Insights

  • Youth in Philanthropy

    Posted on December 04, 2018 – Posted by:

    Youth in Philanthropy

    This past October, Rob Collier, former president of the Council for Michigan Foundations, invited me to be a closing plenary speaker for the CMF Annual Conference. The featured speaker for the event was Frans Johansson [...]
  • Why I Give: A Conversation with Jenine Torres

    Posted on November 20, 2018 – Posted by:

    Why I Give: A Conversation with Jenine Torres

    For nearly a century, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been in the business of understanding our community’s needs. Sometimes, as a development officer, I wonder how our founders could even comprehend the impact this organization [...]
  • Posted on November 16, 2018 – Posted by:

    California Wildfires 2018: How You Can Help

    The 2018 wildfire season has devastated communities throughout California due to high temperatures and dry conditions. The Camp Fire in Butte County is the deadliest and most destructive in California history with a death toll in [...]
  • Organizing Your Legacy

    Posted on May 29, 2018 – Posted by:

    Organizing Your Legacy

    Organizing your estate plan is an act of love for your family and your community. We know that the task can seem daunting when you begin to consider how many details there are to track [...]
  • Remembering John Canepa

    Posted on January 26, 2018 – Posted by: Ashley Lee

    Remembering John Canepa

    We are saddened by the recent passing of John Canepa. He was a dear friend to many in our community, and is especially loved by Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Grand Rapids and West Michigan’s growth is [...]
  • Our Community Hopes for 2018

    Posted on January 02, 2018 – Posted by: Ashley Lee

    Our Community Hopes for 2018

    As we enter a new year, we enjoy the opportunity to reflect on where we’ve been, where we’re going, and how we can bring light and love to the world around us. The year of 201 [...]
  • Is 2017 the Year to Give Appreciated Assets?

    Posted on December 13, 2017 – Posted by: Ashley Lee

    Is 2017 the Year to Give Appreciated Assets?

    The uncertainty surrounding potential changes to tax law, particularly as it relates to charitable giving, has our attention.  As we move closer to a decision, we feel it is important to share how the possible [...]
  • Will You Be a Changemaker This #GivingTuesday?

    Posted on November 28, 2017 – Posted by: Ashley Lee

    Will You Be a Changemaker This #GivingTuesday?

    In the upcoming weeks, we all have presents to buy, food to prepare, and decorations to hang, but before we get to far into the holiday frenzy, today we’re inviting you to participate in making [...]