One Hundred New Philanthropists

The Next Generation of Philanthropists

Our community has a great legacy of giving back and growing Grand Rapids. One Hundred New Philanthropists are a new generation of philanthropists committed to helping Grand Rapids Community Foundation usher in our second century. In 2022, when we celebrate being 100 years old, we will recognize one hundred community-minded people who have a clear vision for the Grand Rapids of tomorrow.

Being a New Philanthropist Requires Four Things

Our New Philanthropists Pledge to

  1. 1 Volunteer

    Members are engaged in the community, getting involved with a committee or through hands-on volunteering. 

  2. 2 Give Now

    New Philanthropists show their support the Community Foundation with an annual gift to the Fund for Community Good at a minimum level of $500 a year, or by establishing a Donor Advised fund or Named Field of Interest fund.

  3. 3 Give Later

    By including a provision in their will or estate plan for the benefit of Grand Rapids Community Foundation, New Philanthropists support our community's future.

  4. 4 Share Their Story

    New Philanthropists share why they give to the Community Foundation, telling us about the causes closest to their hearts, and encouraging others to give.

Education+Justice

Brent and Ronda Geers

“What we get from giving is being a part of a community where the needs of the people are met. To us, it’s almost an act of citizenship, a responsibility to the community. The Community Foundation is an unsung hero in our community. Few things happen in Grand Rapids apart from them. Back in 1996, Brent benefited from the Community Foundation’s work as a scholarship recipient and, in part due to many other contributors, we’re now able to become philanthropists."

Giving Feels Good!

Ryan Slusarzyk

“I give for the sole reason of helping others. Not to be recognized, praised or rewarded, but to know that I am somehow making a difference in someone’s life. But the feeling you get from giving—it gives a sense of worth and purpose, probably greater than anything I’ve ever felt. It is an emotion that is somewhat indescribable, yet entirely rewarding. I support Grand Rapids Community Foundation because of what it stands for and the bravery, positive attitude and continued leadership that it brings to our community. I have faith in the Community Foundation and the staff, knowing they want to make this area better and that community needs do not go unnoticed."

Giving is a Part of Her

Linsey Gleason

“Giving is a win-win-win for me. There are few things as powerful as watching someone feed their passion through philanthropy, especially when it's collaborative. The feeling you get from knowing you're making a difference in the lives of others is infectious. Giving is an important part of who I am and I know I'm doing the best I can with my dollars when I reinvest them in the community that's so important to me. Every interaction I've had with Grand Rapids Community Foundation has impressed me. The organization's strength and can-do philosophy has allowed our community to be front-runners in promoting inclusion.”

A Soft Spot for Challenge Scholars

Brian Bakker

“I have increasingly felt that I should be doing more to support the community. I give to organizations that attempt to give children, often with heavy odds working against them, a better chance at having control over their future. I was drawn to the Community Foundation’s Challenge Scholars program. A part of me cringes every time I hear complaints about the quality of our city’s public schools. How cool would it be if, one day, people insisted on living downtown specifically for the high quality of its public schools? Challenge Scholars encourages students to think critically about the long-term impact a college-equivalent education can have on their lives. It incentivizes them to prepare by achieving higher academic goals today."

Our One Hundred New Philanthropists

Ushering in our second century

  • Dr. Tony and Linda Nemec Foster
  • Mark and Wendy* Anderson
  • Renwick Brutus
  • Corey and Rebecca Balkon
  • Molly and Colin Chelovich
  • E Gabriel Works and John O'Connor* 
  • Ken Bandstra and Ken Terpstra
  • Jan Lunquist and Michael May
  • Scott Pruski
  • Paul and Beth Kelly
  • Marjorie and Bud Roegge
  • Gordie and Jan Moeller
  • Phil and Kathy Vogelsang
  • Ryan Slusarzyk
  • Linsey Gleason
  • Bob and Marcy Roth
  • Richard A. Roane and Leandro Robles
  • Laurie Finney Beard
  • Erica Curry VanEe and Brian VanEe
  • Brent and Ronda Geers
  • Mark Breon
  • Mandy and Christian Chardoul
  • Ben and Emily VerWys
  • Lucy Dyer Joswick and Scott Joswick
  • Megan Rydecki
  • Jason Franklin
  • George and Jill Bosnjak
  • Daniel Miller and Susan Wright-Miller
  • Brian Bakker
  • Steve Steketee
  • Matt and Stephanie Muscat
  • Jeff and Laura Hill
  • Dr. Theresa Osmer and Dr. Eric Graf
  • Selma Tucker
  • Graci Harkema
  • Tracie and Chad Coffman
  • Andy and Christina Keller
  • Michelle McHale-Adams and George Adams
  • Bryant and Audrey Mitchell
  • Lawson and Suzanne Sutherland
  • Reneé Williams
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Lisa M. Rose
  • Dan Grzywacz and Holly Westhouse
  • Caitlin and Paul Townsend Lamb
  • Elliot Talen
  • Ron Marsteiner
  • Carrie and Mike Kolehouse
  • Iain and Michaele Charnley
  • Dave Thompson
  • Aaron Terpstra and Berniz Constanza Terpstra
  • Jennifer and David Deamud
  • Jason and Kate Meyer
  • Jesse M. Bernal
  • Nakia Kyler
  • Mr. Marc Mitchell and Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell
  • Aleka Thrash
  • Chelsie Wyse
  • Rev. Katherine L. Baker
  • Carlos Sanchez and Lynne Pope
  • Chris and Amy Knape
  • Rick Treur
  • Jason and Stephanie Doublestein
  • Jenifer Jackson
  • Ken and Tamasha James                              
  • Anonymous (2)

*Deceased

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