2021-2022 Annual Report

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Celebrating Our Centennial Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Annual Report 2021 - 2022

Our North Star 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

We envision

We value integrity,

our community’s permanent endowment

a magnetic and

excellence, inclusion,

and lead the community to strengthen

interconnected West

sustainability and

the lives of its people.

Michigan community.

bold aspirations.

Table of Contents


Leadership Letter Diana R. Sieger + Kyle Caldwell


Focused on the Future


Informed by Our Past


Data and Financials Donor Partnerships Grant Partnerships Scholarship Awards


Catalyzing Community Giving

100 Years of Service and Impact

Financials Statement of Position and Activities Fund Listing Memorial, Honor and Estate Gifts


Who We Are Today

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Board of Trustees and Staff

100 New Philanthropists

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Dear Partners and Friends, One hundred years of care for community using the

we’ve learned over the last century have evolved our

tools of philanthropy. One hundred years of legacy.

approach and sharpened our focus. We’re grateful

One hundred years of partnership and collaboration.

for all the individuals, families, nonprofits, community

One hundred years spent gaining a deeper

leaders and more who have kept coming together to

understanding of equity.

create a better community. Here are eight lessons.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s mark on this

The Community Foundation belongs to the

community over the last century has been significant,

community. To that end, you have taught us

but we will not rest on our successes/wins of the past.

the importance of building a more inclusive

Our centennial is more than a commemoration; it’s a

philanthropic culture and practice in Greater

kickoff of a new century of service and impact with

Grand Rapids.

partners like you leading the way. We have taken some time to pause and celebrate the countless individuals, families, nonprofits, community leaders and more who have built Michigan’s oldest community foundation through their resources, skills, networks, influence and

You have taught us that our community benefits from the passion and commitment of philanthropists who represent many different backgrounds and traditions of giving.

dollars. But we won’t stop there. Our sight is set on our

You have taught us that charity and justice are

next century of service and impact in Kent County. And

not interchangeable terms, and that we must focus

we are kicking that off by engaging with community

less on giving money and more on eliminating the

partners in new ways to shape our future focus.

systemic causes of inequity.

Over this past year, we have spent significant time

You have taught us that in many ways our

exploring our history, impact, growth and learning

systems unintentionally prioritized historically white

through the core components of our work together—

systems, voices, experiences, leadership styles and

philanthropy, or care for community; legacy;

preferred processes.

collaboration; and equity. What has resonated most, has been the growth and learning. The lessons

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You have taught us that we have a role to play

Our finance team and Investment Review Committee

in increasing equitable outcomes across systems

have stewarded our $387,098,639 in assets while

by supporting the conditions for a healthier, more

navigating a tumultuous market. Based on our

robust and increasingly resourced ecosystem of

commitment to equitable COVID-19 recovery, we

people of color-led nonprofits and movements.

continue to seek a healthy balance of allocating

You have taught us the importance of investing in systems-level work that addresses the root causes of the issues our community faces.

resources to address current critical community needs while also maintaining our endowment to ensure we can respond to future needs. With the support of partners like you, $15,981,899 has been awarded in grants to

You have taught us that the people closest to the

nonprofits and scholarships to local students through

pain, are also closest to the solutions. So, we listen

Donor Advised, designated, nonprofit, unrestricted

to community members in a variety of ways to inform

(Fund for Community Good), Field of Interest and

our investments and aim to invest in projects that

scholarship funds held at the Community Foundation.

are community-led in voice, scope of work and the iterative process for change.

In this annual report, we share stories of partnerships that demonstrate our approach to trust-based and community-

Most importantly, you have taught us that the

led philanthropy. These stories are just a few examples of

learning never stops.

how our work with partners like you is leading us toward realizing our community’s vision for the future.

Besides the reflection, learning and planning for the next 100 years, this year our partners have been busy

We hope you are as inspired as we are to kick off a

responding to current needs and stewarding our

new century of service and impact together in Kent

resources for the future. We have welcomed 29 new

County. We know that the work we will do in the years

funds, many of which prioritize our organizational

ahead has the potential to have an everlasting impact

commitment to racial, social and economic justice.

on our community.

With deepest appreciation and gratitude,

Diana R. Sieger

Kyle Caldwell


Board Chair

Informed by Our Past

Shirley (Perkins) Daniels

To serve community, it is critical that Grand Rapids Community Foundation learn from our history. The lessons of our past inform our actions as we evolve and new community needs arise.

Grand Rapids Community Foundation was

Ann Cooper was a trustee when the board established

founded in 1922, and we are proud to be Michigan's

a committee to increase representation among

oldest community foundation! Over the last 100

the community being served through Community

years, people who care about Kent County’s future

Foundation grantmaking. This original committee

have built the Community Foundation. Their time,

is the predecessor of today's unrestricted Fund for

financial resources and thought partnership have

Community Good, which invests in partners who

created an organization with the strength and vision

share our commitment to becoming actively anti-racist.

to make bold change possible.

Reflecting on that time, Ann highlights the opportunity

Our partners—donors, nonprofits, leaders, doers and

she and other board members, including Shirley

more—have collaborated with us to bring sustainable

(Perkins) Daniels, saw to fundamentally shift the

change as we champion social justice and work to meet

Community Foundation’s approach to grantmaking.

our community’s evolving needs. We have focused on issues like affordable housing, the AIDS crisis, equitable access to education and so much more.

Here are two examples of how growth, lessons learned and partnerships have shaped the Community Foundation and prepared us for our second century of service and impact. Sowing seeds of community voice in grantmaking As the Community Foundation’s operational capacity grew in its first decades, the roles of staff and volunteer partners shifted. Early on, the Community

“There was not the level of participation in the Community Foundation’s work and decision making that would enrich its contributions to the community and result in improved outcomes. The opportunity was huge—seeking broad and deep connections with knowledgeable community members to learn what the real needs were. I was very proud to work with Shirley on efforts to facilitate the involvement of previously less-involved community members,” Ann said. Years later, we have more opportunities for involvement in grantmaking, especially through community-led funds like Black Legacy Fund, Our LGBTQ Fund and Somos Comunidad Fund. The seeds sown by Ann, Shirley and others have shaped our approach and sharpened our focus on engaging community members.

Foundation’s Board of Trustees controlled much of the decision making. By the late 1980s, full time staff were hired and a strategic direction was set for the organization’s continued growth.

See data for grantmaking this year on pages 28-31.

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"The Community Foundation has brought to my attention organizations that are doing exciting work and filling in gaps that I might not have had the lens to see.” – Emily Loeks

Donor partners demonstrate generations of generosity West Michigan’s tradition of philanthropy runs deep.

“The Community Foundation has been a tremendous

As giving strategies have changed over time, the

resource to each of us, in being able to identify areas

Community Foundation has collaborated with donor

of personal passion and interest, and to be able to draw

partners to create meaningful and impactful gifts.

on the expertise of the staff to make use of those funds

Donor Advised funds have allowed partners to take

in strategic ways. I care deeply about literacy and arts

a personal, hands-on approach by recommending

and culture and the environment and some of the faith

grants to the causes and organizations they care

communities of which I’ve been part. The Community

about. If desired, donor partners can include the

Foundation has brought to my attention organizations

next generation in their grantmaking plan.

that are doing exciting work and filling in gaps that I

In 2003, Jack and Ruth Loeks made a gift that would grow

might not have had the lens to see," she added.

and become the Loeks Family Funds, a group of Donor

The Community Foundation donor partners' passions

Advised funds. Jack and Ruth established successful

and generosity build a foundation of inclusion,

businesses in West Michigan and saw philanthropy as

equity, justice and love. We are filled with gratitude

a way to reinvest in the community. When creating the

for our donor partners, who for a century have made

Loeks Family Funds, Ruth identified her 10 grandchildren

investments for a better tomorrow.​

as successor advisors. They each can recommend grant awards to nonprofit organizations locally and in the places they live. Like many families, they established a legacy of caring through their philanthropic priorities. “In her later years, Ruth introduced each of her grandchildren to the organizations that she found to be doing fine work here. But it wasn’t intended as a direction for our own giving—it was sharing her passions and seeing what it could energize in us,” said Emily Loeks.

