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  • Our LGBT Fund: Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik

    Posted on March 30, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Our LGBT Fund: Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik

    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 [...]
  • Posted on December 15, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Laurie Finney Beard

    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 [...]
  • Posted on July 07, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Ryan Slusarzyk

    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 [...]
  • Posted on July 07, 2014 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Phil and Kathy Vogelsang

    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 [...]
  • 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 [...]