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  • Posted on September 25, 2017

    Hurricane Maria: How to Help
    The 2017 Hurricane Season continues to devastate the Caribbean and parts of the U.S. The most recent storm, Hurricane Maria, has obliterated parts of the Caribbean, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The [...]
  • Posted on September 15, 2017

    Hurricane Irma: How to Help
    Hurricane Irma, the second major hurricane to hit the U.S. and Caribbean in recent weeks, made landfall in Florida on September 10. Irma is noted as one of the most powerful Atlantic storms ever recorded, [...]
  • Posted on August 28, 2017

    Hurricane Harvey: How to Help
    Hurricane Harvey, the largest hurricane to hit the United States in a decade, made landfall near Rockport, Texas on August 25. A Category 4 storm, Harvey has led to catastrophic and widespread flooding and damage [...]
  • Helping Make Grand Rapids Good with Local First

    Posted on July 20, 2017

    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

    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 July 03, 2017

    Our Magazine, Current
    Read about our recent grants, two of our One Hundred New Philanthropists, and our adaptive strategy. Current Summer 2017 Edition
  • Posted on June 27, 2017

    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 [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2017

    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 677 [...]
  • Creating Your Will of Wisdom

    Posted on April 14, 2017

    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 [...]
  • Fast Track to Success: the Sekayi Bracey Story

    Posted on April 06, 2017

    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 [...]
  • Posted on April 04, 2017

    Staycationing? Plan for Summer Camp Now!
    If you're home this week with the kids, you might be getting a little anxious about summer break and how to make those months away from school productive. There's always summer camp! If you've thought [...]
  • A Planned Gift Mystery Solved

    Posted on April 02, 2017

    A Planned Gift Mystery Solved
    From time to time, we receive unexpected bequests from kind strangers. A few years ago, Grand Rapids Community Foundation was named beneficiary of a life insurance policy held by Joy Brown Baker. It was a [...]