Our Centennial

Grand Rapids Community Foundation
2021 - 2022 Annual Report

A Letter From Our Leadership

One hundred years of care for community using the tools of philanthropy. One hundred years of legacy. One hundred years of partnership and collaboration. One hundred years spent gaining a deeper understanding of equity.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s mark on this community over the last century has been significant, but we will not rest on our successes/wins of the past.

Our Partnerships Have Shaped
Our Past, Present, and Future

100 Years of
Service and Impact

We are grateful for our partners who have given of their time, financial resources and thought partnership to create an organization with the strength and vision to make bold change possible.

Over the last century, the Community Foundation has worked with partners to use philanthropic tools to find solutions to our community’s most pressing issues. Here is a glance at how those resources have been activated, as of June 30, 2022. We know that together, our impact will continue into the future. Learn more about our history at GRFoundation.org/History.


unique nonprofit organizations supported through grant awards


funds established by people to do good in our community forever


awarded in scholarships to over 16,000 students

$25 to $387M

from the first donation to today. People who care about Kent County’s future have built the Community Foundation through their time, financial resources and partnerships


Metz Legacy Society members since our founding, including those who have passed. Each left or is leaving a legacy of love and support to future generations through their estate, will or life income gift


total awarded in grants since 1930

Donor and Grant Partnerships

All over Kent County, individuals, families, nonprofits, companies and communities are partnering with Grand Rapids Community Foundation to achieve their philanthropic goals. We are grateful for their trust and partnership. Through establishing funds, creating planned gifts and giving throughout their lifetimes, our donor and grant partners are investing in today and looking to the future.

Learn more about how to support the causes you care most about at GRFoundation.org.

Data and Financials

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s permanent endowment enables us to respond to current community needs, while managing our long-term financial stability to address the ever-changing needs that will arise in our next century of service and impact. We are grateful for the generosity of donor partners who contribute their financial resources. 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.

Always Learning From Our Partners

Honoring our partners’ expertise and lived experience, we strive to provide a space to amplify their voices. Join the conversation on social media using #GRCF100Years and tag @GRCommFound. Follow us for the latest partner and community news!