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See all funds, including Donor Advised funds, starting on page 36.

"The opportunity was huge—seeking broad and deep connections with knowledgeable community members to learn what the real needs were."

– Ann Cooper

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.

2,500+ 800+ 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

$258,828,205 total awarded in grants since 1930 Learn more about our history at GRFoundation.org/History.

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Who We Are Today

Amyah Thompson, Alejandra Guzman and Steff Rosalez at Grandville Avenue Arts + Humanities

Our North Star: 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.

Today, Grand Rapids Community Foundation is an

Today, we are putting in the work to realize our bold

organization infused by the spirit and passion of

vision for change. We are preparing for tomorrow by

countless partners working together to realize our

growing our resources and deepening our investment

North Star. Our North Star is the direction of our

in efforts led by and for community. We are also

current and future work as we look to overcome the

actively learning from our partners leading the charge

racial, social and economic inequities that persist

in this work.

today and act as barriers to opportunity, prosperity and belonging.

Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, a Community Foundation Trustee and deputy superintendent of preschool-12

While we are not there yet, we have come some way.

learning and leadership for Grand Rapids Public

With this clarity of direction, Community Foundation

Schools, says she sees the shift from traditionally

staff and partners have found inspiration to boldly

charitable practices to more community grounded,

answer the call to be a philanthropic leader ready

social justice practices.

and willing to meet the challenges of today. That means welcoming new relationships, while maintaining relationships with partners who have walked alongside us over the years and bringing them along on the Community Foundation’s equity journey. It’s a delicate dance and does not come without growing pains. It calls for greater transparency, collaboration and increased accountability. It calls for challenging conventional best practices and making room for more just and equitable practices. It also calls for intentional outreach for feedback from those best equipped to create solutions—qualified not just by titles and tenure, but by proximity and lived experience navigating the systemic inequities we are working to eradicate. It’s a shift from the way we have always known to do things. And the results have been transformational.

Dr. Brandy Lovelady Mitchell

"Showing that they're asking that means that you can trust them and having good communication shows trust." – Amyah Thompson

"There's power in who gets to frame issues, who gets

recruiting new members and engaging with community

to frame what's important, who frames a problem

through listening sessions. This ensures their work

and, then, who gets to determine what success or

reflects the current needs of the communities they

impact is," says Brandy. “Grand Rapids Community

represent and serve. From the success of this work,

Foundation has more frequently left the comforts

we are working to steward additional resources to

of their four walls to go to community that have not

level-up our long-term commitment to this approach.

been heard and give them the mic or their platform

We are reimagining our role in harnessing the power

and ask questions and then relatedly try to allocate

of our community to make Kent County a better place

resources. In that is the shift from addressing things

to live for all.

at the surface issue [by] throwing money at stuff and having deeper conversations to identify what are the root issues that are causing these outcomes and then systemically change in order for us not to continuously be in a situation.” The Community Foundation’s efforts over the last three decades were recognized in 2019 with a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, which provided an infusion of funds and allowed us to move forward efforts to strengthen relationships in Black and Latinx communities specifically. Since then, the funds have helped increase staff capacity to support volunteerled committees from Black and Latinx communities. They do the fundamental work of creating charters,

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As we lean further into this approach, we are continuing to learn from nonprofit partners like Grandville Avenue Arts and Humanities and African Resource Center about how to strengthen and sustain our commitment to and practice of community-led and trust-based philanthropy. We have learned from partners like Steff Rosalez, executive director of GAAH, that doing things differently and prioritizing community and trustbuilding starts with being in authentic relationship with the people you are working for and with.

“You can't hear someone fully unless you know them.

to be amazing,” she says. “They always do an amazing

People have different signals and different ways of

job at getting with the community and asking them

communicating and expressing their needs. The

what we need to change. Showing that they're asking

best way to know what someone needs is through

that means that you can trust them and having good

relationships, and we focus on knowing people," says

communication shows trust.”

Steff. "I think a lot of people go into a situation where they're trying to help someone and immediately jump to, ‘What do you need help with?’ instead of asking, ‘Who are you? How can we work together to build a relationship and support each other?’” The team at GAAH has taken the time to get to know community members like student leader Amyah Thompson and local artist and community leader Alejandra Guzman, who can both attest to GAAH’s increased focus on building trust through authentic relationships. Amyah demonstrates a quiet confidence in her leadership and has felt empowered by GAAH, especially through programs like Girl’s Rock! Camp. “I always give my input because I really want this place

“You can't hear someone fully unless you know them. People have different signals and different ways of communicating and expressing their needs."

– Steff Rosalez

Alejandra’s involvement with GAAH started when her daughters started going there and became student leaders. Now that they are grown, she is passionate about volunteering her time and passion to help and teach future leaders in her neighborhood. "For me, I can say they accept you how you are. Where you come from, don't matter. If you speak English, don't speak English, you’re welcome,” she says. “I have come here many times with many things going on in my life, and they always say, 'I welcome you here. What can we do for you?' It's so hard to have somewhere else, but we have here.”

At African Resource Center, trust-based relationships

There have been so many lessons from our community

and honoring the desires of community are especially

of partners that have shaped who we are today. As we

important. The delicate nature of their work ranges

step boldly into a new century of service and equitable

across many immigrant experiences, often including

impact, we are constantly reminded of one of the most

various levels of trauma.

important lessons we’ve learned from partners like

We have learned from Bernard Ayoola, ARC executive director, that trust comes in the form of relationship and collaboration. He says that funders need to come with the mindset of “I may have the financial resources, but you probably have some wisdom that you can

Brandy, Steff, Amyah, Alejandra and Bernard: Doing things differently to bring about systems change may be hard and intimidating. But being open to change – taking time for self-reflection and taking action even when afraid – is transformational.

share with me about your culture, about your values

"Anyone can do it,” says Steff. "Take the time to

and things like that.”

process. Take the time to learn. There are so many

“So when people come to us and say, we want to help you, and they show no interest in understanding the community or in understanding how to be part of the community, people now think, okay, you are just like a vendor, somebody selling some stuff, and then you go away,” Bernard says. “To build trust, and that's part

resources out there. And I think that fear of getting it wrong or even saying something offensive, we've all done it. When I think of myself 15 years ago? Whew, I'm glad that's not on camera! But, it had to happen for things to get where they are now, just like with any learning journey.”

of how we approach that at the African Resource Center—you have to go into the community. There has to be a sense of ownership. That collaboration is very, very important. And I'm not saying that it is easy.”

"I have come here many times with many things going on in my life and they always say, ‘I welcome you here. What can we do for you?’" – Alejandra Guzman

Bernard Ayoola d Ayoola Berna ola Bernard Ay Bernard Ayoola d Ayoola Berna ola Bernard Ay “To build trust, and that's part of how

we approach that at the African Resource

Center—you have to go into the community. There has to be a sense of ownership."

– Bernard Ayoola

100 New Philanthropists

Bryant and Audrey Mitchell + Caitlin and Paul Townsend Lamb at Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Centennial Partner Party

We met our goal of one hundred new philanthropists— and they exceeded our expectations. A decade ago, Grand Rapids Community Foundation set out to usher in our centennial with a diverse group of donor and volunteer partners. These partners give their time, talent, treasure and testimony and have provided valuable feedback and direction with their individual and collective commitment to our community's future.



members. We welcomed 111 donor partners to the program before beginning our centennial year celebrations.

of cohort members joined 100 New Philanthropists as new donor partners to the Community Foundation.



giving today. Collectively, 100 New Philanthropists have pledged gifts of more

organizations in Kent County benefit from the

than $275,000 to the Community Foundation, based on a minimum commitment of $500 per individual or pair for five years.

time and expertise of 100 New Philanthropists’ commitment as volunteers.

Nearly $1,300,000 in total lifetime giving to the Community Foundation from all 100 New Philanthropist members. 2021 - 2022 Annual Report | 1 9

Focused on the Future

Participant at Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Community Listening Kickoff

Our relationships will help us best respond to current pressing issues. Our partners help us to be more of who we have always wanted to be, the community’s foundation.

