Careers + Financial Stability

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.

Short-term Outcomes

  • 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

Recent Grants From This Area





  • Grand Rapids Urban League

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To provide trusted employment, youth development, and health education supports in communities of color.

  • Heart of West Michigan United Way

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    Kent County Coronavirus Response Fund to meet immediate needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan

    Amount Awarded: $25,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To support the distribution of funds through the La Lucha Fund.

  • La Lucha Fund

    Amount Awarded: $100,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    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

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To help Latinx owned businesses navigate the economic consequences of COVID-19.

  • Women's Resource Center

    Amount Awarded: $9,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2020

    To pursue relocation opportunities that better position the organization to address growing demand for services.

  • Start Garden

    Amount Awarded: $300,000

    Date Awarded: Jun. 2019

    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.

  • Project GREEN

    Amount Awarded: $200,000

    Date Awarded: Apr. 2019

    Advocacy, education and convening of partners in the community around fair lending and economic empowerment for low- to moderate-income households.

  • Midwest Tech Project

    Amount Awarded: $10,000

    Date Awarded: Feb. 2019

    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

    Amount Awarded: $150,000

    Date Awarded: Oct. 2018

    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

    Amount Awarded: $50,000

    Date Awarded: Aug. 2018

    Support for participation in an Inclusive Development Lab where outreach and research exercises will lead to a compelling business case for inclusion.