CFUnited 2020 : Keynote Speakers

Mike Goorhouse, Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland

Panelist: ANCHORING THE POWER OF PLACE; Monday, 12:30 pm

Mike Goorhouse joined the Community Foundation as Vice President of Donor Development in January 2012 and became President/CEO in April 2014. He works closely with the Board of Trustees and leads the staff to steward the organization’s resources to best meet our mission. He oversees the Foundation’s community impact strategies, endowment investment policies and internal operations.

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Mike spends a majority of his time working with individuals, families, corporations and their professional advisors who are interested in supporting existing funds or starting a new fund at the foundation.

Mike’s involvement with the Foundation goes back 13 years. He was a member of the Youth Advisory Council, Development Committee and 60th Anniversary Task Force. He has spent his entire career in philanthropy including working with Private Foundations, Community Foundations and Youth Grantmakers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Mike graduated from Holland Christian High School in 2004, Calvin College with a degree in Secondary Education in 2008 and Grand Valley State University’s Graduate School for Public and Nonprofit Administration in 2011. Mike is also a Certified Gift Planning Associate and a Certified Fund Raising Manager.

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Neel Harja, CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Panelist: ANCHORING THE POWER OF PLACE; Monday, 12:30 pm

Neel joined the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) in 2010 and became CEO in 2015.  During his CEO tenure AAACF has received a national HUD award for public-private partnerships, a local NAACP award for its scholarship work, and was identified as one of the 20 fastest-growing community foundations nationally from 2015 – 2017.

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Previously he was CEO of Nonprofit Enterprise at Work and a corporate attorney at Ford Motor Company. Since 2008 Neel has taught a graduate course at the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy and been named to its Teaching Honor Roll every year. He has also received two national nonprofit leadership awards: the Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders and the American Express NGen Fellowship. Neel holds a BS with honors in Physics and a JD, both from the University of Michigan. When he isn’t practicing philanthropy, Neel and his wife are practicing humility as the parents of three wonderful teenagers.

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Isaiah Oliver, Community Foudnation of Greater Flint

Panelist: ANCHORING THE POWER OF PLACE; Monday, 12:30 pm

Isaiah M. Oliver is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint, a charitable organization focused on engaging people in philanthropy to build a stronger community. He leads the Foundation’s strategic priorities around improving literacy rates, increasing access to healthy food, strengthening resident-led neighborhood improvements, and providing critical resources to the children affected by the Flint Water Crisis. He previously served as the Foundation’s Vice President of Community Impact.

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Born and raised in Flint, Isaiah supports a unique philanthropic perspective that focuses on relationships and people, advocating for an inclusive approach to philanthropy that listens to and works with the people of the community in order to develop a true partnership.

Isaiah’s background includes serving five years on the Flint Community Schools Board of Education, including two as board President and four years on the Hurley Medical Center Board of Managers as chair of the board’s Finance and Facilities Committee.

Isaiah is a graduate of Flint Northwestern High School and earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts from Central Michigan University. He is a member of the Gamma Delta Boule’ of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Rotary Club of Flint, past president of the Flint Alumni Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and an active member of numerous other community organizations.

Isaiah serves on Council of Michigan Foundation’s Community Foundation and Government Relations Committees, an advisor to the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy and on the CFLeads national board of directors.

He and his wife, Shay, established the Isaiah and Shay Oliver Fund to support operations of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint.

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Mackenzie Price Sunblad, CFRE, Huron County Community Foundation

Panelist: ANCHORING THE POWER OF PLACE; Monday, 12:30 pm

Mackenzie Price Sundblad joined the Huron County Community Foundation as Executive Director of the foundation in May of 2014.  In this role she has led HCCF through the development and implementation of new Strategic Priorities and works closely with the Board of Trustees and Donors to continue to improve the quality of life in Huron County.

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Mackenzie has been involved in community foundations since 2004, when she joined the Hillsdale County Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council.  She also had the opportunity to see community foundations in action across the state of Michigan while interning with Council of Michigan Foundations.

Growing up in rural Hillsdale County, Michigan and then moving to Huron County, Mackenzie has spent her career in philanthropy striving to elevate the importance of rural philanthropy. She was raised in the small town of Waldron and later attended Hillsdale College, graduating with a Communications degree. Mackenzie became a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) in 2019. Mackenzie is proud to represent Huron County and all rural Michiganders on multiple regional and statewide initiatives.

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Stay tuned as CFUnited 2020 announces additional speakers for the 2020 conference.

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