Facing tragedy, hardships and insurmountable pain

The Community Foundation knows we must work

during a global pandemic and racial reckoning gave

together to reinvest and reimagine how we move

Grand Rapids Community Foundation a rare and

into our collective future, so everyone who calls Kent

precious opportunity to start anew and focus on

County home has safety, opportunity, prosperity and

the future. As we enter a new century of service

a true sense of belonging.

and impact, our community deserves better than a continuation of what was. During our next century, the Community Foundation will build upon our strengths, intentionally integrate lessons learned from our community history, keep learning from our partners and lean further into our role as stewards of change in our community.

Before reaching out to community and asking for donations or thought partnership in return, some of our committees began to model the trust required for a reciprocal relationship between funders and the broader nonprofit ecosystem. Our Black Legacy and Somos Comunidad Fund awarded grant partnerships to local organizations to build relationships. While

Who we are as a community foundation is still core—

$126,000 in grant awards cannot erase a history of

we aim to be adaptive and responsive to community

disinvestment, the committees felt it was important

needs. Our relationships will help us best respond

to demonstrate gratitude and offer something to

to current pressing issues. Our partners help us to

organizations led by and serving Black and Latinx

be more of who we have always wanted to be, the

communities, before engaging in community listening.

community’s foundation.

Then, these committees and Our LGBTQ Fund, another fund with a volunteer-led committee, intentionally

Calling for change

engaged with communities they represent through

The best way we know to create greater impact is through

structures and policies moving forward. These

relationships and deep partnerships, especially with

engagements are not a single moment in our history,

those community members closest to the pain points

but rather demonstrate the posture of openness and

in Kent County. Recently, the Community Foundation

adaptability the committees expect to ingrain into the

embarked on several projects to invite feedback.

fabric of the Community Foundation moving forward.

feedback sessions to inform their grantmaking

Some were broad reaching; others focused on specific topics. All the engagement opportunities were born from a desire to acknowledge harm and begin to repair relationships with historically excluded communities.

See more information about these funds on page 31.

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Listening to partners Another group of partners who have been walking

She is passionate about a balanced approach to

alongside the Community Foundation and challenging

philanthropy that meets the needs of smaller,

us to think about our future focus is our 100 New

emerging nonprofits and movements, while also

Philanthropists. These committed philanthropists

supporting anchor organizations. Her vision for

have diverse perspectives yet share a common desire

our community’s future is to see an equitable shift

to make Kent County a thriving place for everyone.

in resources and leadership. “When our destiny is

They hold a variety of passions and unique purposes

not defined by our zip code, our race or our gender

but know that their collective impact can make a

identity, then we all have similar access to opportunity

difference as we move forward together.

and to making wealth,” she says. “But there are a lot of blockades that need to be knocked down that are not

Lucy Dyer Joswick is one of those 100 New

individual, but systemic.”

Philanthropists. For Lucy, committing to giving today and through a planned gift, volunteering and sharing her story was an easy yes. “I was really taught growing up that it is the social responsibility of all of us to take care of each other,” she said. “That’s how

Learn more about 100 New Philanthropists on pages 18-19.

I think of philanthropy, whether it is giving your time or your money (if you have that to give).” Lucy trusts the Community Foundation to help her advance her personal interests, while also allowing her to be part of something bigger than her individual giving.

Panelists at the Community Foundation's Community Listening Kickoff

"I don’t know if you know any resources on campus, but here is how I found my home away from home." – Ermelinda Pedro

Learning from young leaders As a leader, volunteer and activist Ermelinda Pedro

Ermelinda brings her experience as a volunteer on the

uses her resources to connect those around her

Challenge Scholars Dream Fund Advisory Committee.

with the resources they need to thrive. As a junior

She uses her perspective as a member of the first

at Michigan State University pursuing a degree in

Challenge Scholars cohort and current college

criminal justice and environmental health, she has

student to think about how the grant dollars and

pursued opportunities to empower students like

strategic approach will impact students.

her. Ermelinda helps plan an annual conference to bring awareness to Latinx communities, especially Latinas, where they talk abut health, education and community. She also provides welcome to other first generation Challenge Scholars attending MSU. Ermelinda is bringing awareness to new ways to make sure students can succeed. “I just wish before I came here, I already knew what resources I had,” she says. Ermelinda reaches out to new students to make sure they know about financial resources, but also knows that their sense of belonging and community on campus is important. She is proud of her Guatemalan heritage and wants to make sure that students of color feel connected and welcomed when entering new environments. She lets them know, “I don’t know if you know any resources on campus,

Ermelinda believes that in the future the Community Foundation and the broader community should continue to focus on supporting students of color, especially in accessing opportunities for higher education. She challenges systems to think about dismantling barriers not just through scholarships but also in ways that support individual circumstances like students who want to support their families while pursuing a degree. Voices like Ermelinda and Lucy’s encourage the Community Foundation to think about financial resources as well as opportunities to leverage additional resources. These resources include staff expertise, flexibility, community relationships and even vulnerability about the lessons we have learned in our 100-year history.

but here is how I found my home away from home.”

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Casting a community vision Throughout this centennial year, our community vision

This process demonstrates one way we’re inviting

casting project has spread a wide net for inviting

more feedback and input directly from community

community feedback into our future. The Community

members. The portal for casting vision statements

Foundation has been gathering stories and aspirations

is open through the end of 2022, but the posture

to understand our community’s collective vision for

of openness and receptivity is a practice we are

the future of Kent County. This will inform our work

cementing into our framework. The Community

in our next century of service and impact. One with

Foundation is humbly looking to the future, knowing

a deeper, more sustainable commitment to racial,

that we will not always get it right, but hoping that

social and economic justice. One where everyone in

community will join us and hold us accountable

our community has equitable access to opportunity,

toward our future vision.

prosperity and belonging. One that is informed by the people who live, work, play and love here.

People from all over Kent County are invited to share their voice and vision for the future of our community. These visions will help inform the Community Foundation’s next century. Record your 100-second video by December 31, 2022, at GRFoundation.org/Vision. Video not for you? Head to GRFoundation.org/Centennial for other ways to get involved with the community vision project.

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"I was really taught growing up that it is the social responsibility of all of us to take care of each other. That’s how I think of philanthropy."

– Lucy Dyer Joswick

Data and Financials

Donor 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 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.


donor partners joined our Metz Legacy Society by including the Community Foundation in their will or estate plans or by creating a life income gift.


new funds established, each with its own purpose and meaning.

Somos Comunidad Fund established. This community-led fund will invest in efforts toward the transformation of Latinx communities.

Gifts From Donor Partners

$25.4M in new gifts from generous donor partners

$13M of those new gifts went to Donor Advised funds

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Grant Partnerships Grand Rapids Community Foundation allocates resources, implements initiatives and invites partnerships that seek to advance racial, social and economic justice in Kent County. Together with community partners, we strive to connect people, passion and resources to respond to community needs. Learn more about our grant partnerships and how to apply for them at GRFoundation.org/Grants.

Grants and Scholarships


awarded in grants and scholarships


$7,705,945 awarded from Donor Advised funds


$3,626,051 awarded from Fund for Community Good and Field of Interest funds

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$3,198,086 awarded from Designated, Agency + Special Project funds


$1,451,817 awarded in scholarships

Grants Authorized Engagement




$4,072,907 | 25%

$3,668,291 | 23%

$3,195,038 | 20%

$2,060,506 | 13%


Economic Prosperity



$1,451,817 | 9%

$847,541 | 5%

$635,609 | 4%

$50,190 | 0%

Unrestricted and Field of Interest Resources Our grantmaking strategy prioritizes organizations that lead with equity and/or are led by people of color. We define led by people of color as: People of color are a majority in three or more of the following categories: founder(s), executive director, leadership team, board of directors, volunteers and staff.



in unrestricted resources raised from gifts of 453 donor partners to support organizations who share our commitment to becoming actively anti-racist.

of the $3.3 million in grants awarded through the Fund for Community Good Advisory Committee supported the work of organizations led by people of color. 2021 - 2022 Annual Report | 2 9

Scholarship Awards

$1.45M awarded in scholarships to Kent County students.





general scholarship awards

Challenge Scholars awarded scholarship funds during 2021-2022


of all scholarships awarded to first-generation students. of all scholarships awarded to students of color.

scholarships awarded:

Challenge Scholars Class of 2022

Challenge Scholars from the Class of 2022 are attending Grand Rapids Community College, Grand Valley State University, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University!


seniors were eligible for four-year scholarships.

