Remembering David Frey

Banner Graphic Remembering David Frey

We honor the memory of David Frey, a committed philanthropist whose legacy will endure for generations.

David’s passion for Grand Rapids was evident in his volunteerism and leadership. In 2005, Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded David Frey with the Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award. The award is given to an individual or couple who embodies the spirit of philanthropy. David demonstrated these qualities through his generosity and volunteerism.

“David was a tireless advocate for our community,” said Diana Sieger, president. “He was unwavering in his commitment to Grand Rapids and believed in the strength of people who love our community. He cared so deeply about the positive growth and development for everyone in our community. David will be missed, but his legacy will live on.”

David gave his time and shared his expertise when he was appointed as a member of the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees, serving as chairperson for two terms beginning in 1988. The Community Foundation was just one of many boards and committees which benefited from David’s passion and insights. His exceptional philanthropy also shaped the Frey Foundation, a family foundation established in 1974 by his late parents, Edward and Frances Frey.

Marks of David’s philanthropic interests can be seen throughout the city. He was passionate about economic development and being a catalyst for public-private partnerships, including efforts like Grand Action 2.0, DeVos Place, Van Andel Arena and more. With his wife Judy, he established the Mr. and Mrs. David G. Frey Fund, an unrestricted fund, at the Community Foundation.

We extend our deepest sympathy to the family during this time. To read more about the life and legacy of David Frey, you can read the family obituary by clicking here. If you are interested in making a gift in his memory, we are honored to accept contributions to the Mr. and Mrs. David G. Frey Fund at

David Frey receiving the 2005 Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award, standing next to Diana Sieger, president.