PARTNERS in community, spring 2022

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Centennial year is here! Grand Rapids Community Foundation is celebrating 100 years of service and impact alongside partners like you. During this year, there will be four specially curated Centennial Collection issues of PARTNERS in community. Each issue will explore one of the components of our work together. In the spring issue of PARTNERS in community, we explore philanthropy through the lens of our history, impact, growth, learning and future focus. Read the entire magazine here.

A Commitment to Service

Patricia Edison has made an indelible impact on Kent County and Grand Rapids Community Foundation in many ways, including her time as its first female executive director. Community Foundation President Diana Sieger recently sat down with Pat to discuss her commitment to service through volunteerism, donations and thought partnership. Click here to read.

A History of Support for Local Nonprofits

Explore a brief history of some of the critical moments in our past with local nonprofit organizations. These relationships have evolved over the last 100 years and the Community Foundation continues to learn and adapt its role in order to work to eliminate inequities in Kent County. Click here to read.

Philanthropic Partnerships of Today: Black Impact Collaborative

Black Impact Collaborative is an emerging anchor organization that brings together several Black-led organizations and citizens to identify and illuminate the needs of Black people in greater-Grand Rapids. Hear from a few of their leaders in this interview about BICs work and future vision. Click here to read.

What Our Partners are Saying About Philanthropy

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 philanthropy, including what it is, why it is important and what it can accomplish. Read perspectives from partners regarding philanthropy on the table of contents page and page 9.

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

The spring issue of PARTNERS in community also includes:

  • A letter from Diana Sieger, president
  • Grant partnerships from our Fund for Community Good and Field of Interest funds
  • Announcement of Mary Karrip's retirement and celebration of her legacy and impact
  • New staff announcement
  • A visualization of philanthropy in action
  • And more!

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