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students benefited from holistic supports made available through Challenge Scholars.

Catalyzing Community Giving Through a grant award from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, our Black Legacy and Somos Comunidad funds’ advisory committees are reimagining philanthropic relationships in our community and striving to build trust with communities they serve. In 2022, engagement sessions were held to invite feedback from community and inform future grantmaking strategies.



total was awarded to 20 organizations as relationship building grants from Black Legacy Fund.

introductory grants totaling $26,000 were awarded from Somos Comunidad Fund, including 10 grassroots groups who were not 501(c)(3) organizations and used fiduciaries.



of the groups funded by Black Legacy Fund and Somos Comunidad Fund were new grant partners with the Community Foundation.

for a grant co-investment from Black Legacy Fund, Our LGBTQ Fund and Somos Comunidad Fund was awarded to Urban Core Collective as the fiduciary to distribute to community organizers and activists working for justice for Patrick Lyoya. 61 individual community organizers were supported through these funds.

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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.

Assets By Fund Type As of June 30, 2022

Unrestricted Funds

Scholarship Funds

$110,260,128 | 28.5%

$36,450,975 | 9.4%

Donor Advised Funds

Community Funds

$108,050,874 | 27.9%

$27,120,128 | 7.0%

Designated and Nonprofit Funds

Operating/Special Project + Initiatives/Building

$48,595,771 | 12.6%

$9,809,771 | 2.5%

Field of Interest Funds


$46,810,992 | 12.1%

$387,098,639 | 100.0%

Asset Allocation – Balanced Plus Pool As of June 30, 2022

Global Equity

67% Global Fixed Income

14.3% Diversifying Strategies (Absolute Return)

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Real Assets (Real Estate, Natural Resources, Infrastructure)

6.2% Cash

3.2% Private Debt


Percentage of Investment Portfolio Managed by Minority/Women-Owned Business Enterprise Certified Managers As of June 30, 2022


47.5% 2021






Vendor Spending – 3-Year Comparison By business classification*











Small Business












2020 *Some businesses meet multiple classifications. Information is self-reported.

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Statement of Financial Position As of June 30, 2022

Assets Cash and Investments, at Market Value


Beneficial Interests in Perpetual Trusts


Split-Interest Agreements Receivable


Gifts and Pledges Receivable


Notes Receivable


Property, Furniture and Equipment, Net of Accumulated Depreciation


Other Receivables


Reinsurance Contracts


Cash Surrender Value of Life Insurance


Total Assets


Liabilities and Net Assets Accounts Payable


Grants and Scholarships Payable


Charitable Gift Annuities Payable


Funds Held on Behalf of Nonprofit Endowments


Total Liabilities


Total Net Assets


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Statement of Activities As of June 30, 2022

Revenues and Gains/(Losses) Contributions


Investment Income/(loss) Net of Fees


Change in Fair Value of Charitable Gift Annuities and Split-Interest Agreements Add: Amounts Allocable to Nonprofits Total Revenues and Gains/(Losses)

($1,028,094) $746,252 ($18,205,883)

Grants and Expenses Grants and Scholarships Authorized Community Initiatives and Fund Program Expenses

$15,981,899 $266,127

Charitable and Philanthropic Expenses


Other Operating Expenses


Less: Amounts Allocable to Nonprofits


Total Grants and Expenses


Change in Net Assets


Net Assets, Beginning of Year


Net Assets, End of Year


Audited financials have been given an unmodified opinion by our auditors Plante & Moran PLLC. If you would like a copy of the full audit, please call Grand Rapids Community Foundation at 616.454.1751 or visit our website GRFoundation.org/About.

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Fund Listing 2021-2022 Donor Partnerships

Community Funds Cascade Community Foundation Fund Joyce and Tom Wisner Fund East Grand Rapids Community Foundation Fund Hudsonville-Jenison Community Foundation Fund Hudsonville-Jenison Community Foundation - Youth Fund Wayne D. Jones Community Fund Gordon Scripps Fund Katherine and Olivia Veldink Memorial Scholarship Fund Ionia County Community Foundation Fund

Ionia County Parks Preservation and Maintenance Fund

Saranac Community Schools Scholarship Fund

Ionia Free Fair Fund

Rob and Ruth Simmons University of Michigan Scholarship Fund

Ionia Public Schools Scholarship Fund Lakewood Educational Foundation Fund Paul and Alberta Allen Scholarship Fund for Lakewood High School

W. W. Sprague Family Fund

William R. and Jewel H. Eckstrom Future Teachers Scholarship for Lakewood High School

Swartz Family Fund

Chuck Henney (husband of Pam, son of Wayne and Dorothy) Memorial Scholarship Fund Ward and Elaine Van Laanen Teaching Scholarship for Lakewood High School Bea McCarty Family Fund

Belding Area Community Fund*

James and Teresa McCarty Family Fund

Belding Education Fund

Kenneth and Shirley Morris Memorial Scholarship Fund

Alvah N. Belding Library Fund Belding Schools Fund George H. Bird Scholarship

Dolly Parton Imagination Library Fund – ICCF Patricia L. Bradley Fund

Burger Fund

Portland Community Fund

Frost Renaissance Foundation Fund

George W. Romney Fund - Enrich of Ionia County Volunteer Center

Don and Emma Goodell Scholarship Fund Thomas F. and Rosalyn M. Kohn Scholarship The Belrockton Fund William and Jewel Eckstrom Helping Hand Fund Healthy Youth & Healthy Seniors Fund Ionia County Community Foundation - Youth Fund

Ben A. & Lucy C. Simons Memorial Education Fund

Saranac Community Schools Paul and Alberta Allen Scholarship Fund for Saranac High School Edwin A. and Maxine Cahoon Compagner Memorial Fund Thomas P., Della and George Eddy Scholarship Fund Saranac Community Schools Promise Scholarship Fund

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Ronald and Margaret Story Fund

The Lowell Area Community Fund Sparta Community Foundation Fund Glenn S. Bradford Fund Clare and Helen Finch Fund Paul C. and Inez L. Miller Fund Sparta Community Foundation Youth Fund Wyoming Community Foundation Fund Tommy Brann Fund John and Margaret Kuiper Family Fund Matthew Scothorn Memorial Fund Wyoming Community Foundation Youth Fund

Designated and Nonprofit Funds Actors’ Theatre Company Endowment Fund Alano Club of Kent County Endowment Fund American Red Cross Agency Endowment Fund Anonymous Funds (4)

Arbor Circle Endowment Fund

Cherry Health Fund

Douglas B. Wicks Fund

Aquinas College Frey Scholars Fund

Children’s Advocacy Center of Kent County Endowment Fund

Grand Rapids Lions Club Activities Commission Fund

Christian Rest Home Foundation Fund

Grand Rapids Maya Lin “Ecliptic” Art Maintenance Endowment Fund

The Arc Kent County Endowment Fund John Arnold Endowment Fund for Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank

City of Grand Rapids Affordable Housing Fund*

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired Endowment Fund

Comprehensive Therapy Center Endowment Fund

Association of Fundraising Professionals West Michigan Chapter Fund

Dr. Edwin P. and Florence H. Creaser Fund

John Ball Zoological Society Wildlife Conservation Endowment Fund

Rita Didrichsons Fund*

Frank and Ann Battistella Grand Rapids Art Museum Fund

David G. Dvorak, MD Scholarship Fund Dwelling Place Fund

Grand Rapids Public Library Foundation Fund Grand Rapids Symphony Foundation Endowment Fund Grand Rapids Symphony Mosaic Scholarship Fund Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Endowment Fund Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Harry Dolan Camp O’Malley Scholarship Fund

Baxter Community Center Endowment Fund

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids Endowment Fund

August and Anna Behrens Fund for Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore

