For the fourth summer in a row, Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s youth employment grants are making it possible for 350 local low-income youth to participate in soft skills training, job readiness preparation, and summer jobs [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the area’s largest scholarship provider, this year broke the $1M mark for the first time in history. It awarded 642 scholarships for a total $1,099,400, more than double the $544,500 distributed [...]
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 [...]
Paul and Beth Kelly came to Grand Rapids Community Foundation as donors in 2002. They gave through the Social Venture Investors group, made a planned gift in 2003 and, in 2014, have committed to be [...]
Monica Sparks is passionate about helping women in business and education. “Women have always pumped the unheard heartbeat of the world. We carry the heartache for many, find a way to foster dreams that are dying and provide [...]
Jan Lunquist and Michael May are thoughtful donors and strong advocates for a variety of progressive causes. Their first gift to Grand Rapids Community Foundation was for the AIDS Fund in 1994, and their giving to [...]
Well-rounded might best describe Wendy and Mark Anderson’s philanthropy. They care about a wide range of causes, and both mention Grand Rapids Community Foundation first when talking about giving.
Where do you give?
“Grand Rapids Community Foundation [...]
Colin Chelovich and Molly Tupper Chelovich are motivated to support causes where they have a personal connection. The couple met and fell in love at Butler University. Love, plus the education they received and the [...]
Carlos Sanchez, director of the Latino Business and Economic Development Center for Ferris State University, recently joined Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees. He will serve a four-year term. Other changes on the Board [...]
Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Urban Forest Project $189,200 to engage the community in planting and growing a larger, healthier urban forest. With this grant, the Grand Rapids Urban Forest [...]