Updates and Insights from the Community Foundation

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  • Partners in Community, winter 2024
    Partners in Community, winter 2024
    Discover the latest issue of PARTNERS in community! Welcoming LaSandra Gaddy as Grand Rapids Community Foundation's new president and CEO, our winter edition features inspiring stories on wellness investments, insights from Our Mental Health Collective, [...]
  • Support for Students: Scholarships and much more
    Support for Students: Scholarships and much more
    As a community foundation, we strive for a vibrant community where all people can apply their talents and creativity to fuel our future. We believe education is a key that unlocks these possibilities. In recent [...]
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  • Posted on May 27, 2015

    Challenge Scholars Campaign Tops Goal
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation announced today that it has exceeded the $32 million goal for its innovative Challenge Scholars program by raising $33.6 million toward the first phase of building the scholarship endowment. The public [...]
  • Our LGBT Fund: Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik

    Posted on March 30, 2015

    Our LGBT Fund: Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik
    In August, 2014, Donor Advisors, Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, created Our LGBT Fund , a Field of Interest Fund at the Community Foundation. It was created with a matching gift of $100,000. Through this [...]
  • Posted on January 28, 2015

    Impacting Kent County and beyond
    Sometimes we hear that Grand Rapids Community Foundation is all about the city of Grand Rapids. While we award a significant number of grants in the city, we also make grants across the county. And [...]
  • Posted on December 22, 2014

    IRA Rollover Extended for 2014
    The IRA Charitable Rollover has been extended for 2014! This legislation was just passed a few days ago and there will be very short window in which you may be able to complete an IRA [...]
  • Posted on December 15, 2014

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Laurie Finney Beard
    Like many people, her family’s influence shaped Laurie Finney Beard’s views about giving. She cites her father, whom she describes as generous with his time and financial support for many charitable organizations, as an important [...]
  • Posted on November 24, 2014

    Boomerang Giving Launches
    What if there was one thing everyone eligible for senior discounts could do today that would reap rewards for the rest of our lives? The newly launched organization Boomerang Giving asks you to take the [...]
  • Posted on November 17, 2014

    The future of the IRA Charitable Rollover
    People 70 ½ and older are probably aware of the IRA Charitable Rollover that has been in play since 2006. In short, the rollover allows individuals aged 70½ and older to donate up to $100,000 [...]
  • Posted on November 14, 2014

    Our ideas for giving in response to Ebola
    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest and longest Ebola outbreak in history. It has killed more people than all other Ebola outbreaks combined. The majority of cases are in three countries: Guinea, [...]
  • Posted on October 08, 2014

    Our LGBT Fund Exceeds Goal
    Our LGBT (lesbian, gay biexual, transgender) Fund, a new field of interest fund at Grand Rapids Community Foundation has reached $270,000 in community donations, exceeding the original goal and 1:1 match set in August. Shelley [...]
  • Posted on August 20, 2014

    Brian Burt, Choosing College as a Profession
    (From Current, summer 2014) Throughout his college career, from his bachelor’s degree to doctorate, Brian Burt felt connected to Grand Rapids Community Foundation. He received his first scholarship when he graduated from Ottawa Hills High [...]