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  • Posted on March 18, 2013 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Renwick Brutus

    Educational development, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship are causes leadership consultant and motivational speaker Renwick Brutus cares most about. “I support nonprofits that help people become educated, have confidence in their ability to contribute, participate in [...]
  • 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 January 18, 2013 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Community Foundation Scholarships Available

    Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s online scholarship application is now open. The application opened January 1, 2013, and may be completed by any Kent County area student pursuing higher education. The application deadline is April 1 [...]
  • Posted on January 03, 2013 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Return of the IRA Rollover

    Q & A on the IRA Rollover The Pension Protection Act of 2006 (PPA) permitted individuals to roll over up to $100,000 from an individual retirement account (IRA) directly to a qualifying nonprofit without recognizing the [...]
  • 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 December 11, 2012 – Posted by: Amanda St. Pierre

    $290,000 Granted to Strengthen Our Community

    This week, Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees awarded $290,000 in grants to support a variety of projects in the community. Grants include: Arbor Circle—A grant of $75,000 for providing home and school-based intervention services [...]
  • Posted on October 11, 2012 – Posted by: Amanda St. Pierre

    Five Organizations Receive Community Foundation Grants

    This week, Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved five grants totaling $350,000. Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation was awarded $50,000 towards its construction of a two-story Student Learning Center at the Gerald R. Ford [...]
  • Posted on September 28, 2012 – Posted by: Roberta King

    John and Nancy Kennedy Receive Community Foundation Award

    Community philanthropists John and Nancy Kennedy were awarded the Chaille Community Philanthropy Award from Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The Chaille Community Philanthropy Award is given each year to donors who support the work of the Community [...]
  • Posted on August 15, 2012 – Posted by: Roberta King

    $320,000 Awarded for Safe Housing, Fresh Food and Art

    Even as the summer is winding down, Grand Rapids Community Foundation is heating up and this week granted a total of $320,000 to four local organizations. In an effort to promote access to affordable housing through [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2012 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Slemons Foundation Spends Down

    More Than $4.5 million Grants into Kent County The Slemons Foundation, created in 1965 through the estate of Elmer J. Slemons is officially out of business. On purpose. Slemons, who died that same year at the [...]
  • Posted on June 19, 2012 – Posted by: Roberta King

    2012 Scholarships Top $800,000

      In recent years, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has averaged $650,000 in annual scholarship awards, but this year after receiving 1,877 scholarship applications, it has awarded 574 scholarships totaling $844,250. Thirteen Michigan colleges and universities will receive [...]