Insights

  • 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 [...]
  • Posted on September 15, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    I love our donors!

    This past Monday we hosted our annual Metz Legacy Society Luncheon at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College. In a word, it was fabulous! Metz members are those generous donors who have indicated [...]
  • Posted on August 10, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Penny Wise?

    I recently had a friendly debate with a woman on Facebook about whether tax incentives really matter when it comes to charitable giving. My summary of the discussion was "it doesn't hurt!" The [...]
  • Posted on July 28, 2011 – Posted by: Diana Sieger

    Outraged!

    I am outraged! I have to say that after the horrific murders that occurred two weeks ago in Grand Rapids, I have yet to submit a positive GR6 six word entry that one would [...]