LGBT Fund

West Michigan, it’s time. Support our LGBT community.

Our LGBT Fund was established by Shelley Padnos and Carol Sarosik, a West Michigan couple who chose to spearhead changes in the community after attending OutGiving, a LGBT philanthropic conference sponsored by the Gill Foundation. Inspired by the conference and the insight that the LGBT community needs to initiate support for LGBT issues, they partnered with the Grand Rapids Community Foundation to lead the charge against issues faced by LGBT youth.

Support Us

Support this cause today by contributing to Our LGBT Fund now. All contributions will be kept in West Michigan and are 100% tax-deductible. If you are interested in making a bequest or a planned gift, please contact Marilyn Zack, she’ll be happy to help!

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  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation

    The Community Foundation exists to build and manage our community’s permanent endowment and lead the community to strengthen the lives of its people. That’s why we are pleased to announce Our LGBT Fund, a brand new initiative to support LGBT people in our region.

  • Purpose

    Provide a safe, welcoming and healthy environment for the LGBT community in West Michigan by increasing wellness and prosperity levels, visibility, acceptance, support and access to resources.

  • Vision

    Create equal opportunity for the LGBT community. With an initial focus on homeless youth in West Michigan, the Fund will accomplish its work by increasing the capacity of existing service providers and leveraging relationships within the LGBT community and with straight allies.

  • Needs

    Our LGBT Fund will help us understand the scope of LGBT challenges in the community and find ways to address them. We will also concentrate on filling the gap in LGBT leadership at the state and community levels.

Other Ways You Can Help

Giving isn't the only way you can support LGBT issues in West Michigan.

Spread the Word

Help us reach out to area businesses, organizations and straight allies to spread the news about the fund and the community needs it addresses. Contact us to find out more.

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Become an Ally

Be an ally at home, school, church and work. Allies are some of the most effective and powerful voices of the LGBT community. Not only do allies help people in the coming-out process, they also help others understand the importance of equality, fairness, acceptance and mutual respect.

Our Community

We Can Make a Difference Together

Time for acceptance, equality and prosperity for our LGBT community. This is our home, where we work, support local businesses, take care of our friends and neighbors and raise our families. And now it’s time to take care of each other, too. Join these local community residents in supporting Our LGBT Fund.

A photo of Tommy Allen

Tommy Allen

Regardless of who you are, we do all matter and offer a beautiful uniqueness.

A photo of Ken Terpstra + Ken Bandstra

Ken Terpstra & Ken Bandstra

Equality is essential for all, regardless of who we are. Until that happens, we need to be there for each other.

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Nadira Kharmai

Community inclusion promotes fairness, creativity, new friendships, and greater understanding.

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Amy & Erin Wilson

Our family strongly believes in equality and we are supportive of efforts to achieve this.

