Great ideas happen here.
This year’s annual reportis inspired by a 2012 TEDxGrandRapids talk byDr. Andrew Dent, a materials scientist. He talked aboutproducts, materials, sustainability and second life—that is, something having a use beyond the original intention.This annual report and notebook is our eﬀort to give alonger life cycle to our familiar product. Once you’ve readthe stories and enjoyed the photos, you can tear oﬀ theGrand Rapids Community Foundation’s report itself and
you have a nifty notebook. The paper is recycledand recyclable. We hope the notebook and some of its prompts willinspire great ideas and actions.
Financial Highlights 4Funds 10Grants 16Scholarships 19Our Amazing Donors 26Trustees 27 About the Foundation 28Leadership & Staﬀ 29Committees 32Financials 34For Professional Advisors 37
Our mission is to build and manage our community’s permanentendowment and lead the community to strengthen the lives of its people.
We envision a magnetic and interconnected West Michigan community.
INTEGRITY: Ethics matter here.
We promise to be honest and authentic. We hold ourselves accountable for our words and actions.Our decisions and our numbers are transparent. We protect the privacy of our donors, grantees and community partners.
EXCELLENCE: Outstanding results matter here.
We listen to our customers’ needs and exceed their expectations. We are committed to learning and sharing. We partner with others to act in the best interest of our community. We are problem solvers and we will persevere.
INCLUSION: Feeling welcome matters here.
We treat people with dignity and respect. We are thoughtful in our words and actions. We advocate for diversity and inclusion. We value perspectives that are diﬀerent from our own.
SUSTAINABILITY: The future matters here.
We make smart ﬁscal decisions. We value relationships and work to ensure they last long term. We work to minimize our negative impact on the environment. We are building a community that is better and strongerthan we found it.
BOLD ASPIRATIONS: Strategy matters here.
We seek solutions to big, challenging problems. We take calculated risks. We nurture creativity, imagination and innovation. We drive positive change.
Diversity and Inclusion Statement:
“ With intention and honesty, Grand Rapids Community Foundationoﬀers a safe environment that values diversity and fosters inclusion.We recognize the injustice caused by racism and commit ourselves to eliminating it in all forms.”