Our Black Legacy Fund

Continuing our legacy

Our Black Legacy Fund, led by community volunteers, builds on the legacy of giving in Black communities in greater Grand Rapids. This endowed Field of Interest fund has traditionally focused on providing education and job opportunities for Black youth. Today, the Black Legacy Fund is building on that legacy and broadening the scope of the fund’s impact. 

Support the Fund Today

Legacy is something that we are part of, something we are adding to.

Support this cause today by contributing to Our Black Legacy Fund. You will have the opportunity to choose an endowed gift or non-endowed. Both ways of giving will help now and in the future. Click here to give today. 

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Our Black Legacy Fund

Over the last few years, the African American Heritage Fund committee members have been exploring the strengths, values and guiding posts of the fund's purpose. Through working with a consultant and deep conversations among the committee members, we are proud to announce the African American Heritage Fund has transitioned its title to our Black Legacy Fund. This intentional renaming is meant to honor the heritage of ancestors, invite a more inclusive understanding of Black communities in Kent County and create a legacy for future generations. 

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Keyuana Rosemond

We are living out what our ancestors wanted us to do, and now we are creating legacy for other people.” 

Recent Grants

Recipient

Amount

Date

Purpose

  • Better Wiser Stronger

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    Supporting the Confident Reading Program, to activate and encourage learning through the summer by reducing anxieties of feeling behind academically.

  • Camp Newaygo

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    To empower Grand Rapids students to be outdoor leaders, increasing their resiliency, confidence, and college readiness through 21st century skills.

  • Ebony Road Players

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    Supporting Story2Stage, a theatre intensive program that opens the floor for discussion about personal experiences.

  • Edge Urban Community Development

    Amount Awarded: $1,000

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    Supporting the Summer Youth Initiative, a day program working to prevent loss of learning for elementary age children in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood.

  • Girls Growing II Women

    Amount Awarded: $1,000

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    To introduce and stimulate virtual learning through the summer.

  • Grand Rapids Urban League

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    Supporting Project STEMULATE, which provides middle and high school girls of color with opportunities to learn about careers in STEM.

  • Helping Important People Succeed

    Amount Awarded: $1,500

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    Supporting Educational Virtual Reality Summer Camp.

  • Messiah Baptist Church

    Amount Awarded: $1,200

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    In support of a 6-week program designed to help students prepare for the SAT.

  • New City Neighbors

    Amount Awarded: $1,320

    Date Awarded: May. 2020

    To engage African American youth in six summertime online farm-to-table classes focused on food sovereignty and the historical role of African Americans in agriculture.