Joanne Golden Family Community Impact Fund
Joanne Golden came to Mt. Pleasant from the Upper Peninsula to attend Central Michigan University in 1976. She grew to love the area and decided to make it home, establishing a career in property management with KMG Prestige while raising two children, Matthew and Rebecca.
Joanne had been inspired to value philanthropy and community-mindedness by her father, a former school board chairman who sat on a variety of other committees in Wallace, Michigan. She knew that she wanted to leave a mark on her community as well. “I thought it would be nice to give back to the community that has given me so much,” Joanne said.
She joined committees for several organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the Lions Club. Joanne also became involved with the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, serving on the Board of Trustees for the maximum nine consecutive years. She continues her service to the Community Foundation on the Grant Review and Facilities Committees.
In 2015, Joanne created the Joanne Golden Family Community Impact Fund, an unrestricted fund that would allow grants to be made for a variety of Isabella County needs. Serving on the Grant Review Committee has allowed her to see the great difference community impact funds have on the area, as they provide funding solutions that other more specific funds cannot support. Ultimately, she is grateful for the opportunity to establish the endowment fund. “It’s a vehicle for me to do something good for Mt. Pleasant,” she said.