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A Financial Literacy Strategy: Healthy Financial Futures

Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF) has a fund under its umbrella called Healthy Financial Futures (HFF), a new pilot project underway with funding received by the RBC Foundation – USA.  Healthy Financial Futures was conceived by Bill Block, a 1985 graduate of Grand Rapids High School, who wants to help young people in their teens and twenties establish healthy lifetime financial habits.  “Money is hard for most people,” said Block, “a fact I know all too well from watching my parents struggle financially when I was growing up. In my early twenties I committed to learning a better way.

By |January 17th, 2024|Categories: News|Comments Off on A Financial Literacy Strategy: Healthy Financial Futures

44 Grants Awarded in Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation’s 2023 Annual Grant Cycle

An annual grant cycle is a journey of community empowerment and positive change. In 2023, the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF), through its annual grant cycle, awarded over $154,000 in 44 grants to area nonprofit organizations and projects that serve the Greater Itasca Area. An example of an initiative funded through the 2023 GRACF annual grant cycle was a grant awarded to United Way of 1000 Lakes for their Stuff the Bus School Supplies Program.  United Way’s annual Stuff the Bus program helps address equity in the schools and community by providing more students with the tools they need

By |January 10th, 2024|Categories: News|Comments Off on 44 Grants Awarded in Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation’s 2023 Annual Grant Cycle

Bridging Dreams and Degrees: A Scholar’s Journey to Success through Educational Support

In a world where dreams often meet the harsh reality of financial constraints, scholarships emerge as beacons of hope, transforming aspirations into attainable goals.  Scholarships can help launch students on a path towards an education or career that they want or one that they have yet to discover. Logan Kuschel graduated from Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) in 2019 and received three scholarships through the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation (GRACF): The Dede Emerson Scholarship, Reif Dance Scholarship, and the Alan and Rose Ann Fritz Piano Scholarship. She received a fourth scholarship from WDIO of Duluth.  As she graduated from

By |January 3rd, 2024|Categories: News|Comments Off on Bridging Dreams and Degrees: A Scholar’s Journey to Success through Educational Support

First Call 211 to Manage Itasca County Area Crisis Grants Effective January 1

The Itasca County Sharing Fund, a fund managed by the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation, has been instrumental in assisting individuals in our community with crisis funding during challenging times.  Crisis grants have been issued for items such as housing, transportation, and utilities. The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation will be transitioning the responsibility of overseeing the Itasca County Sharing Fund to First Call 211 effective date of January 1, 2024.  The change aims to enhance efficiency, transparency, and impact of the fund, ensuring that it continues to serve the needs of our community in the best possible way.  First

By |December 27th, 2023|Categories: News|Comments Off on First Call 211 to Manage Itasca County Area Crisis Grants Effective January 1

Make an Impact Through Year-End Giving

As the year draws to a close, the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation is reflecting on the incredible impact we’ve achieved together throughout the past months.  The community and local nonprofit organizations are still recovering from the last few tumultuous years and exploring how they will navigate in the future.  Now, as we approach the year’s end, we invite each member of the community to join us in a collective effort to make a lasting impact through year-end giving. Year-end giving is a powerful tradition that allows us to come together, celebrating the spirit of generosity that defines our community. 

By |December 20th, 2023|Categories: News|Comments Off on Make an Impact Through Year-End Giving

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