Lucy Barnett’s Legacy
Lucy Barnett was born in 1878. Her father, a banker and investment advisor, provided a life of privilege for Lucy and her siblings. Lucy spent most of her life in southern California and Grand Rapids, living to be 89 years old – unusual longevity for her time. Perhaps it was this transition into older adulthood that inspired her to leave her legacy to Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Through her estate, she created the Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly. Lucy’s original gift of $1.8 million has grown to more than $4.5 million and has provided more than $3.5 million in Encore grants.