Celebrating Centennial

Celebrating 100 Years of Service and Impact

This year Grand Rapids Community Foundation celebrates our 100th anniversary. This milestone year commemorates a century of responding to the everchanging needs of Greater Grand Rapids, including over $244 million awarded in grants and $21 million awarded in scholarships. It also marks the beginning of a new century of service and impact in our community. We are grateful for our partners who have given of their time, financial resources and thought partnership to create an organization with the strength and vision to make bold change possible.

Your Voice, Your Vision

Share you vision for Kent County

Grand Rapids Community Foundation is celebrating 100 years in this community, and we are looking forward to the next century. As we strive to help build a better Kent County for everyone, we know that our vision needs the voices of the people who live here. We hope to collect 100 voices to celebrate 100 years—diverse voices with diverse experiences—to help inform Grand Rapids Community Foundation’s next century of service and impact. Will you share your vision?


Our community’s needs have evolved through our history—from the nursing shortage resulting from World War II to the AIDS crisis in the 1980s to the inequities of today. The Community Foundation has a proven track record of responding and working with nonprofit and community partners to address key issues and meet needs that arise. 

Explore Our History to Learn More

Since our founding in 1922, gifts from our donor partners have made it possible for us to award more than $244 million in grants and $21 million in scholarships to benefit our community.

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The lessons we’ve learned over the last century have evolved our approach and sharpened our focus. We’re grateful for all the individuals, families, nonprofits, community leaders and more who have kept coming together to commit their resources, skills, networks, influence and dollars to create a better community. 

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As we enter a new century of service and impact amid a global pandemic and racial reckoning, we are not just focused on recovery. Our community deserves better than a return to what was. The time is now to build upon our strengths and lean further into our role as stewards of change in our community. 

Honor history & launch a more equitable future

Thank You Centennial Sponsors

Local businesses and organizations are supporting this critical year - one that honors the philanthropic history woven into the fabric of Greater Grand Rapids and launches us forward on a path toward an equitable future for everyone in our community. If your organization is interested in centennial year sponsorship, please reach out to Paul Sapp at PSapp@GRFoundation.org to learn more.

Fifth Third Bank

Fifth Third Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor for Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Centennial Celebrations.

Consumers Energy

Western Michigan University

Partner Level Sponsors

  • DTE Energy
  • NEPC
  • Old National Bank
  • Northern Trust
  • Varnum

Benefactor Level Sponsors

  • Clark Hill
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Holtvluwer Law
  • LaFleur & Godfrey Private Wealth Management
  • Lake FX Media, LLC
  • Plante Moran
  • Warner Norcross + Judd
  • David and Katy Westphal

Friend Level Sponsors

  • Inclusive Performance Strategies
  • JP Morgan/Chase
  • Kennari Consulting
  • worksighted

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