Stories

  • Posted on May 29, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Monica Sparks

    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 [...]
  • Posted on May 29, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Wendy and Mark Anderson

    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 [...]
  • Posted on March 18, 2013 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Corey Balkon

    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 [...]
  • Posted on March 18, 2013 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Renwick Brutus

    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 [...]
  • Posted on March 09, 2010 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Donnor Advisors: Arvin and Pearl Tap

    Wanting to be good stewards of the many gifts bestowed upon them, Arvin and Pearl Tap established a private family foundation. For many years, the couple received great pleasure in supporting specific faith-based organizations. Through [...]
  • Posted on February 04, 2010 – Posted by: Roberta King

    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 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Charitable Gift Annuity: Gil and Pat Davis

    Gil and Pat Davis are grateful to live in a city that offers the cultural events they enjoy—theater, opera, libraries. And while they want to support those causes in the future, they have chosen to [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Planned Gift: Perry and Hazel Lawr

    When Hazel Lawr died on June 15, 1998 at the age of 97, she left an estate valued at just over $1 million. She was private, frugal, and kept her eye on her investments—a classic [...]