New Leadership at the Midland Area Community Foundation Board of Trustees

Craig McDonald is the new Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Midland Area Community Foundation.  The slate of officers, as nominated by the Nominating Committee, was approved by the board of trustees on May 24, 2011.


Mr. McDonald is the Director of the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio, located in Midland, Michigan.  Mr. McDonald is also the Foundation Representative for the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundations, a family foundation that focuses its giving on operational grants to Health and Human Services agencies as well as Educational and Arts-related organizations.  He has worked for the Alden and Vada Dow Family for the past 28 years.

Mr. McDonald is on the operating board of the Matrix Midland Festival and Northwood University’s Alden B. Dow Center for Creativity and Enterprise.  He was just recently completed two terms of service as a Board Member for the Michigan Humanities Council.  He has served at the President of the board of Family and Children’s Service of Midland, and is a past board member of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network, Leadership Midland Alumni Association and the Voluntary Action Center of Midland County.  Mr. McDonald is currently serving his first term on the Midland Area Community Foundation where he has chaired the Operational Grants Committee, Nominations Committee and the Tridge Renovation Project.

Mr. McDonald began volunteering for community projects in high school and continues to give of his time today.  He was a team leader for the Midland Blooms program for five years as well as a team captain for the Fun Zone Playground construction project.  He also has given of his time to the Northwood University FAD (Fun Auction Day) Auction Committee, which raises money for student scholarships.  He is involved with the youth mentoring program at the Midland County Juvenile Care Center.

Mr. McDonald is a native Michigander and is a 1990 graduate of Western Michigan University.  Mr. McDonald enjoys a wide variety of interests including: competitive swimming, water polo, cycling, tennis, traveling and sailing.

“It is such an honor to have Craig serving as our Board Chair,” said Jan McGuire, President and CEO of the Foundation.  “His involvement in and commitment to Midland is more than evident in his extensive activities here. We feel that the Foundation will greatly benefit from his expertise in board governance and that the community is very lucky to be represented by such an accomplished community advocate.”

The Midland Area Community Foundation is governed by a 15-member Board of Trustees. This board is elected by the members of the Foundation, and is chosen from among the membership. The members of the Board of Trustees are chosen for their broad community knowledge and representation. They receive no compensation for their service.

Board members are elected for three-year terms, and can serve for as many as two consecutive three-year terms.