For Our Future
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
2020 - 2021 Annual Report
2020 - 2021
A Letter From Our Leadership
As we approach 2022, the Community Foundation is not only focused on recovery. Our community deserves better than just a return to what was. The time is now to build upon our strengths and lean further into our role as stewards of change in our community, in partnership with many others. Our actions will affect generations to come, so we must get it right this time…
For West Michigan to grow and prosper, we must make sure that everyone can apply their talents and creativity to fuel our future. It is only by connecting across perspectives and overcoming inequities that we can build and sustain an inclusive economy and thriving community.
Our mission is to build and
manage our community’s permanent endowment and lead the community to strengthen the lives of its people. We envision a magnetic and interconnected West Michigan community. We value integrity, excellence, inclusion, sustainability and
People Left Out
Leaders + Doers
Donor + Grant Partnerships
Over the last year, we have built relationships with new nonprofit organizations, community leaders and organizers working tirelessly to nurture sustainable change at grassroots and systems levels. And, we’ve welcomed new philanthropists who have partnered with us in their giving.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s permanent endowment enables us to respond to community needs of today, while managing our long-term ﬁnancial stability to address the ever-changing needs that will arise in the future. We are grateful for the generosity of our donor and volunteer partners, who contribute their ﬁnancial resources and expertise. As stewards of these resources, we are committed to long-term, risk-managed returns and spending practices that align with our commitment to racial, social and economic justice.
It’s easier than ever to be a philanthropist.
Grand Rapids Community Foundation is here to help you accomplish your philanthropic goals. Whether you are interested in giving today or leaving a legacy after your passing, we are here to answer your questions and provide options that work for you. We are thankful to our donor partners for their investment which allows us to address the ever-changing needs in our community. Together with our partners, we are making informed impact in Kent County.
As a foundation based on compassion, community building, diversity, equity and inclusion, we are incredibly grateful for the many ways our staff goes above and beyond to serve the community. Staff, with the Board of Trustees, steward the resources entrusted to Grand Rapids Community Foundation and work to fulfill its mission.