Donors as of February 1, 2015

  • Brian and Ronna Alexander
  • Mr. William E. Alt
  • American Century Investments Foundation
  • Deborah J. Hughes and Frederick J. Antczak
  • Deb Bailey
  • Bill Baillargeon
  • Mark and Mary Kay Baker
  • Rick Baker and Bernie Elliott
  • David Balas and Jim Sellman
  • Ken Bandstra and Ken Terpstra
  • Bank of America Charitable Foundation
  • Mr. Zachary Bauer
  • Laurie Finney Beard
  • Ms. Mary A. Bejian
  • Mr. Tim Bell and Mr. Max Myers
  • Connie Bellows and Darlene Zwart
  • John and Claudia Berry
  • Ms. Barb Bevan
  • Kristine Bishop
  • Lynne Black
  • Mr. and Mrs. David M. Blandford
  • Ms. Rosalynn Bliss
  • Mr. Brian Bode
  • Mr. Reed Bretz
  • The Brooks Family
  • Andrew and Janay Brower
  • Duane Brown and Kevin Martin
  • Mr. Marty Brown
  • Mr. Matthew Buccilla
  • Mr. Edward J. Bucher
  • John and Debra Byl
  • John Cannarsa and Tim Straker
  • Mr. Ken Carls
  • Professor Susan Carson
  • Ms. Stacey E. Cassis and Dr. Arianna T. Morales
  • Timothy Chester and Henry Matthews
  • Ms. Susan M. Cleland and Ms. Jane M. Gietzen
  • Thomas C. Clinton
  • Mr. Monty Collins and Mr. Jerry Dark
  • Congregation Emanuel for Dr. Albert Lewis
  • Steve and Sue Conway
  • Conway Family Foundation
  • Dr. Paul Cook
  • Heather Cooper and Diane Titche
  • Mr. Thomas Craig and Mr. Ken Fox
  • Creative Change Mission, LLC
  • Ms. Annette Cress
  • Holly Davis and Kay Hanna
  • Mr. Gordon DeLong
  • Dan DeWitt and Lisa DeFerrari
  • Rebecca Dickenson
  • Matthew Downey
  • Ms. Lucy Dyer Joswick
  • Mr. Jason K. England
  • Jeanne Englehart and Jack Novick
  • Adam and Laura Epstein
  • Mr. Carl Erickson and Mrs. Mary O’Neill
  • Mr. Jonathan Farman
  • Ms. Jessica Fields
  • Mr. David Fink and Mr. Kim Clark
  • Ms. Christine Fisher
  • Mr. and Mrs. James R. Flemming
  • Dan Fogel and Brenda Behm
  • Ellie Frey Zagel
  • Mr. Mark Holzbach and Mr. Dana Friis-Hansen
  • Mr. Christian Gaines
  • Mr. William Galligan
  • Larry W. Gammons and Carl I. Jennings
  • Mr. Kevin Geary
  • Mr. and Mrs. Owen Geisz
  • Meg Goebel
  • Mr. Ken Gray
  • Jeffrey Green and Christopher Rutledge
  • Ms. Diane Griffin and Ms. Lisa Costanza
  • Mr. Christopher Hacker
  • Mrs. Melissa Hansen
  • Jana and John Hanson
  • Ms. Karen Hays
  • Mr. Jon Helmrich and Mr. Stephen Mottram
  • Prof. Jason Herlands
  • Ms. Amy Herring
  • David Hill and Elizabeth Kidd
  • Bryan Hoffman and Mark LaChey
  • Sue Hood and Ann Vlcek
  • Sandra Hopwood
  • Daniel and Joseph Huber
  • Dave Hulst and Joe Michaels
  • Mr. Daniel J. Hurwitz
  • Hyde Creative
  • Win and Kyle Irwin
  • Mr. James Jacobs
  • Christopher Jasinski
  • Ingrid Jensen and Renee Williams
  • Bob Johnson
  • Glen Johnson and Thomas P. Merchant
  • Terry Johnston
  • Mr. and Mrs. Vern Jones
  • Norm Jones and Jim Engberg
  • Mr. Peter Kauffman and Mr. Timothy Augsten
  • The W. K. Kellogg Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Jill and Frank Kelly
  • Ms. Sharon Kelly
  • Ruth and Carl Kelly
  • Mr. Raymond M. Kennedy
  • Michael Kerkorian
  • Roberta F. King and Mike J. Miesch
  • Becky and Wally Knack
  • Mr. Todd Knight
