Stories

  • 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 [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Gift of Property: Marvin Stahl

    Marvin Stahl was a lot of things, but average wasn’t one of them. His father abandoned him. He dropped out of high school. His 27-year-old wife and fourth child died in childbirth. His lost two [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Donor Advisor: Tom and Mickie Fox

    If you grew up or lived in West Michigan in the 60s through the 80s, you’re sure to remember the voice of Tom Fox. Tom and his wife Mickie owned a number of jewelry stores [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Planned Gift: Lou VanderHave

    The theatre world and a few famous musicians brought us the line, “The show must go on!”  And while it’s not necessarily the line’s intended meaning, this spirit may be used to describe the generosity [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Unrestricted Gift: Allan and Claudia Carlson

    They still remember what it was like to live within a budget. They went on picnics and to the lake with their children, they borrowed books from the library. They also remember the lean times [...]
  • Posted on January 01, 2008 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Planned Gift: Brian Cloyd and Agnes Kempker-Cloyd

    Agnes and Brian met at freshmen orientation at the University of Detroit.  He was from St. Louis and moved to West Michigan after graduation to start his life with Agnes who was from the area.  [...]