George E. and Erma C. Evans Designated Fund for the Salvation Army

Melinda M. Bendall Domestic Cat Benefit Fund*

Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids Fund

Grandville Athletic Boosters Endowment Fund

Gerald R. Ford Council Boy Scouts of America Fund

Grandville Calvin Christian Schools Foundation Fund

Frey Foundation Grand Rapids Symphony Endowment Fund

GROW Bonnie Miller Endowment Fund

Edward J. Frey Junior Achievement Fund

Guardian Angel Homes Fund for People with Disabilities

Edward J. & Frances T. Frey Memorial Fund for St. Mark’s Episcopal Church

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Endowment Fund

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Park Maintenance and Improvement Fund Joe Taylor Park

Karl Hascall Variety Club Fund

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks’ Park Maintenance and Improvement Fund Pleasant Park

Hudsonville Christian School Foundation Fund

CASA of Kent County Endowment Fund City of Belding Park Maintenance Fund Lois A. Birch Kalman Fund D. A. Blodgett - St. John’s Endowment Fund D. A. Blodgett - St. John’s Scholarship Fund Estate of Minnie C. Blodgett for Clinic for Infant Feeding The Ivan K. Blough Greater Lowell Chamber Foundation Scholarship Fund Calvin College Service Learning Center Fund Camp Blodgett Endowment Fund Camp Fire - Harriet D. and Mary Dively Fund Camp Fire – WoHeLo Fund Camp Henry Endowment Fund Catherine’s Health Center Fund Cedar Springs Education Foundation Fund Center for Community Leadership Fund

Girls Choral Academy Endowment Fund Godwin’s Golden G, Inc. Education Fund Grand Rapids Adventist Academy Merit Fund Grand Rapids Ballet Agency Endowment Fund Grand Rapids Chapter of the American Guild of Organists Endowment Fund Grand Rapids Children’s Museum Fund Grand Rapids Civic Theatre Endowment Fund Grand Rapids Jaycees Foundation

Grand River Conservation Easement Stewardship Fund

Home Repair Services Endowment Fund

*New fund fiscal year 2021-2022

Humane Society of West Michigan Agency Endowment Fund

Leonard and Eileen Newman Designated Fund

Unity Christian High School Education Support Fund

Humane Society of West Michigan Elsie Eggebrecht Fund

Noorthoek Academy Endowment Fund

Wege Wealthy Theatre Fund

Northview Education Foundation Endowment Fund

West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology Fund

Opera Grand Rapids Fund

West Michigan Dental Foundation Fund

Opera Grand Rapids Fund - Betty Van Andel Fund

West Side Christian School Fund

Humane Society of West Michigan - Clarence and Catherine Thielman Endowment Fund Allen I. and Helen J. Hunting Research and Innovation Fund for the Grand Valley State University, Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute Allen I. and Helen J. Hunting Reserve Fund to Support River Restoration Indian Trails Camp - Cabin Fund Indian Trails Camp - Paul Clark Blanding Memorial Scholarship Fund Indian Trails Camp Endowment Fund Jenison Christian School Endowment Fund Jenison Public Education Foundation Fund

Padnos Family Temple Emanuel Fund for Cantorial and Education Services* Parkinson’s Association of West Michigan Endowment Fund Rosa Parks Sculpture Maintenance Fund

Widowed Persons Service Fund Women’s Resource Center Founder’s Circle Endowment Fund World Affairs Council of West Michigan Endowment Fund

Pilgrim Manor Endowment Fund

Wyoming Public Schools Educational Fund

Charlotte M. Raniville Fund for the Benefit of Mary Free Bed Guild

YWCA Women and Girls Development Fund in Honor of Judy Lloyd

Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) Fund Rochelle Rollenhagen Endowment Fund for Lamont Civic Association

Donor Advised Funds The ACH Fund

Laureen Kennedy Child Care Fund

George W. Romney Fund - Heart of West Michigan United Way Volunteer Center

Kenowa Hills Education Foundation Fund

Rotary Club of Lowell Foundation Fund

Robert N. and Catherine R. Alt Family Fund

Kent County Agricultural Preservation Fund

Charles L. and Stella A. Royce Fund for the benefit of St. Cecilia Music Society

Andrulis Family Fund

Kent District Library Fund

Safe Haven Ministries, Inc. Endowment Fund

Hoyt Edward and Mary Ann Kremer Memorial Fund Ladies Literary Club Fund for Literacy Center of West Michigan LCTV Endowment Fund Look Memorial Fund Lowell Area Historical Museum Endowment Fund Lowell Area Schools Education Foundation Endowment Fund

David G. and Mary L. Annis Family Fund Anonymous Advised Funds (9)

St. Cecilia Music Society Building Endowment Fund

La Familia de Baker-Reyes Foundation Fund

Senior Meals on Wheels of Western Michigan Fund

James and Shirley Balk Family Fund

Senior Neighbors Agency Fund Senior Neighbors Fund Douglas Leon Spalding Memorial Fund Spirit of Solidarity Fund

William S. Martens Hundred Club Fund

Nellie H. Stevens Grand Rapids Teachers’ Travel Fund

Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Barbara Hoffius Pediatric Fund

Kathryn and Dennis Sullivan Charitable Fund

Ronald McDonald House Fund

The Kathy Timmer Specialized Language Development Learning Center Memorial Fund

Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan Fund

Martin J. and Susan J. Allen Family Fund

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Martin and Melissa Balk Family Fund The Banks Family Charitable Fund Kip and Chris Barber Fund Robert and Mary Barss Fund Laurie Finney Beard Family Fund John R. Bertsch Fund John and Claire Bissell Advised Fund Matthew and Vicki Bissell Advised Fund Glen and Betsy Borre Fund Bjork Bradford Donor Advised Fund

John and Thea Brophy Family Fund

Michael and Valerie Feehan Fund

Thomas E. and Geraldine K. Hogan Fund

The Moore Brower Charitable Fund

Gerald and Jane Feldman Family Fund

Earl and Donnalee Holton Advised Fund

Troy and Jennifer Butler Family Fund

First National Bank of Michigan Charitable Fund

Ken and June Holtvluwer Fund

The Butts Fund* Allan R. and Claudia A. Carlson Advised Fund

Ruth D. Fitzgerald Charitable Fund Flowerland Fund

David M. and Cara V. Cassard Fund

Fortunate Fund

Center for Systemic Change Advised Funds (2)

Founder’s Fund

Doug and Peggy Hoogerhyde Fund David and Marilyn Hunting Fund Margaret P. Idema Fund William and Beatrice Idema Fund J & N Fund

Chardoul Family Giving Fund

Tom and Mickie Fox Family Advised Fund

Chris-Tina Fund

The Freihofer Family Fund

Mike and Sue Jandernoa Advised Fund

Roger and Sally Ciapara Donor Advised Fund

Frey Foundation Fund I

JCT Donor Advised Fund

Frey Foundation Fund II

Sarah and Mike Julien Fund

Charles R. and Bette Fuller Family Fund

Andy and Christina Keller Fund

Furniture Manufacturers’ Heritage Advised Fund

Linn Maxwell Keller Donor Advised Fund

Peter C. and Emajean Cook Fund Richard C. and Shirley E. Cooper Advised Fund

C. John Gill and Rita Williams Family Fund

Courtade-DeLessio Family Fund

Richard and Elizabeth Gillett Family Fund

John and Melinda Kopec Fund

Gene and Tubie Gilmore Fund

David and Phyllis Koslow Fund

Bing and Jean Goei Family Fund*

Matthew Kutsche Memorial Fund

Greenridge Dream Team Foundation Fund

Lafayette Fund

Darooge Family Charitable Fund Mary and Bob Darrow Fund

Jamie Hale Memorial Fund

Robert J. and Katherine M. Daverman Fund

Hascall Family Donor Advised Fund

Colliers International Fund Fred G. and Kathy A. Cook

Crawford and Laurie Craft Family Fund Robert and Julia Currier Family Fund Patrick and Nanci Dalton Family Fund

Holly Cope Jacoby Fund

Keith and Kathryn Klingenberg Family Fund Herbert and Glenna Knape Family Fund

Bill and Karen Lawrence Family Fund* Norm and Marilyn Leven Family Fund LGR Sweeter Impact Fund

