Partners in Community, spring/summer 2024

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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 member Bob Zylstra and his philanthropy journey. We talk with United Methodist Community House about their current and future projects and share a grantmaking report from the Youth Grant Committee. We hope you will be inspired - read the entire magazine here.

How We Give: Prioritizing Philanthropy Through Life's Changes

Bob Zylstra has partnered with the community through different life milestones and taken advantage of a variety of giving strategies along the way. Hear directly from Bob about why he chose certain strategies and why giving back is important to him. Click here to read.

For Youth, By Youth

From its first grant to today, our Youth Grant Committee has awarded more than $1.6 million to local nonprofits with programs supporting youth. Read about the thorough process they use to make grant decisions and what students are saying about their involvement with the YGC. Click here to read.

Your Philanthropic Partner Though Life

Are you starting a new job? Raising children? Growing your career? Celebrating a new marriage or anniversary? Perhaps you are retiring or becoming an empty-nester. We know everyone's life journey looks different, but whatever your current life stage, we’re here to help you consider your short and long-term philanthropic strategies. Click here to read a handful of strategies that may align with your current situation.

United Methodist Community House

In this nonprofit spotlight, learn more about United Methodist Community House, which has been supported by the Community Foundation through various grants and donations, including support from our Donor Advised Funds. Learn more about UMCH's intergenerational model that begins with expanding childcare, as well as the organization's capital campaign by clicking here to read.

More included in the magazine: 

  • An introductory column from LaSandra Gaddy, president and CEO
  • An article exploring the ways the Community Foundation has been working to shift its practices to better support growing capacity and leadership development in nonprofits
  • After 32 years with the Community Foundation, Ruth Bishop has retired as of May 31. We are grateful for her many years of dedication to local students. Read more about Ruth by clicking here.
  • A celebration of our Metz Legacy Society members
  • Updates on the launch of our new grant and donor portals this summer and fall

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