What We Do

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation seeks to inspire and empower individuals and organizations to give to the community to improve the quality of life and create positive change. Whatever your interests, the Community Foundation offers a way to express yourself and carry out good works. We are inclusive and adaptable and want to help our area’s nonprofit organizations launch new projects, support worthy programs and enhance services to people of all ages.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation meets national standards for operational quality, donor service and accountability in the community foundation sector. The accreditation provides our donors with peace of mind and the knowledge that funds are managed in compliance with established best practices and the highest standards for community philanthropy.

What is Philanthropy?

The literal translation from Greek is “love for mankind.” Philanthropy is considered to be voluntary giving to promote common good and improve quality of life.

Fiscal Sponsorship

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation understands that many community groups have charitable intent and accomplish wonderful things throughout our communities. Many of these groups are not officially recognized as 501(c)(3) organizations by the IRS, and so are unable to receive grants, or allow well-meaning donors to obtain any tax benefit from donations. On a case-by-case basis, the Community Foundation may choose to provide “Fiscal Sponsorship” to these types of charitable community groups.

We are happy to speak with you about the pros and cons of having the Foundation act as your fiscal sponsor and other options that your group may use in order to accomplish your mission. Check out our Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines to see if this option may be right for you.

If you would like to request that the Community Foundation consider being your fiscal sponsor, please call the Foundation 218-999-9100.

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Support Your Community

As a donor, you select the type of fund that best matches your charitable goals. You can either provide a gift to an existing fund or you can establish a new fund to help you achieve your philanthropic goals and to leave a personal legacy.