Updates and Insights from the Community Foundation

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  • Partners in Community, spring/summer 2024
    Partners in Community, spring/summer 2024
    The spring/summer issue of PARTNERS in community, a magazine by Grand Rapids Community Foundation, is here for you to read and enjoy! Our "How We Give" series continues with donor partner and Metz Legacy Society [...]
  • 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 January 31, 2013

    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

    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

    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 [...]
  • Posted on December 19, 2012

    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

    $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 [...]
  • Posted on October 11, 2012

    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. [...]
  • Posted on September 28, 2012

    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 [...]
  • Posted on June 26, 2012

    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 [...]
  • Posted on June 19, 2012

    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 [...]
  • Posted on June 12, 2012

    Five Organizations Receive Community Foundation Grants
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved five major grants totaling $764,500. The largest grant was awarded to Dwelling Place of Grand Rapids to aid in the support of affordable and quality housing [...]