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Displaying items tagged: nonprofits

Thursday, 02 February 2023 08:35

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.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 29 January 2023 18:00

Hispanic Center of West Michigan weighs forming CDFI to serve Latinx community

GRAND RAPIDS — A new community development financial institution could form in West Michigan to support Hispanic entrepreneurs.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 26 January 2023 17:49

Chicago-based CDFI expands reach into West Michigan to support nonprofits

A Chicago organization that provides capital and other support to nonprofits looks to build momentum and reach across the west side of the state after opening an office in Grand Rapids last spring.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 12 January 2023 16:12

‘Noticeable change’ at GR Community Media Center under new leadership

GRAND RAPIDS — After a tumultuous year of internal dissension, as well as internal and external reviews based on allegations of executive wrongdoing, the Grand Rapids Community Media Center has regained its footing under a new leader.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 14:31

Dwelling Place set to break ground on 42-unit community land trust housing project

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit housing developer Dwelling Place plans to break ground this spring on a years-long project to build 42 homes in Grand Rapids’ Garfield Park Neighborhood. 

Thursday, 29 December 2022 12:47

Pandemic fundraising and new beginnings: The 10 most-read nonprofit stories of 2022

After nearly two years of contending with a pandemic that brought fundraising uncertainty and growing community needs, West Michigan nonprofits spent 2022 finding new ways to serve and capturing much-needed federal relief funding.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 28 December 2022 16:43

Constance Brown Hearing Centers to become part of Bronson Medical Group

Constance Brown Hearing Centers will become part of Bronson Healthcare next week, allowing for easier collaboration and follow-up care between the two organizations.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 20 December 2022 12:52

New Hope Network CEO discusses canceled neuro rehabilitation deal, 2023 plans

A former office furniture executive whose career includes positions at Kentwood Office Furniture and the former Herman Miller Inc., Bob Von Kaenel took over as Hope Network’s CEO on Dec. 1.

Published in Nonprofits
Friday, 16 December 2022 15:17

West Mich. housing organizations awarded $4.2M from state Missing Middle Housing Program

Four West Michigan housing nonprofits will receive $4.2 million in state grant funding to construct or upgrade 71 homes and rental units.


Sunday, 18 December 2022 18:00

Nonprofits confront economic challenges to fundraising in 2023 as community needs grow

As 2023 approaches with rising interest rates and widespread predictions of at least a mild recession, some nonprofit leaders are already seeing the effects of rising consumer prices and other economic headwinds on fundraising.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 15:05

‘HONEST CONVERSATIONS’: Report spotlights racial gap in Michigan nonprofit leadership

A major statewide survey of nonprofit organizations highlights significant and persistent racial gaps in the sector as roughly three-quarters of Michigan nonprofits remain white-led.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 05 December 2022 17:21

The Diatribe still plans arts, culture hub after $2M Kent County ARPA rejection

GRAND RAPIDS — The Diatribe Inc. will still pursue plans for a mixed-use arts and cultural center despite the controversial removal of its $2 million request from Kent County’s list of federal stimulus-funded projects.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 11:46

Public-private partnership aims to create 1,000 child care slots across Ottawa Co.

Ottawa County officials have signed off on plans to leverage $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds with nearly $25 million from the private sector to create 1,000 new child care slots in the next three years.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 29 November 2022 16:47

Coalition aims to educate, amplify residents’ voices in GR budget process

GRAND RAPIDS — Dozens of individuals and organizations in Grand Rapids have formed the Coalition for Community Owned Safety to educate residents on the city’s budget and explore new ways to direct city funding to address the root causes of crime. 

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 21 November 2022 16:22

Goorhouse stepping down as leader of Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

HOLLAND — Mike Goorhouse began his work with the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area when he was just 14 years old. In the coming months, Goorhouse will say goodbye to the organization that he has led for the past eight years.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:48

More foundations, more giving: Johnson Center report offers 30-year retrospective on philanthropy 

Since Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy was founded 30 years ago, the nonprofit industry has seen seismic shifts in the amount of charitable giving, nonprofits’ assets, and the overall number of nonprofit organizations.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 10 November 2022 19:29

State House lawmakers pass housing bill package backed by biz, construction groups

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed four bills today aimed at creating more workforce housing projects across the state and addressing bottlenecks in housing development.

Thursday, 03 November 2022 13:17

DEI in the arts is a long but necessary process, local leaders say

Opera Grand Rapids, formed in 1966 to host musical productions that in prior decades had occurred through multiple local community and civic theater companies, is taking measures to help expose the arts to future and more diverse audiences.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 03 November 2022 09:38

Video Q&A: Council of Michigan Foundations leader shares philanthropy sector outlook

Council of Michigan Foundations President and CEO Kyle Caldwell spoke with MiBiz to discuss his outlook for the philanthropy sector heading into 2023.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 31 October 2022 14:32

WMCAT awarded $150K Google grant to launch tech career training program

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) recently received a $150,000 grant from Google to support the nonprofit’s new Adult Career Training Program.

Published in Talent
Thursday, 27 October 2022 17:09

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity launching first affordable townhomes for residents with disabilities

HOLLAND TWP. — Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity will break ground this week on its first housing project aimed specifically at individuals with disabilities.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:26

Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence endowment confronts inflation, stimulus funding

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence plans to cut spending on annual “aspirational” projects by more than half in 2023 to protect the endowment from economic headwinds and allow the city’s federal stimulus funding to potentially fill in gaps.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 10 October 2022 11:26

Auto manufacturer Gentex creates nonprofit foundation, STEM scholarship for women

ZEELAND — Tier 1 automotive supplier Gentex Corp. has created a nonprofit charitable foundation for its philanthropic efforts as well as a new scholarship program for women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 06 October 2022 14:32

Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root

Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy. Specifically, she wants to advance the notion that these residents are not simply “receivers” of funds, but also serve as “distributors.”

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 02 October 2022 12:11

Construction nonprofit launches services for underrepresented contractors

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction Allies in Action is launching the first phase of a new program to help underrepresented commercial and residential construction contractors grow their businesses. 

Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:03

15 lakeshore arts organizations begin intensive capacity-building initiative

HOLLAND — Fifteen lakeshore arts organizations are part of the latest capacity-building initiative facilitated by the prestigious University of Maryland-based DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM).

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 22 September 2022 12:42

GR housing nonprofit steps into developer role to address low-income needs

GRAND RAPIDS — Well House is working to construct new housing units in addition to its existing 15 homes that are occupied by renters that were formerly homeless. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 18 September 2022 05:00

New Gerber Foundation leader ‘deeply invested’ in advancing research on infants and children

FREMONT — The Gerber Foundation has a new top advocate for enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children who shares a deeply personal connection to the organization’s mission.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 08 September 2022 14:27

Meijer Gardens CEO to retire after selection of successor 

GRAND RAPIDS TWP. — David Hooker is retiring from his role as CEO and president of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park after leading the organization for 16 years.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 31 August 2022 09:30

GR nonprofits to redevelop former industrial site with housing, offices, ‘tiny home’ community

GRAND RAPIDS — A pair of Grand Rapids nonprofits plan to redevelop a vacant furniture manufacturing building on the city’s south side into housing and office space and also construct an onsite tiny home community.


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