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
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.