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Jan Burns

Events and Development Associate


616.454.1751 x109

Joined the Community Foundation:

Inspirational Quote:

What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside you.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

What Jan does:

Jan holds primary responsibility for all aspects of event planning.  She designs and implements fundraising plans to secure sponsorship and underwriting support. Jan also assists with the identification, tracking and cultivation of new donor prospects and volunteers.

What she did before:

Prior to working at the Community Foundation, Jan was Human Resources Associate at Mary Free Bed. Jan is a board member of West Grand Neighborhood Organization. She is also a Certified Tourist Ambassador for Grand Rapids and a member of the Professional Event Planners of Grand Rapids.

When Jan’s not working:

She volunteers at various local nonprofit events, spends time with childhood friends, hangs out with her young adult children and fosters dogs for Lake Haven Pet Rescue.

A few of Jan's favorite things…

Equest Center for Therapeutic Riding
Place to send out-of-towners:
Downtown Market Grand Rapids
Place to eat or drink:
Part of her job:
Spending time with her coworkers