DCB Family Fund

Janet A. Haynes and Kelsey Haynes Advised Fund

Douglas DeBoer Memorial Fund

Hebrews 13:16 Fund

Eleanor Hager Defoe Fund

Heerspink Family Advised Fund

Andy Lubbers Memorial Fund for Mental Health

DeLapa Family Fund

The David and Cathy Heldt Charitable Fund

Dr. Jack and Katy Lukens Family Fund

Elizabeth Tinney Donley Fund Beth Dornan Family Fund for Good* Dyer-Ives Neighborhood Fund The Ebenezer Fund Dave and Amy Engbers Family Foundation Fund Engen Family Fund Gail and James Fahner Family Fund*

Michael and Kate Herrema Foundation Fund The Heuschkel Family Fund in Memory of Emilie Beverly and William Heyne Fund Hildenbrand Community Fund Stuart and Barbara Hoffius Family Fund

Loeks Family Funds (10) Andy Lubbers Be NICE Memorial Fund

Judson M. and Lynn E. Lynch Family Advised Fund Eugene G. and Jean P. Lyons Family Fund M & M Fund Patricia A Macholan and Thomas R Macholan Fund* *New fund fiscal year 2021-2022

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The Mackay Charitable Fund

Louis Padnos Iron & Metal Company Fund

Malcolm/Magolan Family Fund

Padnos/Sarosik Fund

Mankoff Family Fund

Paine and McGovern Family Fund

Chester and Elaine Maternowski Family Fund

Chris and Joan Panopoulos Family Fund

Barbara Mayo-Johnson Donor Advised Fund Ray McCahill Family Fund John R. and Betsy W. McIntyre Family Fund

Park Avenue Partners (2) James and Linda Payne Family Foundation Fund Peterson Memorial Fund Dan and Sara Peterson Family Fund

Nancy and Doug Slade Dynamic Donor Advised Fund Sligh Memorial Fund Richard E. Smoke Advised Fund Dr. Lisa Sostecke Fund William E. and Norma Sprague Charitable Fund N. Jene Stella Memorial Fund George Stoutin and David Heilman Fund The Supp Family Donor Advised Fund

McKania, Too Fund

Virgil and Louise Phelps Advised Fund

Kendall Meijer Charitable Fund

Pimm Donor Advised Fund

Dr. Alfred B. Swanson and Dr. Genevieve de Groot Swanson Advised Fund

Liesel Litzenburger Meijer Fund

Jeff and Julia Poole Family Fund

Arvin L. and Pearl M. Tap Fund

Daniel W. Miller and Susan L. Wright-Miller Fund

Brent & Page Rector Charitable Fund

Bradley J. and Jennifer J. Taylor Family Fund

Paul C. and Inez L. Miller Fund Kim S. Mitchell Donor Advised Fund Gordon and Janet Moeller Fund Aaron and Cheryl Molhoek Family Fund Moore Family Advised Fund Louis H. & Nancy A. Moran II Fund Dick and Barb Musser Family Fund C. Robert and Patricia Muth Fund The Myers Family Fund Khan and Liza Nedd Family Fund Ogland-Hand Family Fund Terrence and Maureen O’Rourke Fund Daniel and Susan Oumedian Family Fund Patricia P. and Armen G. Oumedian Family Fund

Betsy and Mike Redman Family Fund Richenthal and Sage Family Fund

Mike and Sue Taylor Fund

Rimbaud Fund

Steele A. and Mary D. Taylor Advised Fund

Leonard and Karen Rinke Fund

Timothy Fund

River City Fund

Wayne Titche Fund

Roach Family Fund

Colleen and Bob Tobin Family Fund

Richard Roane and Leandro Robles Families Donor Advised Fund

Daniel and Alice Trapp Family Advised Fund

L.R. and Marjorie Roegge Donor Advised Fund

Jeff and Margaret Tuori Family Fund

Dr. Jack and Lija Romence Children’s Fund

Anne Heyboer Vander Heide Fund Simon and Mary Vander Kooy Fund

Michael and Christina Rosloniec Family Fund

Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family Fund

Roth Family Fund

Stan and Jackie Vander Roest Fund

Charles and Stella Royce Fund for the Arts

James and Almeda Vander Waals Foundation Fund

E. Alan Rumbaugh Advised Fund

Andy and Tracy Van Solkema Family Fund

S. Kaibab Fund Sadler Family Fund Angela Schipper Fund

John and Sue Walton Fund Warner Norcross & Judd Fund

The Sebastian Foundation Fund*

Waters Corporation/Cassard Family Donor Advised Fund

Skoog Rogers Fund*

Wellcome Opportunity Fund

Jack Jr. and Lori Skoog Family Fund II

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West Michigan Edward Jones Foundation Fund Robert and Deborah White Fund Whitsett Family Fund W.K. Kellogg Foundation Trustee Donor Advised Funds (2)

David and Kay Wagner Fund for Challenge Scholars

Robert D. Mieras Fund for Dance and Music

Kenneth H. and Margaret L. Childs Fund for Education

Gordon and Janet Moeller, Food Security Fund

Bruce Alexis Cornelius Memorial Fund for Mental Health Agencies

Needy Children Field of Interest Fund Norma Olsen Fund for Abused Children

Kate Pew Wolters Fund

George M. and Lucinda Ann Edison Memorial Trust Fund

Wood/Willey Family Fund

Emma Sherwood Evans Trust Fund

Kevin Yon Creative Fund

Charles Evenson Fund for the Environment

Leonard and Eileen Newman Fund for the Arts

William S. Folz Fund for Cancer Research

Our LGBTQ Fund

Dick and Barbara Young Fund Zack Family Fund

Field of Interest Funds Kathryn L. Adamson Fund for Children Kathryn L. Adamson Fund for the Elderly George M. Ames Fund Lucy E. Barnett Trust for the Elderly John, Margaret and Maryellen Berry Fund Black Legacy Fund

Fund for Arts and Social Engagement Fund for Economic Prosperity Fund for Education Alicent Epps Jasperse Memorial Fund for Academic Achievement Fund for the Environment

Estate of Annette Richards Martin and Eileen Shedleski Family Fund* Somos Comunidad Fund*

Fund for Neighborhoods

SVI - Social Venture Investors Fund

Healthy Youth & Healthy Seniors Fund

Kenneth M. Sweers Fund for the Homeless

Louise J. Johnson Fund

Arthur H. Holmes Handicap Fund

Gordon and Mary Bowman Fund

Homeless Prevention Endowment Fund

Armand F. and Gretchen B. Burch Fund

Mary I. and David D. Hunting Family Fund

James and Shirley Balk Family Fund for Challenge Scholars

The Dunes Resort Fund

Kathryn and Dennis Sullivan Charitable Fund

Cecilia Hoagland Fund for Local Veterans

Challenge Scholars Funds

Balas Sellman Fund

Fund for Health

The Jubilee Fund in Honor and Memory of Ardie Lee Burger, Sr.*

Cherry (Mrs. James) Carpenter Fund for Children

The George and Kaye Wilsted Fund for Children

Hydro-Chem Systems Fund for Children* Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Fund for Healthcare and Community Health

Patricia Haan Timmer Fund for Downtown Charities Youth Enrichment Fund* Youth Field of Interest Fund

Operating/Special Project Funds Administrative Fund

Ken, Melinda and Andrew Krei Youth Fund

Charitable Gift Annuity Funds (37)

Ladies Literary Club Fund for Literary Arts

Tom and Mickie Fox Building Endowment Fund

Dr. Sandra Last Challenge Scholarship*

David B. and Susan D. Lipner Fund for Challenge Scholars

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Reserve Fund

Duncan Littlefair Literary Fund for Children

Special Project Funds

John & Suzie Mackeigan Fund for Challenge Scholars

The J. Leslie Livingston Memorial Fund

Building Campaign Fund

William H. and Inetta P. Martindill Fund

Catalyzing Community Giving

Molly Bradshaw Fund for Challenge Scholars Hill Machinery Fund for Challenge Scholars

