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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 December 15, 2010

    Laurie Beard Elected Trustee, New Chair Named
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation is pleased to announced that Laurie Beard will begin a three year team as Trustee starting in 2011. Also Carol Karr, attorney with Miller Johnson will chair the Board and [...]
  • Posted on December 14, 2010

    Foundation Awards $850K in Grants
    The Board of Trustees of Grand Rapids Community Foundation recently approved $850,000 in grants--the largest--$350,000 going to Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. The grant will help [...]
  • Posted on November 18, 2010

    Good Schools Students Celebrate
    Three Grand Rapids elementary schools received $91,000 in grants from the Meijer Good Schools for Grand Rapids Program, which recognizes area elementary schools demonstrating measurable success. The Meijer Good Schools for Grand Rapids Program [...]
  • Posted on November 15, 2010

    Celebrating Community Philanthropy!
    This is National Community Foundations Week and instead of writing a piece on this, I thought it best to post a blog entry from my colleague Judy Sjostedt who is the executive director of the [...]
  • Posted on November 11, 2010

    Area Elementary Schools Honored as Meijer Good Schools
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Meijer Recognize Successful Area Schools with Cash Award Three Grand Rapids elementary schools received $91,000 in grants from the Meijer Good Schools for Grand Rapids Program, which recognizes area elementary [...]
  • Posted on October 31, 2010

    Kudos to our community's leaders!
    What a week this has been! We hosted our annual Donor Reception this past Friday, October 29th at UICA. Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors of our event and to the great Heartside area [...]
  • Posted on October 07, 2010

    When GRCF says no but I want to say yes!
    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 the [...]
  • Posted on October 01, 2010

    Foundation Staff Named Thought Leaders in Education
    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 [...]
  • Posted on September 15, 2010

    Trading Power with the Next Generations!
    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, I [...]
  • Posted on September 13, 2010

    Sleepless in Charlotte!
    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 11th [...]