Grand Rapids Community Foundation awards its Jack Chaille Community Philanthropy Award to John Canepa on October 29 at its annual donor event. Canepa is the retired president of Old Kent Bank (now 5/3 Bank). Not [...]
The frustrating thing about the many voices and minds involved in making grant decisions for our great local nonprofit organizations is that I'm often overruled! However, it's the inclusive process that also adds to [...]
Michigan College Access Network Announces $364,000 in College Access Planning Grants
$50,000 Awarded to Grand Rapids Community Foundation for Kent County College Access Network
The Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) recently announced that 14 communities will collectively [...]
Ruth Bishop, education program officer and Cris Kooyer, education and youth program officer are featured as "Thought Leaders in Education" in Business Review West Michigan.
Each year Ruth and Cris are responsible for overseeing [...]
OR the Subtitle could read: I can feel your hot breath on the back of my neck! This is another post from the Council on Foundations Fall Conference for Community Foundations:On Tuesday, September 14th [...]
We all looked around the room and uttered, "What happens in Charlotte, stays in Charlotte!" to borrow a phrase from the Las Vegas ad campaign! I'm talking about the opening dinner on Saturday, September [...]
This week, Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees voted to approve $213,150 in new grants. The grants address two main areas of need in Kent County including economic growth and health.
Grants to Encourage Healthy [...]
Last January I wrote about the impact of social media, the next gen coming forth with new ways to celebrate our great city bringing forward their philanthropic spirit as well! Well I'm back at it [...]
We have two floors in the "world corporate headquarters" of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation. The first floor houses the grantmaking/community leadership team who are hard-working, passionate, resourceful and driven! There is a [...]
If you’re looking for secure, stable income that provides a higher than average rate of return, now may be the time to consider a charitable gift annuity. On July 1, gift annuity rates increased for [...]
Half of awards go to first generation college students
This fall, 539 local students will start a new year of college knowing they have the support of their community as recipients of scholarships from Grand Rapids [...]