Posts by: Meredith Fennema

  • Posted on September 16, 2015 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    Scholarships for Success

    Since 1945, thanks to hundreds of donors and community members who believe in making college a reality for Kent County students, we've awarded more than $12.9 million in scholarships. In 2015, 56% of scholarship recipients [...]
  • Posted on July 27, 2015 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    How Will You Be a Changemaker?

    The Grand Rapids community is doing amazing things when it comes to reentry, and we need your help spreading the word and getting involved to make sure this good work continues. When someone is away in [...]
  • Posted on July 20, 2015 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    Five Facts, Five Friends - Spread the Word about Reentry

    Too often, people who have a criminal record are dismissed and shunned by the community from where they once lived. Returning citizens might be the most marginalized group in our society. But we know our [...]
  • Posted on November 17, 2014 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    The future of the IRA Charitable Rollover

    People 70 ½ and older are probably aware of the IRA Charitable Rollover that has been in play since 2006. In short, the rollover allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from [...]
  • Posted on November 14, 2014 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    Our ideas for giving in response to Ebola

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history. It has killed more people than all other Ebola outbreaks combined. The majority of cases are in three countries: Guinea, Liberia [...]
  • Posted on June 03, 2014 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    Meet Our Grantmakers: Marcia Rapp

    Everyone, meet Marcia Rapp. She's been with Grand Rapids Community Foundation since 1988, and while she would never admit it, she knows the Grand Rapids community incredibly well to say the least. As Vice President, Marcia administers [...]