Insights

  • The Spirit of Giving: One-Time vs. Recurring Gifts

    Posted on November 20, 2019 – Posted by:

    The Spirit of Giving: One-Time vs. Recurring Gifts

    The end of the year is filled with  the spirit of giving and Giving Tuesday is the unofficial start to the giving season. During this time, giving can take many forms. Grand Rapids Community Foundation [...]
  • Gift in Partnership with Professional Advisors

    Posted on October 01, 2019 – Posted by:

    Gift in Partnership with Professional Advisors

    The end of the year is a great time for reflection.  Did I spend enough time enjoying the Michigan outdoors? Were old and new relationships made stronger as the busy event season descends upon us [...]
  • Organizing Your Estate: A Simple First Step

    Posted on June 17, 2019 – Posted by:

    Organizing Your Estate: A Simple First Step

    When you hear the term "estate planning" do you feel slightly intimidated? You're not alone! Many people feel that it is only for those with complicated assets or law degrees. The truth is, estate planning is something that [...]
  • Three Ways to Quickstart Your Will or Estate Plan

    Posted on April 23, 2019 – Posted by:

    Three Ways to Quickstart Your Will or Estate Plan

    Planning what will happen to your assets after your lifetime is important. Getting started is the hardest part. Here are three easy steps to help you get started on your plans today: Get organized. Create a [...]
  • Summer Camp Q & A with Ruth Bishop

    Posted on April 15, 2019 – Posted by:

    Summer Camp Q & A with Ruth Bishop

    For over a decade, 3,500 local campers have had the opportunity to attend summer camps each year through Access Camp grants. These grants provide funding to local camps so that they can offer scholarships to [...]
  • PARTNERS in Community, Spring 2019

    Posted on March 25, 2019 – Posted by:

    PARTNERS in Community, Spring 2019

    The spring issue of Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s magazine, PARTNERS in community, focuses on growth. Below you will find a few links to featured stories, but click here to read the entire magazine! You will [...]
  • Growing a Dream: Challenge Scholars Dream Fund

    Posted on February 27, 2019 – Posted by:

    Growing a Dream: Challenge Scholars Dream Fund

    What’s in a dream? A dream is like a seed of something beautiful. Something necessary and beneficial. But it needs the right conditions to grow. It needs to germinate by means of fertile soil, adequate [...]
  •  A Legacy of Family Giving

    Posted on January 29, 2019 – Posted by:

    A Legacy of Family Giving

    How do you wish your life to be remembered? What legacy do you want to leave? These are the questions answered with effective estate planning. Generations of people have built our community’s endowment through planned [...]
  • Hopes and Dreams for 2019

    Posted on December 29, 2018 – Posted by:

    Hopes and Dreams for 2019

    What are you most proud of in 2018? What are you striving for or working toward in 2019? The end of the year is a time for reflection, but also for dreaming and hoping.  Here at Grand Rapids [...]
  • Four Tax Friendly Charitable Giving Strategies

    Posted on December 21, 2018 – Posted by:

    Four Tax Friendly Charitable Giving Strategies

    Recent changes to the tax law have people wondering if they should change their charitable giving strategies. While the law is changing how charitable giving is deducted for some individuals, there are several beneficial giving [...]
  • Annual Report 2017-2018

    Posted on December 20, 2018 – Posted by:

    Annual Report 2017-2018

    2017-2018 Annual Report A community is defined by the people who call it home. Our community has the potential to be anything we want it to be. There is potential everywhere in West Michigan—potential that can break [...]