Grand Rapids Community College Foundation names Donald MacKenzie executive director


The Grand Rapids Community College Foundation has found a new leader.

GRCC announced that Donald MacKenzie, a longtime West Michigan resident with both philanthropic and business experience, has been named the new associate vice president for advancement and executive director of the GRCC Foundation.

MacKenzie — a Rockford resident and senior principal at philanthropy consultants Jerold Panas, Linzy and Partners — is also an adjunct professor in the M.B.A. program at Kendall College of Art and Design at Ferris State University.

In the past, MacKenzie has worked as managing partner of MacKenzie Consultants and as the director of leadership gifts at Spectrum Health’s Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital Foundation.

While at the Spectrum, he served as the campaign director of the For Our Kids Campaign, raising $100 million for the pediatric hospital.

He also has been the executive director of Junior Achievement of Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties and the director of planned and estate giving for the Western Michigan University Foundation.

“I’m excited to join the GRCC Foundation and help it support the college’s mission of equipping students to meet the needs of the community and the world,” said MacKenzie.

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