In spring 2022, the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation highlighted one of their funds, the Forrest Willey Memorial Scholarship Fund. At that time, the Forrest Willey Scholarship Fund had a balance of around $7000. The fund awarded three $500 scholarships in 2022: two to students at the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) and one to a student at Northern Lights Community School. Since that time, there has been over $32,800 in donations to the Forrest Willey Scholarship Fund from a variety of donors, including Grand Rapids High School alumni classes, individuals and organizations. These donations were put into an endowment,
The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) is seeking board members from the Greater Itasca Area for two open positions on its Board of Directors. Board members serve one term of three years, with the opportunity to be re-appointed for two more terms. These positions begin in January 2023. The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation was established in 1994 by concerned business and community leaders to help local citizens contribute to the community to improve the quality of life in this area. The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is one of only 700 community foundations in the United
The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Mindy Nuhring has been selected to serve as the Foundation’s Executive Director. Mindy most recently served as the Chief Development Officer at the Community Foundation where she concentrated on increasing awareness of the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation’s role in the community and how it can help people and organizations join their charitable intentions with community needs. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of River Grand Senior Living. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth and Masters
The Greenway Area Community Fund recently awarded a $500 grant to the Greenway Fire and Rescue organization. These funds were used to purchase a Sparky the Fire Dog costume. The mission of this volunteer fire department is to not only provide EMS and fire protection for its service area but also to conduct fire education and training sessions. Chief Ladd Finke stated, “We will make the costume available to neighboring fire departments in the Greenway area. When children see Sparky, we believe they will feel more comfortable and hopefully ask more questions during the educational sessions that we conduct
At the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation there are many donors who open funds and provide scholarships for area students which have a direct impact on students' lives. One of the scholarships awarded annually is the Terry and Muggs Matteson L & M Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to multiple students each year and students can re-apply for this scholarship every year that they attend school. Applicants must be an L & M employee, or an immediate family member of an L & M employee, and the applicants are then selected for an award by an outside scholarship committee. This
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