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Grand Rapids Community Foundation

185 Oakes Street Southwest
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49505
United States

Mission

Our mission is to build and manage our community’s permanent endowment and lead the community to strengthen the lives of its people.

Most Meaningful Change

Challenge Scholars, a program we initiated three years ago, is making a significant impact on increased academic achievement. We are ensuring that critical health and human services are being delivered at school-base sites, providing resources for math and literacy coaches and removing barriers for students and families living in poverty to quality public education, including college.

1922 Year Founded
$285,605,378 Endowment Value
$8,000,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

1,000,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationGrand Rapids Community Foundation
Address 1185 Oakes Street Southwest
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownGrand Rapids
State / RegionMichigan
ZIP / Postal Code49505
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone616-454-1751
Emaildsieger@grfoundation.org
Websitewww.grfoundation.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Diana Sieger
Primary Contact’s NameDid not answer
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1922
Mission StatementOur mission is to build and manage our community’s permanent endowment and lead the community to strengthen the lives of its people.
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced1,000,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)26
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)2
Total Board Members12
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$47,491,523
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$21,179,411
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$11,770,820
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$8,000,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$285,605,378
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed an important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a slight role
Grassroots activismNo role
Inadequate government servicesNo role
Changes in the political environmentNo role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a slight role
Government initiative fundingNo role
Foundation initiative fundingNo role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodFair amount of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communitySlightly important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLittle
EducationLot
EnvironmentFair amount
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsFair amount
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentFair amount
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentFair amount
HousingFair amount
ChildrenLot
WaterLittle
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOccasionally
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOccasionally
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffNever
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOccasionally
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsNever
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingRarely
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyNo change
CrimeNo change
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesNo change
Social position of marginalized groupsNo change
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting much better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeDo not work in this sphere
Trust among different sections of the communityA few small achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesA few small achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Responsiveness of authoritiesA few small achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentA few small achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communitySome important achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersVery helpful
Regional association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationN/A
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsYes
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingImportant
Better legal or fiscal environmentImportant
More volunteersN/A
Access to advice or technical assistanceN/A
Better local culture of givingN/A
Stronger civil societyNeither important nor unimportant
More responsive authoritiesNeither important nor unimportant
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsChallenge Scholars, a program we initiated three years ago, is making a significant impact on increased academic achievement. We are ensuring that critical health and human services are being delivered at school-base sites, providing resources for math and literacy coaches and removing barriers for students and families living in poverty to quality public education, including college.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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