Posts by: Roberta King

  • Posted on September 12, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    More Trees=A Better Community for All

    In her State of the City address, Mayor Rosalyn Bliss called attention to a citywide goal of achieving 40 percent tree canopy as core to our city’s environmental sustainability and her work as mayor. In full [...]
  • Posted on September 12, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    2016 Scholarship Awards

    This year, Grand Rapids Community Foundation awarded 630 scholarships to students and awards totaled $1,148,150. “We are pleased to be able to award over $1 million for the third consecutive year,” said Grand Rapids Community Foundation Education Program Officer Ruth [...]
  • Posted on July 05, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    The Gift of Giving It Away

    Over the last few months, Grand Rapids Community Foundation has been spreading the word—via postcards, a special edition of Current, blog posts, videos, a special event and social media—about estate planning and planned giving. We [...]
  • Posted on July 05, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Metz Legacy Society: Kathy Humphrey

    If you searched for one word to describe Kathy Humphrey it might be passionate. But, it also could be prevention. Advocate and compassion come to mind too. “I grew up with parents who taught me [...]
  • Posted on March 24, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    100 NEW PHILANTHROPIST: Megan Sall

    She’s a native West Michigander who grew up in Grand Rapids. Megan Sall left the community to serve, explore and work before growing roots in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids. “Prior to my current [...]
  • Posted on March 24, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    100 NEW PHILANTHROPIST: Jason Franklin

    New to Grand Rapids, Jason Franklin, PhD, is exuberant about philanthropy, his new house in Eastown and community philanthropy. In less than a year, the first W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center [...]
  • Posted on February 08, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Being Organized for the Time After Life

    When my father died in September, 2014 I was certain that his affairs were in order—he had an estate plan and since the death of my mother nearly 20 years prior we’d updated his plan [...]
  • Posted on January 20, 2016 – Posted by: Roberta King

    Helping in Flint

    Philanthropy is about finding long-term solutions to a community's problems, but it is also how we respond in a crisis. We urge you to consider doing something for the people of Flint. Beyond donating water--which [...]
  • Posted on December 16, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    ONE HUNDRED NEW PHILANTHROPISTS: Scott and Lucy Joswick

    Lucy Dyer Joswick and Scott Joswick have a passion for social justice and a deep-rooted desire to open the doors of philanthropy and show that everyone can be a changemaker. In their living, giving and [...]
  • Posted on December 14, 2015 – Posted by: Roberta King

    100 NEW PHILANTHROPISTS: Emily and Ben VerWys

    Ben and Emily VerWys, an investment advisor at Action Point Financial and realtor at Keller Williams respectively, are strategic thinkers and connected community members. “When we heard about how the Community Foundation could help us [...]