  • Mr. Stephen M. Knollenberg
  • Steve and Mary Kretschman
  • Mira Krishnan
  • Scott and Linda LaFontsee
  • Jeff Schad and Marilyn Lankfer
  • Ms. Laura Leenhouts
  • Mr. Matt Levin
  • Richard Lord and Brian Schipper
  • Lostn Foundation
  • Arend and Nancy Lubbers
  • Jan Lunquist and Michael May
  • Cynthia Mader
  • Stephen Maniaci
  • Daniel and Deborah Mankoff
  • Mr. Patrick Mannix and Mr. Dan McCloskey
  • Jamie Marks and Mark Scott
  • Mr. James Marks
  • Karen and Sue
  • Max B. Matteson
  • Brian May and Kirk Moore
  • Ms. Jill May and Ms. Jennifer DeHaan
  • Grant McCorkhill and Alan Zuber
  • Brad McCoy and Patrick Plank
  • Mr. Ryan McGuire
  • Joe and Donna Milauckas
  • Debra L. Minton and Terri Osborne
  • David Morris
  • Ms. Kary Moss
  • Mrs. Lynn Mulder
  • Mr. Gregory Nelson
  • Sofia Nelson
  • Mr. Mark Nettleton
  • Mr. John Newland and Mr. Doug McIntosh
  • Karen and Tim O’Donovan
  • Dan and Ann O’Keefe
  • Ms. Mary Ortiz
  • Martin and Enid Packard
  • Douglas and Nancy Padnos
  • Hannah Padnos
  • Mitchell and Karen Padnos
  • Mr. and Mrs. Seymour K. Padnos
  • Ms. Cindy Padnos and Mr. Jim Redmond
  • Padnos/Sarosik Fund
  • The Louis and Helen Padnos Foundation
  • Dan Persinger and Claire Whitman
  • Pfizer Foundation Matching Gifts Program
  • Michael Pfleghaar and Tommy Allen
  • Ms. Amy Pierce
  • Susan Pierson
  • Ms. Nancy Plantinga
  • Mr. Greg Plowe
  • Ms. Pam Potgeter
  • Mr. and Mrs. Paul Potter
  • Jim and Marie Preston
  • John and Ann Puckett
  • Adair and Mark Putnam
  • Ms. Linda Quinde
  • Marcia L. Rapp
  • Mr. Christopher Reader
  • Susan Reck
  • Dottie Rhodes and Gwen O’Brien
  • Ms. Meridith Ridl
  • Mr. Eric Ringquist
  • Richard A. Roane and Leandro Robles
  • Mr. Leonard Robinson
  • Ms. Deborah A. Rockman
  • Ms. Vicki J. Rosenberg
  • Bill Rowe and Alan Angeloff
  • Sabo Public Relations, LLC
  • Mark Salisbury and Fernando Villeda
  • Mr. Mark Saltzman
  • Saugatuck Harbor Insurance
  • Donald Schipper and John Seros
  • Jane Frey and James Schipper
  • Kate Luckert Schmid
  • James Schmiechen
  • Josh Shames and Jason Kalajainen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Shaw
  • Shaun and Ruth Shira
  • Diana R. Sieger
  • Mr. and Mrs. Brent Slay
  • Ms. Megan Smith
  • Ms. Ellen V. Sprouls
  • Square One Design
  • Amanda and Ryan St. Pierre
  • Mary and Rick Stevens
  • Stonewall Community Foundation
  • Betty Stremich and Nancy Sojka
  • Michele Suchovsky-Gabrosek and Dr. John Gabrosek
  • Missy Summers and Jenny Seckinger
  • Joe Sweeney
  • Mr. Jose M. Teixeira
  • Robert and Colleen Tobin
  • Tracy K. Van Solkema
  • Ms. Jaye VanLenten and Ms. Janette Tazzia
  • Sheila E. VanZile
  • Ms. Amy VeNard
  • Phil and Kathleen Vogelsang
  • Warner Norcross & Judd Fund
  • Lynn Warshaw and Vicki Esch
  • Water Street Gallery
  • Karin and Steve Waterbury
  • Mr. Ben Watson
  • Ms. Karen Watson
  • Elizabeth Welch
  • Charles Winslow, M.D. and Judy K. Sopeland
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Bruce and Susan Young
  • Marilyn and Garrett Zack
  • Mr. Mark Zancanaro
  • Rev. David Baak and Betty Zylstra