Friends of Downtown Ludington

YOUR DONATION WILL

  • Fund events and programs
  • Support a vibrant community

YOU WILL

  • Receive community updates and info
  • Be recognized on our website

YOU CAN 

  • Volunteer at events 
  • Help spread the word

OUR MISSION

The Downtown Ludington Board is a non-profit organization that aims to enhance, grow, and support businesses within the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) district through marketing, events, education and collaboration.


OUR VISION

The Downtown Ludington Board has been around since 1984. We harness the social, economic, natural, and cultural assets that set Ludington apart to create tangible outcomes that benefit the entire community and create a better quality of life for all.  Ultimately, we strive to create a place where people love to live, work, and play; a place that values its history, but looks forward, ready for the future.

By supporting the organization’s activities and efforts, you support the economic vitality of Downtown Ludington.


OUR GOALS

  • Create an atmosphere where entrepreneurs can thrive and where the community wants to be to shop, dine and explore.
  • Organize Covid-safe events that draw people to our downtown district to increase business sales and awareness.
  • Make our downtown area more walkable and pedestrian safe.
  • Highlight our diverse businesses and tell their stories.
  • Develop a local façade program.
  • Continue to implement our streetscape plan, including adding more street-side planters, replacing trees, and maintaining benches, bike racks, and refuse containers.
  • Celebrate the volunteers that donate their time towards our efforts.

PRESERVING LUDINGTON’S STORY

Each level of our Friends campaign is named for a part of Ludington’s history. The Native Americans (Ottawa tribe) resided here in West Michigan long before European settlers arrived. Next came Ludington’s founders, the lumber barons. The lumber industry led to the maritime development. These three chapters create Ludington’s legacy.

Our downtown is the heart and soul of our community and keeping it growing and thriving is vital to our city. Not everyone can own a business or property downtown, but everyone can contribute to the ongoing support and success of downtown through our Friends of Downtown Campaign. Every donation of any size helps to fund efforts that make for a thriving downtown. 

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP LEVELS

$5,000+ \\ Ogema (Chief in Ojibwe) – Designed for (but not limited to) businesses

  1. Video feature “Thank You” on social media
  2. Static logo preceding “thank you” ticker on all website pages 
  3. Logo and link on bottom of email newsletters.
  4. Logo at the bottom of all downtown promotion posters.
  5. Thank you in audio played during our weekly Facebook Live show and podcast.
  6. Logo on back of Downtown Ludington gift certificates
  7. Name on “Friends” list page

$2,500-$4,999 \\ Captain Designed for (but not limited to) businesses

  1. Photo feature “Thank You” on social media
  2. Logo and link in rotation on “thank you” ticker on all website pages
  3. Name and link on bottom of email newsletters.
  4. Logo at the bottom of all downtown promotion posters.
  5. Thank you in audio played during our weekly Facebook Live show and podcast.
  6. Name listed in bold on back of Downtown Ludington gift certificates
  7. Name on “Friends” list page

$1,000-$2,499 \\ First Mate Designed for (but not limited to) businesses

  1. Logo and link in rotation on “thank you” ticker on all website pages
  2. Name and link on bottom of email newsletters.
  3. Business name at the bottom of all downtown promotion posters.
  4. Thank you in audio played during our weekly Facebook Live show and podcast.
  5. Name listed on back of Downtown Ludington gift certificates
  6. Name on “Friends” list page and shout out on social media

$250-$999 \\ Baron Designed for (but not limited to) businesses

  1. Name on “Friends” list page and shout out on social media
  2. Name and link on bottom of email newsletters
  3. Business name at the bottom of all downtown promotion posters.

$100 \\ Beshwaji (Close friend in Ojibwe) –  Designed for organizations 

  1. Organization name on “Friends” list page and shout out on social media

$50 \\ FriendDesigned for individual or family

  1. Name on “Friends” list page  and shout out on social media

\\ Ogema (Chief in Ojibwe)

  • Consumer’s Energy
  • House of Flavors, Inc.
  • Oxy Chem
  • Ludington Area CVB

\\ Captains

  • West Shore Bank
  • Ludington Beverage Co.

\\ First Mates

  • Snyder’s Shoes
  • Five Star Real Estate
  • Ludington Bay

\\ Barons

  • Art by Mary Case
  • Ludington Yacht Sales
  • Luciano Ristoranti
  • Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Nader’s Motel
  • Todd & Brad Reed Photography

\\ Beshwaji (Close friend in Ojibwe) & FRIENDS

  • Chrissie Hall

Click the button below, or contact Jen Tooman at jen@downtownludington.org or 231-845-6237 to learn more or to become a Friend of Downtown Ludington.