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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 February 08, 2010

    What's Your Art? Go to!
    Last April, I called together the CEOs from our area's larger arts and cultural organizations along with our colleagues from the Frey and Steelcase Foundations to discuss the impact of the recession and how they [...]
  • Posted on February 04, 2010

    Donor Advisors: Herb and Glenna Knape
    In 1950, newlyweds Herb and Glenna Knape built a small house on Fisk Lake with one bedroom and a nursery. By 1960, both the house and the family had grown… the house to five bedrooms, [...]
  • Posted on January 11, 2010

    Social networks and philanthropy
    For the past 18 months, I have been an active participant on Twitter and Facebook. Some view this as "who cares what you had for dinner" or "what's the big deal about tracking every moment [...]
  • Posted on December 21, 2009

    Grant Launches Arts Awareness Campaign
    Last spring and summer in two meetings, Grand Rapids Community Foundation gathered local arts leaders to discuss their needs and issues surrounding short-term growth and sustainability in light of the economic downturn. The consensus of [...]
  • Posted on December 16, 2009

    $150,000 in Grants for Economic and Workforce Development
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees recently approved $150,000 in grants that will support local economic and workforce development in 2010. Nonprofits receiving these grant awards include: Grand Valley State University awarded $75,000 for [...]
  • Posted on November 09, 2009

    Area Elementary Schools Honored as Meijer 'Good Schools'
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Meijer Recognize Successful Area Schools with Cash AwardFour Grand Rapids elementary schools received $139,000 in grants from the Meijer Good Schools for Grand Rapids Program, which recognizes area elementary schools demonstrating [...]
  • Posted on November 03, 2009

    Ed Wong Ligda Mural Nears Completion
    Even before Grand Rapids Community Foundation moved into its new home at Grandville and Oakes, a mural by Ed Wong-Ligda was in the plans. In the lobby, near the fireplace, a large open space was [...]
  • Posted on November 01, 2009

    New Photos from 2009 Donor Open House
    Over two days in late October, more than 300 Grand Rapids Community Foundation donors joined in autumn fun at donor open houses. It was the first time we’ve been able to host a donor [...]
  • Posted on September 24, 2009

    ArtPrize: Video and Info About Our Artists
    Grand Rapids Community Foundation is excited to play its part in ArtPrize the international art competition running from September 23 to October 10 in Grand Rapids. We are hosting two very different artists at our [...]