Armen Oumedian Challenge Scholars Fund

*New fund fiscal year 2021-2022

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Challenge Scholars Dream Fund

Bob and Aileen Elliott Scholarship Fund

Kent County COVID-19 Recovery Fund

Virginia Valk Fehsenfeld Scholarship Fund

Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund Rosa Parks Sculpture Project

Scholarship Funds

FredK Scholarship Fund* Melbourne and Alice E. Frontjes Scholarship Fund Carolyn Gallmeyer Fund

Altrusa Scholarship Fund

Mathilda Gallmeyer Scholarship Fund

Anonymous Scholarship Funds (3)

General Scholarship Fund

Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids Scholarship Fund

Grand Rapids Chamber ATHENA Eileen DeVries Scholarship Fund

Noyes L. Avery, Jr. and Ann E. Avery Scholarship Fund

Grand Rapids Combined Theatre Scholarship Fund

Black Men Building Resources Scholarship Fund

Grand Rapids Scholarship Association Fund

John T. and Frances J. Maghielse Scholarship Fund Horning Marshall Scholarship for the University of Michigan Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Scholarship Fund The Joshua Esch Mitchell Aviation Scholarship Fund Robert L. and Hilda Treasure Mitchell Scholarship Fund Harry J. Morris Jr. Emergency Services Education Scholarship Fund NAIFA West Michigan Scholarship Fund Dr. Patricia E. Newby Close Up Scholarship Fund Northouse Nursing Scholarship Fund

Grand Rapids University Prep Founders’ Scholarship

Peggy (Kommer) Novosad Scholarship Fund

Hackett Family Scholarship Fund

Olson Family Scholarship Fund

Fred, Miriam, Bob, and Fritz Briscoe Scholarship Fund

Guy D. and Mary Edith Halladay Trust Fund

Armen Oumedian Challenge Scholars Fund

Harry J. Brown and Lucille B. Brown Scholarship Fund

Hill Machinery Fund for Technology Scholars

Forrest Arthur Pletcher Memorial Fund

Orrie and Dorothy Cassada Scholarship Fund

Donald and Florence Hunting Memorial Fund

Llewellyn L. Cayvan String Instrument Scholarship Fund

The Jack Family Educational Fund

Armando “Frank” Quaglia Veterans Scholarship

John M. and Alicent Epps Jasperse Scholarship Fund

Reach for Your Goal Scholarship Fund

Phil Pearson Fund Geraldine Geistert Boss Scholarship Fund

Aim High Jerry Clay Scholarship Fund Thomas D. Coffield Scholarship Fund Paul Collins Scholarship Fund Rosemary Cook Education Scholarship Fund Gerald M. Crane Memorial Music Scholarship Fund Darooge Family Scholarship Fund Achille and Irene Despres, William and Andre Scholarship Fund Donald J. DeYoung Education Fund Edwin F. Doyle Scholarship Fund Economic Club of Grand Rapids Scholarship Fund George and Louise Egeler Fund Supporting YESP

Camilla C. Johnson Scholarship Trust Fund

Pullen/Lambers Family Memorial Scholarship Fund

Josephine Ringold Scholarship Fund

Vivian M. Kommer Scholarship Fund

David and Laurie Russell Family Scholarship for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Families

Ladies Literary Club Scholarship Fund

Alan R. Ryan Scholarship Fund

Lavina A. Laible Scholarship Trust Fund

Margery J. Seeger Scholarship Fund

Stephen D. Lankester Scholarship Fund

Ronald T. Smith Family Scholarship Fund

Sherman L. and Mabel C. Lepard Scholarship Fund

Gladys A. Snauble Scholarship Fund

Norm and Marilyn Leven Challenge Scholars Fund Lobbestael Frederick Family Scholarship Fund* Dr. Jack and Katy Lukens Family Scholarship Fund

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Christine Soper Scholarship Fund Dr. William E. and Norma Sprague Scholarship Fund Dorothy B. and Charles E. Thomas Fund in support of the Ringold Scholarship Dorothy J. Thurston Scholarship Fund

TowerPinkster Grand Rapids Public Schools Scholarship Fund Mildred E. Troske Scholarship Fund Trust of the GR Federation of U of M Alumnae Club University of Michigan GR Alumnae Trust Scholarship Fund

Laurie and Crawford Craft Family Fund

Employees of Autocam Fund

Tom and Jan Czerney Fund

Janet E. Berg Fund*

Norman and Mary De Graaf Fund

Thomas and Vita “Vickie” Bergers Community Fund

William and Patricia Edison Fund James and Bebe Glerum Fund Eleanore and Robert Howieson Fund

Gretchen Slack Appelt and Doris Ann Slack Scholarship Fund

Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler Fund*

Margaret Appelt Kerr Fund

Tom and Sally Kyros Fund

Meta Prange Murphy/Lucille Prange Fund

The David B. and Susan D. Lipner Fund

Rosemary Scott Fund Keith C. VanderHyde Scholarship Fund Roger and Jacquelyn Vander Laan Family Scholarship Fund Jacob R. and Mary M. Van Loo; Lenore K. Van Loo; and Anne Van Loo Eldred Scholarship Fund

Malcolm/Magolan Family Fund* Ernest & Lorraine Malkewitz Fund Marjorie and Robert Neubig Fund Judge W. Baldwin Ogden and Judy Ogden Fund

John W. and Margaret Bertsch Fund Ken Betz and Pat Brewer Fund Anna Bissell Charity Trust Fund James and Margaret Black Estate Edward H. Blickley Fund Harvey and Margaret Brower Fund Orville and Jean Bulman Estate Allan and Claudia Carlson Family Fund Olga H. Cassard Fund William J. Chaille Fund

Martha J. Porter Fund

Eugene D. Conger Fund

Roth Family Fund for Community Good

Louis A. Cornelius Trust

Chad Vollmer Scholarship Fund

Robert and Claire Schaefer Fund

Dallas and Helen Darling Fund

Kenneth Vonk Fund

Schaub Family Fund

Cornelia De Fouw Fund

Warner Norcross & Judd Scholarship Fund

Diana Sieger Leadership Fund

Rafael O. Diaz Fund

Donald M. Wells Scholarship Fund Elmo Wierenga Ottawa Hills Alumni Scholarship Fund Walter C. Winchester Scholarship Fund

Elmer and Mable Slemons Fund

Max H. and Lois Doering Fund

Bill and Barbara Van’t Hof Fund

George and Louise Egeler Fund

Theodore J. Vogt Fund

Robert L. and Gloria M. Ellcey Fund

Contributions Receivable (split-interest)

Engineered Protection Systems Fund

Michael J. Wolf Scholarship Fund

John H. and Nancy L. Batts Trust,

Diane S. Farage Fund

Dr. Richard J. Woltersom Medical Scholarship Fund

Edwin R. Hondelink Trust, Clare

Fishell Fund

and Grace Jarecki Trusts, Ben Lee

Henry A. Fox Family Fund

Violet Wondergem Health Science Scholarship Fund Audrey L. Wright Scholarship Fund Youth Enrichment Scholarship Program Bob Zylstra Science, Technology and Engineering Scholarship*

Jr. Estate, Robert D. Mackey Trust, Millard M. Moore and Viola M. Moore Trust, C. Allen Payne Trust, Robert O. Powell Trust, Theodore R. Schoonbeck Family Trust, Dorothy J. Thurston Trust, Herbert E. Thurston Family

Unrestricted Funds Fund for Community Good Lynne M. Black Fund Joy A. Brown-Baker Fund

Trust, Waddell-Cioni Trust Marian A. Aldrich Fund American Box Board Community Fund Gasper J. Amodeo Fund

Mr. and Mrs. David G. Frey Fund Jim McKay and Twink Frey Fund Mrs. L. C. Gardner Fund Kenneth and Christina Gilchrist Fund C. John Gill and Rita Williams Fund Carol E. Greene Fund for Community Good Chester A. Hall Fund Leon W. Hall Fund *New fund fiscal year 2021-2022

