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  • 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 [...]
  • Posted on August 11, 2010

    Newest Community Foundation Grants Total $213,150
    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 [...]
  • Posted on July 30, 2010

    Grand Rapids' Hip Quotient on the rise!
    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 [...]
  • Posted on July 27, 2010

    So where does the money come from?
    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 quiet yet [...]
  • Posted on July 20, 2010

    Charitable Gift Annuity Rates Increase
    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 [...]
  • Posted on July 14, 2010

    GRCF - Old School or Hip Happenin'?
    This is Leadership! You will be reading and hearing a great deal more about the Foundation's leadership efforts in the coming months and I hope you enjoy reading the stories and examples. For months, we [...]
  • Posted on July 07, 2010

    Youth Grant Committee Seeks New Members
    Grand Rapids, Michigan. July 2, 2010 – Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Youth Grant Committee (YGC) is hosting an Open House Tuesday, August 3, 6:30-8:00 pm, at Grand Rapids Community Foundation, 185 Oakes SW. Current [...]