Making change since 1922

Our Grand Rapids Community Foundation

For West Michigan to grow and prosper, we must ensure that everyone can apply their talents and creativity to fuel our future. By connecting across perspectives and overcoming inequities, we can build and sustain an inclusive economy and thriving community. 

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Gifts, Growth, Grants + Leadership

We Love Our Community!

As Kent County's philanthropic leader, the grants we award each year are made possible by financial gifts from donors—people who care about the greater Grand Rapids community and want to see it thrive. Our endowment relies on donor gifts and market growth for its success.

We lead by bringing people together to solve complicated community problems, realizing that for some issues there are no immediate solutions or simple answers.

By The Numbers

Community Impact

  • Our Assets: $331 million

    Our assets grew to $331 million in fiscal year 2016-2017. This is as large as we've ever been!

  • Grants and Scholarships for our Community

    In 2016-2017 we awarded grants and scholarships in excess of $13 million to nonprofits and students in West Michigan.

  • For more details about our work, you can download the 2015-2016 annual report below.

    GRCF Annual Report 2015-16

Philanthropists Among Us

The Community Foundation wraps up all the things we care about—education, health and children. It's here to enrich our community, and that’s important to us. We’ve been involved with the Community Foundation for many years and see good things happening. The people who work there and those who support it are powerhouses.

Phil and Kathy Vogelsang
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