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Lindsay Patton-Carson

Lindsay Patton-Carson

Staff writer

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Despite a drop in statewide unemployment to its lowest level since 2002, nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance to families have seen an increase in demand.

A month and a half into the new year, Kalamazoo Community Foundation is focused on executing on its plan to find ways to partner with local nonprofits to help the community reach its full potential.

After years of working together, two Grand Rapids-based child-focused nonprofit organizations have decided to merge their operations.

Sunday, 18 January 2015 22:00

Game on

If you are of the meat-eating persuasion and have never tasted wild boar, quail, elk, rabbit or duck, perhaps you should step out of your comfort zone a little bit. One way you can do this is on Feb. 2 when San Chez Tapas Bistro moves away from typical tapas and focuses on wild game flavors.

Gina Schulz recently took on duties as vice president of development at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. She came to the organization with more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Previously, she held positions as the director of the West Michigan region for the American Diabetes Association and director of development at March of Dimes West Michigan.

After 11 years of operating as a nonprofit, the board of directors at the Battle Creek-based Educators’ Task Force decided recently to disband the organization.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation currently has $329 million in assets and 643 active funds. The foundation manages and builds these funds to provide grants to nonprofits within the community. For the past 27 years, Diana Sieger has held the position as the foundation’s president. She spoke with MiBiz about her outlook for West Michigan’s nonprofit sector.  

Grand Rapids-based Avanti Law Group practices in the areas of immigration law, criminal defense, family law, estate planning, labor and employment, civil litigation, class action lawsuit, personal injury and wrongful death. Co-founder Raquel Salas believes the 2015 economic outlook varies between individuals and industries, but she’s bullish on her firm’s prospects.

The Hispanic Center has been providing unmet social services to West Michigan’s Hispanic community since 1978. That’s important because over the last 14 years, Kent County’s Hispanic population has grown 45 percent. The Hispanic Center offers family services, GED programs, language services and more. The organization hosts the annual Hispanic Festival in downtown Grand Rapids, which features music, food and, new this year, the Mercado, a showcase of local artists in the Hispanic community.

Goodwill Industries helps people within the West Michigan area achieve self-sufficiency. It does this through career services and training resources, various Goodwill stores and the Blue Spoon catering and event planning hospitality work experience program. With last winter’s harsh weather conditions, donations were down, so Goodwill had to get creative in making it easier for people to donate.

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