Insights

  • Posted on July 07, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Bethany Teaches the Value of a Life-Long Education

    It was the second day of a summer of opportunity and I could feel the energy stirring. Students of Bethany Christian Services' summer employment program trickled in and sat around the U-shaped table, respectfully chatty [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2014 – Posted by: Lori Dykstra

    Grants in Action

    Hi there, I am Lori Dykstra, the summer PR & Marketing intern here at Grand Rapids Community Foundation. Welcome to “Our Community Matters,” our new blog! We reconfigured this page so that various staff and [...]
  • 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 [...]