We look to fund organizations that support workforce development to increase career advancement opportunities and a sustainable living wage for low-wage workers. Consideration is also given to organization that improve financial stability for families by improving access to existing community resources.
- Low- skilled, low - to - moderate income residents advance to higher skill jobs paying living wage
- People receive public benefits for which they qualify
- Residents gain entrepreneurial skills
- The number and diversity of locally owned businesses grow
Hope Network Workforce Development
To improve the likelihood that justice-involved veterans and those with service-related disabilities secure and maintain employment that results in personal and family self-sufficiency and prosperity.
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW)
To expand GROW's microloan fund for businesses owned by entrepreneurs, particularly women and people of color. This group often cannot secure traditional loans.
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
To support the Minority Business Accelerator that aims to increase the number of businesses owned by people of color in our community.
Next Step of West Michigan
To fund the acquisition and rehabilitation of 100 Garden SE, for the purpose of creating a new home for Next Step of West Michigan.
Opportunity Resource Fund
To provide support for three years to establish an office in Grand Rapids for the provision of small business loans throughout Kent and surrounding counties.