Stories

  • Posted on September 08, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Mark Breon

    For Mark Breon, giving back is at the core of who he is and what he believes in. “For as long as I can remember, my parents have given back and empowered others to do [...]
  • Posted on July 01, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    One Hundred New Philanthropists: Brent and Ronda Geers

    Young professionals Brent and Ronda Geers, an attorney and a teacher respectively, are engaged Grand Rapidians. They give back with their time, talent and treasure to a variety of local causes and organizations. Their philanthropic [...]
  • 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 [...]