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  • Remembering Lena Meijer

    Posted on January 16, 2022 – Posted by:

    Remembering Lena Meijer

    We honor the memory of Lena Meijer, whose gifts were compassion, love and caring.  Our community has benefitted greatly from generosity of the Meijer family. In 2006, Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded Fred and Lena Meijer with the Jack Chaille Community [...]
  • A New Century of Service and Impact

    Posted on January 04, 2022 – Posted by:

    A New Century of Service and Impact

    A message from Diana Sieger, president. Happy New Year! This year, Grand Rapids Community Foundation will celebrate our 100th anniversary; a century of responding to the everchanging needs of Greater Grand Rapids. This milestone year also marks [...]
  • A Foundation for Our Future, 2020 - 2021 annual report

    Posted on October 25, 2021 – Posted by:

    A Foundation for Our Future, 2020 - 2021 annual report

    In its latest year of operations, Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded $18,980,109 in grants to nonprofit organizations and scholarships to students—a more than 40% increase from the previous fiscal year. This and other information were [...]
  • Planning personal and impactful gifts

    Posted on October 21, 2021 – Posted by:

    Planning personal and impactful gifts

    Donor partners give in ways that are personal to them and impactful for our community.  In 1929, Grand Rapids Community Foundation received its first major bequest from the estate of Mary Metz. Since then, donor partners have [...]
  • PARTNERS in community, fall 2021

    Posted on September 16, 2021 – Posted by:

    PARTNERS in community, fall 2021

    The fall issue of PARTNERS in community explores the ways Grand Rapids Community Foundation and our partners are adapting, using our collective power and resources to overcome the most pressing issues of the day. Adaptive could mean transformational [...]
  • Black Philanthropy Month: Focus on Art as Activism

    Posted on August 31, 2021 – Posted by:

    Black Philanthropy Month: Focus on Art as Activism

    The art we create and experience helps us find meaning and grow understanding of our communities and societal structures. Grand Rapids Community Foundation values art as a powerful tool to disrupt inequality and tell truer [...]
  • Partnering to Make Summer Camp More Accessible

    Posted on July 28, 2021 – Posted by:

    Partnering to Make Summer Camp More Accessible

    Supported by the Mary I. and David D. Hunting Family Fund, Access Camps seeks to help local camps become more accessible to all communities in Kent County. Camp partners use funding from Access Camps grant [...]
  • PARTNERS in community, summer 2021

    Posted on June 22, 2021 – Posted by:

    PARTNERS in community, summer 2021

    The summer issue of PARTNERS in community explores the ways Grand Rapids Community Foundation and our partners share our collective power and resources to overcome the most pressing issues of the day. Inside you will read stories of [...]
  • Michigan Justice Fund

    Posted on June 21, 2021 – Posted by:

    Michigan Justice Fund

    Adapted from this press release.  A group of national and local foundations recently awarded $2 million in support to 12 organizations through the Michigan Justice Fund, an initiative designed to address inequities in the criminal justice [...]
  • A Next Step in our Support for Educational Equity

    Posted on May 21, 2021 – Posted by:

    A Next Step in our Support for Educational Equity

    Since our very first scholarships awarded in 1945 to help address the nursing shortage during World War II, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been steadfast in our commitment to provide access to educational opportunities for [...]
  • Partner Spotlight: Shannon Cohen, Inc.

    Posted on March 29, 2021 – Posted by:

    Partner Spotlight: Shannon Cohen, Inc.

    The stories of incredible strength, resilience and inspirational collaboration that have emerged over the last year are certainly worth celebrating. But, as we celebrate the silver linings of a difficult year, we should also examine [...]
  • PARTNERS in community, Spring 2021

    Posted on March 24, 2021 – Posted by:

    PARTNERS in community, Spring 2021

    The spring issue of PARTNERS in community explores the ways Grand Rapids Community Foundation is working alongside our partners toward recovery and renewal. As we continue to navigate two pandemics - COVID-19 and the existing racial, social [...]