Within Kent County and just at our borders, are several communities that have their own foundations, but are still part of Grand Rapids Community Foundation. They have their own boards and committees and make their own grants--we serve as their fiscal sponsor and help them with some aspects of their business. We're all in community philanthropy together.
Regional affiliate funds were established at Grand Rapids Community Foundation to benefit specific areas in and around Kent County. These funds bring together the best thinking of local leadership to meet community needs and opportunities in the most strategic and efficient way possible.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation manages the assets, while local leaders review grant proposals and recommend funding for their community's nonprofit organizations. This keeps administrative costs low and helps community affiliates focus time on asset building and meeting area needs.