Insights

  • 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 [...]
  • Posted on January 31, 2013 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Are you a woman of faith?

    My blog postings have been infrequent at best in the past few months and I hope to step it up. This does take discipline and I need to buckle down to take a moment to [...]
  • Posted on December 19, 2012 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Dreams can come true!

    This morning brought great news that our colleague organization, Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF), received a phenomenal stock gift of $500 million from Mark Zuckerberg the founder of Facebook.  This gift will definitely help to [...]
  • Posted on June 06, 2012 – Posted by: Laurie Craft

    Changing how we think of homelessness

    At Grand Rapids Community Foundation, we work to create a community that has all of the great qualities that West Michigan has—and to make it better. As an optimist, this is a great place to [...]
  • Posted on April 27, 2012 – Posted by: Kate Luckert Schmid

    Get Out There and Hug a Tree Today!

    Arbor Day is the perfect time to stop and take notice of the tremendous value trees have on our community.  While the beauty of a tree is evident, only recently has research begun to prove [...]
  • Posted on December 02, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    You Poor Souls! ;-)

    It's time for Diana's Soapbox! For years, I have been on a mission to help people understand that the nonprofit sector is not second class! While the sector has been hit hard by the recession, what [...]
  • Posted on November 26, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Lessons learned from a Generous Man

    Fred Meijer passed away on November 25th a few days shy of his 92nd birthday. He was a staunch and generous supporter of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. My memories of Fred are so wonderful [...]
  • Posted on November 17, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Joint Statement on the Charitable Tax Deduction

    Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Heart of West Michigan United Way have issued a joint statement regarding the possible threat and erosion of the charitable tax deduction. This is an important issue and could [...]
  • Posted on October 17, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Threat to the Charitable Tax Deduction

    Over the years, I have either participated in or witnessed the "great debate" around why people give to causes and various nonprofit organizations. Recently, I had a lively conversation on Facebook with a woman [...]