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Stanley C. Hall Fund

Glen C. Mason Fund

The Vander Beek Family Fund

Bill and Claudia Hardy Fund

Geraldine F. Masters Fund

Keith C. VanderHyde Fund

Haslinger Family Fund

Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. McCobb Fund

Biem H. and Irene G. Vandermass Fund

Minnie E. Haven Fund

Isabel McLeod Fund

Janet A. Haynes Fund

Frank H. and Virginia L. Merlotti Fund

Herbert and Doris Vander Mey Fund for Community Good

Elizabeth Herkner Fund

George and Mary Metz Charitable Fund

Edward M. Herpolsheimer Fund

Bonnie Miller Community Fund*

Karl E. Herpolsheimer Fund

Mary D. Morman Trust

Dirk and Victoria Hoffius Fund

Estate of Melanie L. Muir

Orianna D. Hooker Fund

Estate of Dr. Clifford T. Nelson

Arthur J. and Sue H. Hoover Fund

Nordic Fund

Robert and Adelaide Hoover Fund

Francis J. O’Connor Fund

Allen I. and Helen J. Hunting Fund

Jackman and Helen Palmatier Fund

Walter D. Idema Charitable Trust

Mary I. and Robert C. Pew Fund

Walter D. Idema Fund

Chalmers and Esther Quaintance Fund

Jabin Family Fund

Charlotte M. Raniville Fund

Clare and Grace Jarecki Fund

Eleanor J. Roberts Fund

Elizabeth J. Steed Johnson Trust

Leonard and Dora Rosenzweig Fund

Ruth Jones Hairston Fund*

Theodore R. and Caroline Schoonbeck Fund

Kent Charitable Fund William E. and Sue Kincaid Fund Mary Jane Kirchgessner Trust Jane and Sam Kravitz Fund for Community Good

Grace L. Schouten Memorial Trust Fund Willard and Barbara Schroeder Fund Schuil Family Fund Margery Seeger Fund

Robert J. Kulms Trust

Erin Slade Memorial Fund

James and Mary Jane Lamse Fund

Estate of Isabelle and Herman Slanger

Perry M. and Hazel A. Lawr Fund

Eileen Slootmaker Fund

Ben H. Lee, Jr. Fund

Mary A. and Lenore G. Smith Fund

Harvey E. Lemmen Fund

Marvin Stahl Fund

Clara T. Limbert Fund

Paul L. Steketee Fund

Gertrude Lindberry Fund

Graham F. “Deck” and Ruth B. Stewart Fund

Charles W. Loosemore Fund Dr. Jack and Katy Lukens Fund Hale J. Mackay Fund Allen S. & Barbara P. Marcus Fund

Joseph and Helen Tulos Fund Adrian Van Daalen Fund James R. Van Vulpen Fund* Earle Vande Poel Charitable Fund

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Englebert J. and Lelah Sexton Vogt Trust Estate of Ralph A. Voigt Jeanette Shelly Warner Fund John C. Whitcomb Fund Marion Stuart White Fund Mary K. White Fund* Estate of Zoe F. Whitworth Trust Mrs. Imogene W. Wickett Fund Arthur D. Wolf Foundation Trust Charles D. and Irene A. Worden Fund Estate of Curtis M. Wylie George L. and Esther B. Young Trust *New fund fiscal year 2021-2022

Memorial, Honor and Estate Gifts As of June 30, 2022

We recognize the following people in whose honor or memory gifts to Grand Rapids Community Foundation were made.

Gifts In Memory of

John Edison

John H. Logie

David P. Schroeder

Patricia H. Edison

Andy Lubbers

Peter M. Sears

Lucille Goldberg Finn

Kevin Martens

Mary L. Smith

Otis N. French

Bernadine Martin

Parker Spindle

Edward J. Frey Jr.

Ray McCahill

Paul Sterenberg

Chet Hall

James E. McCarty

H. Monroe Taliaferro Jr.

A.J. Birkbeck

Richard and Eleanor Hemenway

James C. Norman

Stu Van Dyke

Glen V. Borre

Robert W. Hendrickson

Rex O’Connor

Marianne Veit

Emily L. Campbell

Janet M. Janei

William B. Ogden

Katherine and Olivia Veldink

Paul Clark

Edgar Hare Johnson

Esther Roth Padnos

Bill Waring

Patricia DeLano

Virginia Kiel

John H. Pimm

Sallie S. Warner

Richard DeLano

Matthew Kutsche

Betty Jane Pletcher and Forrest A. Pletcher

Kevin Yon

Beverly A. Drake

Mary B. Lindsay

Roberto Saenz

Gifts In Honor of

Janis Lunquist

Roberta Alexander Barbara Anderson A. Arnold David Balas

Sam Carbaugh Holly Cole

Charles F. Pletcher Alan R. Ryan and Margaret Ryan Linda Samuelson

Paul Cook and Andy Brookhouse

Erika VanDyke

Ionia Community Library staff

Estate Gifts

Barbara P. Marcus

Customers and staff at nearby Columbia Sportwear Stores

Grand Rapids Community Foundation staff

Carolyn Zank

Eugene Sueing

Lynn Warshaw and Vicki Esch Rachael Wingo and Stacy Snider wedding

Each year, people we know and love pass away, but our memories and their legacies remain with us. Grand Rapids Community Foundation remembers the following people who made gifts through their estate plans to benefit the community. Ms. Melinda M. Bendall

Dr. Sandra Last

Janet E. Berg

Eileen Shedleski

Rita Didrichsons

Robert C. Smith

Keeler Foundation/Miner S. and Mary Ann Keeler

James R. Van Vulpen

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Board of Trustees and Staff Board of Trustees 2021- 2022

Kyle D. Caldwell

Noah Chun

Ken Fawcett, M.D.

Chair, President + CEO of Council of Michigan Foundations

Youth Trustee, Grand Rapids Christian High School

Vice President of Healthier Communities, Spectrum Health

Thomas G. Kyros

Emily J. Loeks

Brandy Lovelady Mitchell, Ed.D.

Partner, Varnum, LLP

Director of Community Affairs + Public Relations, Loeks Theaters Inc.

Deputy Superintendent of Preschool-12 Learning & Leadership, Grand Rapids Public Schools

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Board of Trustees (Cont.) 2021- 2022

Ana Ramirez-Saenz

Ric Roane

Kathleen B. Vogelsang

Founder + CEO, La Fuente Consulting, LLC

Partner, Warner Norcross & Judd

Chief Investment Officer, Van Andel Institute

Daniel Williams, Ed.D.

Reneé Williams

President, Steelcase Foundation

Senior Vice President of Community Development, Huntington Bank

Senior Leadership Team

Diana R. Sieger

Ashley René Lee

Kate Luckert Schmid


Vice President, Strategic Communications

Vice President, Program

Stan Vander Roest, CPA

Marilyn Zack, CAP®

Chief Financial Officer

Vice President, Development

Grand Rapids Community Foundation Staff

Ruth Bishop

Danielle R. Brown, CPA

Janean Couch

Education Program Officer

Director of Finance

Program Director

Ashley Emaus

Jason England

Giuliana Estrada

Financial Analyst

Philanthropic Services Assistant

Program Officer

Barb Forseman

Heather Gill Fox

Kevin Harmelink

Human Resources Specialist

Strategic Communications Manager

Human Resources Manager

Audra Hartges-Stern

Keri Jaynes

Cris Kutzli

Strategic Communications Specialist

Grants Manager

Program Director

Angel Mendiola

Danah Montgomery

Sheona Nidefski

Philanthropic Services Manager

Community Giving Officer

Program Assistant

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Chantal Pasag

Claudia Pohlen

DeShawn Pope

Program Officer

Campaign Coordinator

Strategic Communications Assistant

Ann Puckett

Paul Sapp

Holli Schlukebir

Director of IT

Events Project Manager

Development Assistant

Shaun Shira, CAP®

Eugene Sueing

Tara Takken

Major + Planned Gifts Director

Program Director

Executive Assistant

Jenine Torres, CAP®

Lita Trevino

Erika VanDyke

Development Officer


Program Officer

Tracy Van Solkema, bCRE-Pro

Johngerlyn "Jonse" Young, CAP®

Annual Giving + Data Services Manager

Director of Philanthropic Services

Annual Report Team Project Managers and Writers


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