Foundations, grants and services


GRassrootsUP project launches to amplify diverse voices

The Grand Rapids African American Community Task Force, Michigan Black Expo and other community partners are launching the website for a new initiative intended to convene community voices on the issues of health, wealth and economic opportunity.

Johnson Center urges attention to philanthropy trends

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University released its fifth annual 11 Trends in Philanthropy report, identifying trends that will shape the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors in the coming months and years.

West Michigan Partnership for Children hires equity officer

A nonprofit foster care program hired a chief engagement and equity officer.

LIFT Foundation receives grant for housing homeless individuals

The LIFT Foundation recently received a grant from the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation to help the organization cover the cost of housing individuals experiencing homelessness this winter.

NIA Centre hits $50K funding milestone

A nonprofit working to establish an African American cultural center in Grand Rapids has met its $50,000 fundraising goal in order to receive a matching grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Have a Heart GR installation spotlights nonprofits, artists

Have a Heart GR, an art installation that features large free-standing murals and sculptures, is on display as part of the World of Winter festival in downtown Grand Rapids.

Consumers foundation to award $50K to small towns in need

The Consumers Energy Foundation is bringing back a competition that will award $50,000 for big ideas proposed by Michigan’s small towns.

United Methodist Community House partners with Family Promise

A pair of local nonprofits formed a partnership to provide the families they serve with better child care and early childhood education resources.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids marks 20 years

A local nonprofit that provides cancer and grief support to individuals and families is celebrating two decades with virtual festivities and a match donation drive.

Do More Good merges with Nonprofit Hub

A pair of nonprofit resource providers are merging to expand their reach across the U.S.

Burton Heights nonprofit moves farther south

After 20 years on South Division in the Burton Heights neighborhood, In The Image is moving to a facility farther south that will allow it to expand and grow.

Grand Haven ordinance encourages new housing developments

The city of Grand Haven, in partnership with Housing Next, reduced barriers to the creation of housing at all price points with recent updates to its zoning ordinance and approval of a first-of-its-kind housing development in West Michigan.

Partners to provide free meals to foster families for Valentine’s Day

Foster Kent Kids is collaborating with Closet of Hope to distribute 115 meals from The Candied Yam to local foster families for Valentine’s Day.

Steelcase Foundation appoints Daniel Williams as next president

The president and CEO of West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology has a new role.

WMEAC founder dies at 91

Joan Luedders Wolfe, the activist who founded the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, died last month.

GROW makes 2021 board appointments

Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women has a group of new board members.

Kellogg Foundation appoints VP and chief investment officer

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation promoted an employee with a focus on equity to oversee its investment strategy.

Michigan Women Forward selects pitch competition winners

Michigan Women Forward selected the first-place winners of last week’s virtual WomanUp & Pitch competition.

Meijer Simply Give donates $7.6 million to food pantries in 2020

As food pantries across the Midwest saw an increased need resulting from the COVID-19 global pandemic, Meijer and its customers donated more than $7.6 million in 2020 to help them feed hungry families in their communities through the retailer's Simply Give program.

State opens applications for child care pilot facilitator hubs

Applications to become a facilitator hub are now open for a new child care pilot program that is intended to put Michigan on the map as a leader in child care innovation.

Grand Rapids wins $150,000 to advance housing affordability

The city of Grand Rapids was one of eight recipients of the 2021 CommunityWINS grant program, a joint effort by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Wells Fargo to advance housing affordability solutions in local communities.

YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids appoints new board chair

The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids appointed its next board chair, who will serve a two-year term.

GRAAHI kicks off speaker series with civil rights legend

The Grand Rapids African American Health Institute is launching its yearlong Health Education & Equity Series on Thursday.

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.

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.