Insights

  • 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 [...]
  • Helping Make Grand Rapids Good with Local First

    Posted on July 20, 2017 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Helping Make Grand Rapids Good with Local First

    Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved a grant of $250,000 to Local First Educational Foundation for its “Good for Grand Rapids” campaign. The goal of the grant is to increase the number [...]
  • Let's Talk About Our North Star

    Posted on July 11, 2017 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Let's Talk About Our North Star

    Finding the North Star can be challenging. Gazing at the night sky from the front porch of my home, I spot the Big Dipper. I trace an imaginary line from the Big Dipper’s two edge [...]
  • Posted on June 27, 2017 – Posted by: Roberta King

    We're Looking for Youth Grant Committee Members!

    The Youth Grant Committee (YGC) of Grand Rapids Community Foundation is seeking members for the upcoming school year. Students from any public, private or homeschool in Kent County are welcome to apply.  During the school year [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2017 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Over $1M in Scholarships for Students

    In another record-breaking year for helping students with college, Grand Rapids Community Foundation Trustees approved $1.2 million in scholarships for 2017.  The scholarships for high school seniors, college students and grad students went to 67 [...]
  • Creating Your Will of Wisdom

    Posted on April 14, 2017 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Creating Your Will of Wisdom

    We've been focusing a lot on planned giving and wills in the last month, but beyond the legal documents, there is another document you might consider completing as part of your estate plan. An ethical will is [...]
  • Fast Track to Success: the Sekayi Bracey Story

    Posted on April 06, 2017 – Posted by: Amanda St. Pierre

    Fast Track to Success: the Sekayi Bracey Story

    Post Written By Jacquelyn Zeman, PR Intern When East Kentwood native Sekayi Bracey was just 8 years old, her elementary gym teacher encouraged her to pursue running. “We had a field day,” Sekayi said. “(My [...]