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  • Informed Impact: 2019 - 2020 Annual Report

    Posted on October 26, 2020 – Posted by:

    Informed Impact: 2019 - 2020 Annual Report

    Informed Impact The 2019 - 2020 Grand Rapids Community Foundation annual report features nonprofit, community and donor partners working to overcome racial, social and economic justice by building and sustaining an inclusive economy and thriving community. With [...]
  • Youth in Philanthropy: the beauty of perspective

    Posted on July 10, 2020 – Posted by:

    Youth in Philanthropy: the beauty of perspective

    Clara Kilburn is the outgoing youth trustee on Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Youth Grant Committee for three years. Clara offers a perspective on the lessons [...]
  • La Lucha Fund: Partner Spotlight

    Posted on June 18, 2020 – Posted by:

    La Lucha Fund: Partner Spotlight

    Eight community organizations came together to establish La Lucha Fund, an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic designed to provide financial resources directly to undocumented and mixed status families in Kent County. Erika VanDyke, program [...]
  • When a Statement Isn't Enough

    Posted on June 12, 2020 – Posted by:

    When a Statement Isn't Enough

    When a Statement Isn’t Enough  Grand Rapids Community Foundation stands with our Black neighbors who are hurting and tired from generations of racism, trauma and injustice. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are but a few of the countless lives [...]
  • Celebrating the Class of 2020!

    Posted on May 29, 2020 – Posted by:

    Celebrating the Class of 2020!

    Celebrating the first class of Challenge Scholars Union High School Class of 2020 has been looking forward to graduation for years. Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been eagerly anticipating this moment alongside their friends, families and [...]
  • Urban League of West Michigan: Partner Spotlight

    Posted on May 14, 2020 – Posted by:

    Urban League of West Michigan: Partner Spotlight

    Urban League of West Michigan: Partner Spotlight Eugene Sueing, program director, had the opportunity to virtually interview Rev. Joseph "Joe" Jones, president/CEO of the Urban League of West Michigan and Second Ward Commissioner of the City of [...]
  • Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

    Posted on May 05, 2020 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

    This article was first published by Bridge Magazine as “Community crisis responses need to lead with equity.” The impact of COVID-19 is harrowing. As the pandemic spreads through Michigan, it has highlighted existing disparities, making them [...]
  •  A Special Giving Tuesday – Mobilizing West Michigan Through Philanthropy

    Posted on April 27, 2020 – Posted by:

    A Special Giving Tuesday – Mobilizing West Michigan Through Philanthropy

    Together, we will recover. Our community's response has inspired us. Your collaboration, innovation, advocacy and generosity give us strength.   Communities around the world are facing severe challenges in light of COVID-19. Each unique, but all unexpected and urgent. At Grand [...]
  • CARES Act Benefits for Donor Partners

    Posted on April 10, 2020 – Posted by: Shaun Shira

    CARES Act Benefits for Donor Partners

    Life has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us working from home under the “stay home, stay safe” order. During this difficult time, many in our community are struggling. Grand Rapids Community Foundation is [...]
  • Posted on March 14, 2020 – Posted by:

    COVID-19: Community Response

    We've launched a new page on our website: COVID-19 Recovery. Click here for the most up to date information about our response.  During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, Grand Rapids Community Foundation´s staff is working hard to [...]
  • Scholarships offer opportunity to all students

    Posted on February 13, 2020 – Posted by:

    Scholarships offer opportunity to all students

    In a community where every person can thrive, access to opportunities aren’t one-size-fits-all. Instead, people can pursue the paths that best fit their goals at the time that is right for them. Grand Rapids Community Foundation [...]
  • Jan Heerspink: A Legacy of Love and Family

    Posted on January 29, 2020 – Posted by:

    Jan Heerspink: A Legacy of Love and Family

    Born Grand Rapidians, Jan and John Heerspink graduated from Calvin University (formerly Calvin College) before heading off to Ann Arbor. “We were married in 1966 and said we were never moving back to this provincial [...]