Ed and Nancy Hanenburg
Born in Lamont, a graduate of Coopersville High School and Grand Rapids Junior College, Edward J. Hanenburg could be called a “citizen-farmer-businessman” to reflect his many roles in community, commerce and his roots in Coopersville. Along with multiple successful business ventures, Ed is active with the Strategic Planning effort for Coopersville Area Public Schools and Coopersville’s Downtown Development Association. Ed was a founding member of the Coopersville Area Foundation and served as president for ten years. Ed has also served on numerous boards in Ottawa County. Born in Grand Rapids, Nancy attended Grand Rapids Christian High School, Calvin College and graduated from the University of Michigan. Nancy has provided volunteer leadership and service to numerous organizations including serving as president of the board of the Tri-Cities United Way and the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. She was honored in Grand Haven for her contributions by being named “Women of the Year.” In 1991, Nancy turned her volunteer efforts into a full-time job when she was appointed the executive director of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. Nancy held that role until her retirement in 2003. During her 12 year tenure she oversaw the growth in the Foundation’s fund from $400,000 to nearly $40 million.
It is fitting that Ed and Nancy initiated a significant scholarship together as they met while working on an excellence in education program for Coopersville Area Public Schools. Ed and Nancy were married in 2001. The Hanenburg family includes Ed’s three children and Nancy’s two children. Ed and Nancy have worked toward the greater good in their communities for decades, and continue to be instrumental in providing leadership to help others through their investment of time and treasure.