper into complex community issues and making grants that are smarter, more sustainable and impactful than ever before. It is an exciting time to be in this field and I am honored to be part of the continued evolution of this work in West and Northern Michigan.
This year marks a significant transition in leadership at the Frey Foundation. After years of thoughtful planning and preparation, I am delighted to be working alongside our first board chair from the third generation of the Frey family, Mary Frey Bennett. Mary grew up in the communities we serve, and she knows them well. Having been raised in a philanthropic family, she has been training for this leadership role most of her life.