Inside the Community Foundation

We're All About Growing This Place we Call Home

For nearly 100 years, we've been making grants in Kent County, helping nonprofits prosper and students succeed. We do this with the help of generous donors and the expertise of grantees. 

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We've always been extremely proud of being part of the Grand Rapids community, and now that we're at a point in our lives where we can give back and doing it through the Community Foundation just makes sense to us.

Tom + Mickie Fox - Donor Advisors

guiding our work

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

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I want all people to do well. I worked hard to get where I am, but I did not get here alone. My environment facilitated my growth instead of diminishing it and that was possible, frankly, because someone gave money. There were breaks and people who took a chance on me, and I want those opportunities to exist for others.

Selma Tucker - Metz Legacy Society

By the Numbers

Community Impact

  • Grants and Scholarships

    In 2018-2019 we awarded grants and scholarships in excess of $13.8 million to nonprofits and students in West Michigan.

  • $10.4 Million Raised

    Gifts come in all shapes and sizes. Last year, we were entrusted with over $10.4 million from our donors.

  • Further Financial Information Available Below

    Our Recent Audit (PDF)

Project GREEN

Teaching us how to increase access to generational wealth + prosperity.

Project GREEN provides advocacy training for grassroots leaders to navigate local government systems and advocate for policies. “Project GREEN is paving this two-way street of advocacy and change as it relates to economic empowerment. One way is to help consumers learn how to handle their finances and make the best decisions for themselves and for their household. The other way is to change systems, so that the street is smooth and there are no barriers to meet their financial goals,” says Dallas Lenear, Project GREEN director. 

View other Grant Partnerships here

Committed to Our Community

Our Staff

The staff at Grand Rapids Community Foundation is comprised of professionals who are dedicated to their work and to serving the people of Kent County with respect and a high level of personalized service. 

Connect with our staff

Trustees + Committees

Each person on our 12-person Board of Trustees serves two-four year terms. The Board meets six times a year and members also serve on committees and in advisory roles.

Community volunteers serve on a variety of committees and help make decisions on scholarships awards, review grant applications, advise on our investments and assure the integrity of our audit.

Meet our Board of Trustees