Cascade Community Foundation
Cascade Community Foundation

Serving Ada, Cascade and Forest Hills

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+ Raised Since 2001


Households Served


+ Granted Annually

About Us

The Cascade Community Foundation was founded in 2001 to build and strengthen Ada, Cascade and the greater Forest Hills area both now and in the future. We work through charitable partnerships with area organizations and philanthropic leaders to provide community programming and permanent fund building. We identify local needs and concerns, address community problems and help to shape long term responses and solutions.

Meet the CEO

Justin Swan CEO

In 2019, CCF hired its first full time CEO. Justin Swan (39), and his wife Kaitlyn, live in Forest Hills with their son Jonah and dog Chester Copperpot. Justin is an alum of the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Leadership Grand Rapids (2018), and was twice recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal as a 40 Under Forty Business Leader (2013, 2014) for his successful introduction of single-stream composting collection service to businesses across West Michigan. In 2017, Justin stepped away from full-time operations at his company to pursue his passion of building better fundraising practices within local nonprofits. Justin joins us following involvement at Van Andel Institute, Hope Network and Mind Meets Music.

“Our responsibility at Cascade Community Foundation is complex and deeply involved,” said Swan. “We provide the resources necessary for the local business and the philanthropic community to support nonprofits in Ada, Cascade and Forest Hills in an impactful way. Our team is doing things differently from a fundraising standpoint – replacing, old, outdated methods with new, innovative and immersive experiences that allow us to look in the long term on behalf of local donors.”

Meet the CCF Board Members

Our board includes dedicated volunteers who touch the community and live or work in the Ada, Cascade and Forest Hills area. Board members are chosen based on their ability to reach the community, each in their own unique way.  Interested in serving?  Contact Justin Swan or call 616-499-2060.

Valery Young
Vice President Real Estate & Construction, Pet Supplies Plus

Jennifer Puplava
Attorney, Mika Meyers

Steven Hale
Vice President, Commercial Banking, Independent Bank

Curt Monhart
President, E3 Prime Environments

Kimberly Livingston
Marketing Specialist, Hungerford Technologies

Martin Marino
Owner, Marino Insurance Services

Justin Knapp
Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

Jill Szyszko
Director of Executive Services, Hope Network

Kenneth James
Director of Inclusion, Grand Rapids Chamber

CCF also recognizes Honorary Board Member who exemplify outstanding dedication and commitment to the community we serve through volunteerism and philanthropic support.

  • Claude Robinson
  • Michael Julien
  • Joyce Wisner
  • Jack Lewis


Congratulations to 2019 Iron Chef Phil Coulson (Sandy Point Beach House). Chef Coulson narrowly defeated Jason Wellnitz (Kent Country Club). Thank you to each of our chefs, judges, guests and sponsors for being a part of IC19. We will be back next year for another exciting competition, an entirely new theme and a big push to raise necessary funds for Cascade Community Foundation.

Grant Making

Each year, the foundation contributes $25,000 to area nonprofits through a spring and winter grant cycle. At CCF, we believe in the nonprofits that serve Ada, Cascade and Forest Hills, and help them to fulfill their mission to create an exceptional community for all.

Below are three areas we currently recognize as community needs.

Community Benefit Fund

People and their quality of life are the heartbeat of our community.  The well-being of just one neighbor affects so many, from their own family to the broader community.  The Community Benefit Fund provides support to the essential physical and emotional needs of our neighbors to help ensure all community members feel safe and have opportunities to make healthy choices.

Area Enhancement Fund

Throughout Ada, Cascade and Forest Hills, open spaces and wooded environments are more than just scenery, they promote activity and encourage us to rest and enjoy nature.   The Area Enhancement Fund provides support to make these places hubs of activity where neighbors can gather, live and play such as parks, trails and community destinations.

Activities Fund

When neighbors connect, communities take root. The Activities Fund allow neighbors to come together and enjoy entertainment, to connect and to support the vibrant happenings found throughout our community.

To Apply For A Grant, Please Complete These Three Steps:

Step One

Before submitting your grant, please download and review the Grant Requirements PDF, which include everything you need to know about the process including valuable questions and information to help ensure your application aligns with CCF’s grant making goals.

Step Two

You’re now ready to complete your official application.  Let’s download the application document.

Step Three

Now that your grant application is complete, it’s time to gather supporting materials before submitting.

Contact Us

We would love to hear from you!