Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by holding and attracting permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Coyne Family Fund

Family and community have always been priorities for the Coyne family. Coyne Oil Corporation was founded in Mt. Pleasant in 1930. Now in its 3rd generation of family operation, brothers Dave and Mark Coyne operate the business. Their sister Dana lives in the Detroit area and is a retired school counselor. Melva (Dave, Mark, and Dana’s mother) served as a Trustee for the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation from 1998-2000.

The Coyne family is very involved with Zion Lutheran Church where Dave is currently the Director of Trustees and his wife Linda is the Director of Evangelism. Dave is the current Chairman of the Michigan Petroleum Association Dave and is a member of the Lion’s Club. Linda is a past advisor and board member of Phi Sigma Sigma, a social sorority on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU). She is also a current member of the Tourist Club.

Dave and Linda met in Mt. Pleasant while they were both attending CMU. Dave and Linda’s children were raised in the Mt. Pleasant community. Dan is currently working for the U.S. Government in South Korea. Michael is working at Ernst & Young in Chicago. Kelsey is a graduate of CMU and recently married Eric Quakenbush. She is now the 4th generation to work with the family business.

Dave and Linda hope that the Coyne Family Fund will make a difference in the community. Linda shared, "We like that we can make recommendations regarding the grants awarded from our fund, and if we don't have anything specific in mind, we can turn to our friends at the Community Foundation to point us to where the greatest need is at that point in time, while allowing us to stay involved. We have a strong connection to this community and want to be helpful."