PARTNERS in community, summer 2022

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As we near the halfway point of our centennial year, we are eager to share the new issue of PARTNERS in community with you! This second installment in the Centennial Collection of the magazine focuses on legacy. We are grateful for the many partners, like you, who have influenced the legacy of Grand Rapids Community Foundation for the last century. And, we look forward to creating a meaningful legacy of racial, social and economic justice for everyone in our community together. Read the entire magazine here.

PARTNERS in Legacy

Explore a handful of stories about individual and generational legacy in this article. While each person and family has a different approach to how they support community through their lives and beyond, each has a rich story about their desire for future generations to thrive. Click here to read.

A History of Support for Local Nonprofits

From its earliest days, Grand Rapids Community Foundation partners knew that getting involved meant they were joining a collective - and continually growing - legacy. Generations of partners have made gifts to build our community's endowment... Click here to continue reading.

Enduring Local Philanthropic Partnerships

One of the Community Foundation's first grant awards was given to Grand Rapids Welfare Union, a predecessor of the Heart of West Michigan United Way. Learn more about our partnership and its evolution over time through an interview with Michelle Van Dyke, CEO of HWMUW. Click here to read.

What Our Partners are Talking About... Exploring Philanthropic Legacy

Throughout the year, we will include a variety of voices and perspectives about the themes being explored in each issue. For this issue, staff and volunteers discuss legacy, including what inspires them and what they want their legacy to be. Read perspectives from partners on the table of contents page and page 9.

Interested in submitting your perspective on next issue's topic, collaboration? Send an email with your thoughts to

The spring issue of PARTNERS in community also includes:

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