Community foundation president retires


Janet DeYoung. Courtesy Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

It’s been a financially and charitably productive eight years for the retiring president of a lakeshore community foundation.

Since Janet DeYoung joined the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area as executive director in 2005, the foundation’s assets have doubled from $25 million to more than $53 million.

The Holland-based foundation also achieved compliance with the National Standards for Community Foundations and moved into a permanent space, at 85 8th St. E.

DeYoung’s official retirement date will be near the end of May, but the board of trustees will make an announcement in early April related to the next president and CEO.

The foundation works to build permanent endowments for charity projects that support the education, health, social services, environment and arts and culture of the Holland and Zeeland area.

Career in the community

DeYoung spent six years as the foundation’s executive director, before becoming president and CEO in 2012.

“The foundation’s significant growth and accomplishments would not have happened without the generosity and support of this community and the dedication of our board and staff,” DeYoung said. “They have made this work a joy. I am looking forward to slowing down and spending extra time with family members during some special passages in their lives.”

“It has been a distinct pleasure to work with Janet over the last eight years,” said Sue Den Herder, chair of the foundation’s board. “Her professionalism and dedication to our work and the community is commendable, and the organization has grown in size and scope during her tenure.”

Aside from her work at the foundation, DeYoung also spent 13 years as executive director at Good Samaritan Ministries.

She is the president of the Holland Rotary Club and serves on a number of other boards, including the Model Communities Ready for School and Destination Education.

DeYoung earned her B.A. in sociology and psychology from Hope College and her M.S.W. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

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