$15.5M grant increasing school district’s ‘access to higher education’

A foundation has given a university a $15.5-million grant to expand higher education options for a public school district’s students and teachers.With the grant...

Inside Track: Nonprofit director draws on development experience

The one-man powerhouse of Housing Next, Ryan Kilpatrick, is working to reduce barriers to the creation of housing at all price points, utilizing his experience in building bridges between nonprofits, developers and state and local authorities.

Ronald McDonald House of Western Michigan makes board changes

A nonprofit that houses families with critically ill children in a homelike atmosphere has appointed its 2021 board of directors and executive committee.

Grand Rapids Chamber hires inclusion manager

The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce created and filled the new role of inclusion manager on its talent development team.

Kellogg Foundation appoints director of New Mexico programs

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation chose a leader to oversee its charitable activities in New Mexico.

LIMA launches candle fundraiser for mental health nonprofit

The owners of a handmade candle company in Grand Rapids are now selling a special limited-edition product to raise funds for i understand, a mental health nonprofit.

Residential recovery house opens in Kalamazoo

A new sober living home opened its doors for young men on the road to recovery from addiction.

Pediatric nurse launches trauma education program

A licensed family nurse practitioner in Grand Rapids, specializing in complex developmental trauma (CDT), launched Healing Connection, a trauma-informed resource for training and advocacy for childhood trauma-related education.

Partnership aims to improve health through food boxes, lifestyle coaching

The Food Bank Council of Michigan is teaming up with South Michigan Food Bank and Grace Health to address food insecurity and encourage healthy lifestyles with the launch of the Grace Health Fresh Food Pharmacy in Battle Creek.

Literacy Center named a finalist for $750K national education challenge

The Literacy Center of West Michigan has moved to the second phase of a $750,000 U.S. Department of Education challenge to advance pre-apprenticeship programs for adults.

GRCC awarded $1 million grant to build diverse workforce

Grand Rapids Community College Workforce Training Department was awarded a three-year, $1,050,344 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support its Equitable Empowerment Through Career Pathways program.

ICCF appoints ChoiceOne banker to board of directors

Inner City Christian Federation appointed a branch manager and assistant vice president from ChoiceOne Bank to its board of directors.

Grand Rapids African American Health Institute announces search for executive director

A local nonprofit announced its search for a new executive director.

Family Business Alliance appoints new director

The longtime marketing director at Rhoades McKee is taking the reins of the Family Business Alliance.

Community Rebuilders helps 36 Grand Rapidians find homes

A nonprofit working to end homelessness has put 36 individuals on the path to long-term housing with 24 of those already housed temporarily.

Mercantile Bank donates $100K to community nonprofits

Mercantile Bank of Michigan is donating $100,000 to several organizations across the state to help communities that are battling food insecurity and homelessness.

WMCAT teen artists partner with X-Rite and Pantone on social justice apparel

Teen artists from the West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology and the social enterprise print shop Ambrose teamed up with X-Rite and Pantone to create apparel that addresses social justice issues in West Michigan and beyond.

TCF Bank donates $50K to Grand Rapids organizations

TCF Bank is giving $50,000 to the region’s largest employer and two local charities in the spirit of holiday giving.

Coalition to provide emergency shelter for Heartside residents

As West Michigan prepares for winter, a coalition of community, nonprofit and business leaders is joining forces to provide safe emergency shelter for residents of the Heartside neighborhood who are experiencing homelessness.

Inside Track: Garberson helps connect refugees with job opportunities

Kyle Garberson is only two months into a job he said already makes him proud to be an American.That job is serving as the...