Insights

  • Posted on June 23, 2015 – Posted by: Shaun Shira

    Considering Your Philanthropic Journey

    Donors give for a variety of reasons. For some, the mission of the nonprofit aligns with their values. For others, a life experience may have influenced where they direct their philanthropic support. Some donors simply [...]
  • Posted on June 21, 2015 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Our Own Patron Saint

    During my 28 years at the Community Foundation, I’ve been honored to have met and worked with quite a few of Grand Rapids’ most noted philanthropists. Many of these individuals served as Grand Rapids Community [...]
  • Posted on June 02, 2015 – Posted by: Laurie Craft

    Grand Rapids' Homelessness Problem

    Last week, the Coalition to End Homelessness released the results of its annual Point in Time count and the numbers reflected a significant (15%) increase in the number of homeless individuals in our community on [...]
  • Posted on January 28, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Impacting Kent County and beyond

    Sometimes we hear that Grand Rapids Community Foundation is all about the city of Grand Rapids. While we award a significant number of grants in the city, we also make grants across the county. And [...]
  • Posted on December 22, 2014 – Posted by: Marilyn Zack

    IRA Rollover Extended for 2014

    The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended for 2014! This legislation was just passed a few days ago and there will be very short window in which you may be able to complete an IRA Charitable [...]
  • Posted on November 24, 2014 – Posted by: David Harrison

    Boomerang Giving Launches

    What if there was one thing everyone eligible for senior discounts could do today that would reap rewards for the rest of our lives?  The newly launched organization Boomerang Giving asks you to take the Boomerang [...]
  • Posted on November 17, 2014 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    The future of the IRA Charitable Rollover

    People 70 ½ and older are probably aware of the IRA Charitable Rollover that has been in play since 2006. In short, the rollover allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 from [...]
  • Posted on November 14, 2014 – Posted by: Meredith Fennema

    Our ideas for giving in response to Ebola

    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history. It has killed more people than all other Ebola outbreaks combined. The majority of cases are in three countries: Guinea, Liberia [...]
  • Posted on August 20, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Brian Burt, Choosing College as a Profession

    (From Current, summer 2014) Throughout his college career, from his bachelor’s degree to doctorate, Brian Burt felt connected to Grand Rapids Community Foundation. He received his first scholarship when he graduated from Ottawa Hills High School [...]
  • Posted on August 14, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    How are YOU Connecting with Community?

    We went on location with WOOD TV8 to shoot our upcoming "Connecting with Community" commercial. The topic? You guessed it, youth employment! The kids were good sports about the all of the instruction, positioning and [...]
  • Posted on August 12, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    GRCC Scholarship Recipient's Dreams Become Reality

    School is just around the corner, which means it's time to buy new notebooks, finalize the class schedule and soak up the last moments of summer. For many students, it also means beginning or continuing [...]
  • Posted on August 06, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Raising New Opportunities for Grand Rapids Youth

    It seems like the worst of the recent "Great Recession" is behind us. One sign is that the unemployment rate continues to drop. As our economy picks up, more jobs and opportunities are created. However [...]