Insights

  • PARTNERS in community, Spring 2021

    Posted on March 24, 2021 – Posted by:

    PARTNERS in community, Spring 2021

    The spring issue of PARTNERS in community explores the ways Grand Rapids Community Foundation is working alongside our partners toward recovery and renewal. As we continue to navigate two pandemics - COVID-19 and the existing racial, social [...]
  • Is 2021 the Year to Give from Your IRA?

    Posted on February 18, 2021 – Posted by: Shaun Shira

    Is 2021 the Year to Give from Your IRA?

    What a year it has been. As our community dealt with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Grand Rapids Community Foundation worked hard to address the deep historic racial, social and economic inequities that exist [...]
  • Capturing opportunity and building your future through scholarships

    Posted on February 01, 2021 – Posted by:

    Capturing opportunity and building your future through scholarships

    At Grand Rapids Community Foundation, we believe that education opens doors, creates opportunities and prosperity for individuals, families and West Michigan. We know that students are working hard to fuel the future and education, so [...]
  • A letter to our community regarding yesterday’s attack

    Posted on January 07, 2021 – Posted by:

    A letter to our community regarding yesterday’s attack

    On January 6, the cornerstone of our democracy was threatened by a violent domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol. It was heartbreaking to witness. Regardless of our individual politics, we share disappointment and despair as we reflect on the events [...]
  • How to Make a Greater Impact with Your Giving

    Posted on December 10, 2020 – Posted by:

    How to Make a Greater Impact with Your Giving

    Benefits of donating appreciated assets in 2020 There are many ways to make an impact through philanthropy. Each philanthropist who gives their time, talent or treasure to our community contributes to our region’s health and vitality [...]
  • Supporting local nonprofits this Giving Tuesday

    Posted on November 24, 2020 – Posted by:

    Supporting local nonprofits this Giving Tuesday

    The end of the year is filled with  the spirit of giving, with #GivingTuesday as the unofficial start to the giving season. This year, the impact of COVID-19 has created unprecedented need in our community. Local [...]
  • Youth in Philanthropy: the beauty of perspective

    Posted on July 10, 2020 – Posted by:

    Youth in Philanthropy: the beauty of perspective

    Clara Kilburn is the outgoing youth trustee on Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Board of Trustees. She also served as a member of the Youth Grant Committee for three years. Clara offers a perspective on the lessons [...]
  • When a Statement Isn't Enough

    Posted on June 12, 2020 – Posted by:

    When a Statement Isn't Enough

    When a Statement Isn’t Enough  Grand Rapids Community Foundation stands with our Black neighbors who are hurting and tired from generations of racism, trauma and injustice. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery are but a few of the countless lives [...]
  • Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

    Posted on May 05, 2020 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Community crisis responses need to lead with equity

    This article was first published by Bridge Magazine as “Community crisis responses need to lead with equity.” The impact of COVID-19 is harrowing. As the pandemic spreads through Michigan, it has highlighted existing disparities, making them [...]
  •  A Special Giving Tuesday – Mobilizing West Michigan Through Philanthropy

    Posted on April 27, 2020 – Posted by:

    A Special Giving Tuesday – Mobilizing West Michigan Through Philanthropy

    Together, we will recover. Our community's response has inspired us. Your collaboration, innovation, advocacy and generosity give us strength.   Communities around the world are facing severe challenges in light of COVID-19. Each unique, but all unexpected and urgent. At Grand [...]
  • CARES Act Benefits for Donor Partners

    Posted on April 10, 2020 – Posted by: Shaun Shira

    CARES Act Benefits for Donor Partners

    Life has changed. The COVID-19 pandemic has many of us working from home under the “stay home, stay safe” order. During this difficult time, many in our community are struggling. Grand Rapids Community Foundation is [...]
  • Posted on March 14, 2020 – Posted by:

    COVID-19: Community Response

    We've launched a new page on our website: COVID-19 Recovery. Click here for the most up to date information about our response.  During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, Grand Rapids Community Foundation´s staff is working hard to [...]