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Diana Sieger’s rebuke to ‘donor knows best’ philanthropy
GRAND RAPIDS — At the beginning of her 35 years leading the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Diana Sieger was often the only woman in the room. But during her tenure, the foundation sought out diverse voices to shape its philanthropic efforts, distancing itself from the “donor knows best” model common in many nonprofit circles.
Sieger retiring after 35 years leading Grand Rapids Community Foundation
GRAND RAPIDS — Diana Sieger plans to retire as president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, the organization she helped to grow significantly over her 35-year tenure during which she became a powerful voice for Michigan’s philanthropic sector.
GR nonprofit relocates to renovated farmhouse after split from church
GRAND RAPIDS — New City Neighbors is set to unveil its new location at a renovated urban farmhouse that sits on a 1-acre plot in the city’s Creston neighborhood.
Nonprofits focus on donor relations as COVID surges create distance
Nonprofit leaders and researchers say maintaining donor relationships is perhaps the biggest ongoing challenge for organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues surging and creating distance between funders.
National giving trends in 2020 create unique opportunities, challenges for local nonprofits
The COVID-19 pandemic caused major shifts in philanthropic giving last year as human services organizations benefited and small-level donors increased, according to a recent report from global nonprofit Giving Tuesday.
City, Grand Rapids Community Foundation partner to grow housing fund
GRAND RAPIDS — The city of Grand Rapids is partnering with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation on what has been a years-long process of creating a fund to increase the amount of affordable housing.
Beyond retail: Entrepreneurs pursue alternative routes to cannabis industry
Opening a cannabis dispensary comes with significant barriers, but West Michigan entrepreneurs are looking at opportunities other than retail storefronts to get their foot in the door of the burgeoning industry.
Nonprofit leaders cautiously optimistic about 2021, some organizations face tough challenges
Some nonprofits survived the first nine months of the pandemic relatively unscathed while others are hanging on in hopes that a widely distributed vaccine lifts capacity restrictions and renews confidence in gathering indoors.
Equity gets closer look with Grand River restoration project
GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand River has historically divided the city of Grand Rapids in multiple ways, but as redevelopments have ramped up in recent years, leaders of a restoration plan are stressing the importance of making the river accessible to all residents.
MiBiz Growth Report: August 31, 2020
Here is the MiBiz growth report for August 31, 2020.
GR officials consider $250,000 in pandemic relief for undocumented immigrants
The Grand Rapids City Commission is considering a $250,000 contribution to an emergency pandemic relief fund for undocumented immigrants and mixed status families who reside in the city and need housing assistance.
Holland/Zeeland loan program shows how nonprofits are getting creative during pandemic
Mike Goorhouse isn’t a banker, but the coronavirus pandemic has him thinking like one.
MiBiz Growth Report: April 26, 2020
MiBiz growth report for April 26, 2020.
West Michigan groups launch fund to support undocumented workers amid pandemic
Eight organizations united to create an emergency relief fund for undocumented workers and mixed status families in Kent County who are ineligible for unemployment or other relief.
Stock market volatility could affect philanthropy in years ahead
The amount of money area foundations are able to give away this year won’t change much, if at all, but 2021 could see some level of decreases depending on what happens with the stock market in subsequent quarters.
Backed by new grant, GR Community Foundation to focus on African American, Latinx giving
GRAND RAPIDS — Backed by a three-year grant, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation aims to better understand and encourage philanthropic giving in the region’s African American and Latinx communities.
Michigan’s philanthropic sector examines its role in diversity, equity, inclusion
Diversity, equity and inclusion have been foremost in the minds of people who work in Michigan’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.
BROKEN SYSTEM: Historic underinvestment in communities of color is root of uptick in gun violence, Grand Rapids leaders say
Five weeks before a pair of mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio rocked the nation, community leaders in Grand Rapids held a press conference on the city’s southeast side to address the city’s recent spike in gun violence.
Giving circles gain diversity as their ranks continue to grow, report finds
GRAND RAPIDS — The increasing diversity within giving circles is broadening the scope of causes they support and better reflecting the nation’s changing demographics.
Roundtable: West Michigan foundation execs wrestle with changes, new opportunities
Foundations face a changing landscape both in how they raise money and award grants to nonprofit organizations. MiBiz recently brought together leaders from four West Michigan foundations to talk about the trends they see today.
Organizations support minority entrepreneurial initiatives in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS –– An array of organizations in West Michigan have launched new initiatives aimed at bridging the wealth gap in a region characterized by vast income disparities.
Embracing next gen ideals: Nonprofits, foundations change tactics to tap into younger donors, volunteers
Despite their strong ties to smartphones and virtual communication, Gen Xers and Millennials still crave face-to-face interaction, and the philanthropic sector is taking note.
Sharing the knowledge: Encore, SCORE programs pass on real-world experience to new entrepreneurs
GRAND RAPIDS — People at or near retirement age are increasingly looking to create a next chapter in their lives that will give them opportunities to work and make meaningful contributions.
Despite uncertainty of 2016, philanthropy posts modest annual gains
Philanthropic giving in a presidential election year typically remains stagnant.
The Source partners with Grand Circus to offer I.T. training
GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.
With Hackett, Ford hopes for another visionary CEO
When Jim Hackett retired from the corner office at Steelcase Inc. in 2014, he told MiBiz the “narrative is still being written” about what he planned to do in the next phase of his professional life.
Our LGBT Fund raises $520,000 to support services in West Michigan
GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.
Partnership drives tech sector training
A new partnership and grant dollars aim to help train future technology sector employees.
Blandford to convert Highlands Golf Course back to nature
GRAND RAPIDS — Blandford Nature Center has collaborated with local partners on a transformational land deal that could help reshape a neighborhood on the west side of Grand Rapids.
REACHING ACROSS THE AISLE: Nonprofits need to engage, share data more than ever, panelists say
The nonprofit community has a unique opportunity to engage individuals from both sides of the political aisle in meaningful conversations to find common ground. That was a key theme during a panel discussion as part of the 2017 MiBiz Best Managed Nonprofits Awards, held on Tuesday at the Goei Center in Grand Rapids.