Community Foundation Named One of the Best Nonprofits to Work For

This week, The Nonprofit Times (NPT), a national publication, named Grand Rapids Community Foundation one of its top 50 Best Nonprofits to Work For in 2012. The Community Foundation ranked sixth on the list. For small organizations (those with 15-49 employees) the Community Foundation ranked second. Click to view the article with the complete list.

This is just one more award in a list of workplace honors given to the Foundation recently for its employee satisfaction and workplace environment. Among the things that make working at Grand Rapids Community Foundation notable are: a place where ideas and innovation are valued and encouraged, a good work-life balance, employees are engaged in strategic planning and have open relationships with leadership. NPT noted that during the recession some benefits and budgets were cut, but no Community Foundation employees lost their jobs.

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation was named one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Country by the National Association for Business Resources. Several other West Michigan businesses were also included on this list, but Grand Rapids Community Foundation was the only foundation in the country to make the cut. Access the complete list of national winners here.

For the ninth consecutive year, the Community Foundation is being recognized among West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2012. The Michigan Business and Professional Association selects winners based on categories including: compensation, benefits and employee solutions; employee enrichment, engagement and retention; employee achievement and recognition; communication and shared vision; diversity and inclusion; work-life balance; community initiatives; and strategic company performance.  Access the complete list of 2012’s 101 Best and Brightest winners here.

Finally, the Community Foundation is a finalist for the Outstanding Healthy Workplace Award, part of the Governor’s Fitness Awards. The award winner will be announced at a gala event on April 26. Learn more at

“We really couldn’t be more proud of the recognition we’ve received recently. Being held in such high regard is an honor,” said Community Foundation President Diana Sieger. “We are extremely intentional about creating an environment and a culture that our employees are invested in.  We believe that staff who are engaged and feel good about their work pass it on to our grantees and donors.  Each person here plays an integral role in helping us achieve our mission of building a stronger Grand Rapids.”

Grand Rapids Community Foundation leads Kent County in making positive, sustainable change. With its endowment, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation supports local nonprofits, leads significant social change and helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information, please visit