In August, 2014, Donor Advisors, Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, created Our LGBT Fund , a Field of Interest Fund at the Community Foundation. It was created with a matching gift of $100,000. Through this [...]
Like many people, her family’s influence shaped Laurie Finney Beard’s views about giving. She cites her father, whom she describes as generous with his time and financial support for many charitable organizations, as an important [...]
Ryan, one of our youngest One Hundred New Philanthropists, is discovering the world of philanthropy and recently joined Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s Advisory Council for a two-year term. The Council helps the Board of Trustees [...]
Ada residents and devoted Grand Rapidians, Kathy and Phil Vogelsang support causes that are local, visible and personally meaningful. Their passions lie with medical and educational nonprofits, and, when these intersect with children, they’re willing [...]
Paul and Beth Kelly came to Grand Rapids Community Foundation as donors in 2002. They gave through the Social Venture Investors group, made a planned gift in 2003 and, in 2014, have committed to be [...]
Monica Sparks is passionate about helping women in business and education. “Women have always pumped the unheard heartbeat of the world. We carry the heartache for many, find a way to foster dreams that are dying and provide [...]
Jan Lunquist and Michael May are thoughtful donors and strong advocates for a variety of progressive causes. Their first gift to Grand Rapids Community Foundation was for the AIDS Fund in 1994, and their giving to [...]
Well-rounded might best describe Wendy and Mark Anderson’s philanthropy. They care about a wide range of causes, and both mention Grand Rapids Community Foundation first when talking about giving.
Where do you give?
“Grand Rapids Community Foundation [...]
Colin Chelovich and Molly Tupper Chelovich are motivated to support causes where they have a personal connection. The couple met and fell in love at Butler University. Love, plus the education they received and the [...]
Linda and Tony are the founders and passionate supporters of the Contemporary Writers Series at Aquinas College, their alma mater. Linda, a poet, provided the quotes for this interview. “The idea for the series was [...]
A happy childhood and supportive parents who provided a healthy home life, education and encouragement make CPA Corey Balkon grateful for his upbringing and concerned for kids who have less. “I have always had a [...]
Educational development, economic empowerment and entrepreneurship are causes leadership consultant and motivational speaker Renwick Brutus cares most about. “I support nonprofits that help people become educated, have confidence in their ability to contribute, participate in [...]