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Laurie Craft

Vice President, Community Investment

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Joined the Community Foundation:

Inspirational Quote:

The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable.

John F. Kennedy

What Laurie does:

Laurie is responsible for many of the Community Foundation’s community leadership activities, including housing, economic development, education and program related investing. She serves on the senior leadership team and works with nonprofit organizations and various community initiatives, and assesses the impact of our funding in the community.

What she did before:

Laurie has been active in philanthropy at the national level, serving on a number of committees for the Council on Foundations, including the Professional and Organizational Development Action Team, the Fall Conference Planning Committee, and co-chair for the ProNet Steering Committee. Laurie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Miami University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration/Nonprofit Management from Grand Valley State University.

When Laurie’s not working:

She enjoys the culture and diversity of living downtown. She loves sunsets, riding her bike, and traveling, especially to see her children and new granddaughter.

A few of Laurie's favorite things…

Grand Rapids Community Foundation!
Place to send out-of-towners:
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
Place to eat or drink:
Bistro Bella Vita
Part of her job:
Building relationships with the community to make change

Laurie's Recent Posts

New Ideas for a New Year!

Last month, the Community Foundation hosted a Knotty Cocktails event on the housing affordability challenges facing Grand Rapids and many other communities across the country (you can view the 45 minute panel discussion here). The event featured a presentation by Gustavo [...]

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