We look to fund organizations that support workforce development to increase career advancement opportunities and a sustainable living wage for low-wage workers. Consideration is also given to organization that improve financial stability for families by improving access to existing community resources.
- Low- skilled, low - to - moderate income residents advance to higher skill jobs paying living wage
- People receive public benefits for which they qualify
- Residents gain entrepreneurial skills
- The number and diversity of locally owned businesses grow
Grand Rapids Urban League
To provide trusted employment, youth development, and health education supports in communities of color.
Heart of West Michigan United Way
Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund to meet immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
To support the distribution of funds through the La Lucha Fund.
La Lucha Fund
To provide direct financial support to people who are undocumented or mixed status families in Kent County in partnership with Movimiento Cosecha, Grand Rapids Area Mutual Aid Network and LatinxGR.
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation
To help Latinx owned businesses navigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.
Women's Resource Center
To pursue relocation opportunities that better position the organization to address growing demand for services.
Supporting Start Garden 100 to ensure that we are creating entrepreneurship opportunities in Grand Rapids, with a specific focus on people of color and women entrepreneurs.
Advocacy, education and convening of partners in the community around fair lending and economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income households.
Midwest Tech Project
Addressing equity in the technology industry by engaging millennials, women, parents, students and community organizations to assist in the development of an effective tech-talent pipeline in West Michigan.
Grand Rapids Nehemiah Project
Supporting the “Ignite: The Movement” capital campaign to purchase and renovate 1530 Madison Ave to create a permanent, sustainable, and multi-use space created through an economic and racial equity lens.
The Right Place Foundation
Support for participation in an Inclusive Development Lab where outreach and research exercises will lead to a compelling business case for inclusion.