Support for Growing Up Blandford: a capital campaign to construct a new visitor engagement center, wet lab, covered pavilion and observation deck to accommodate the growing demand for environmental education for local students.
Program support to provide an update and recommendations to the International Joint Commissions (IJC) 2000 Great Lakes Report on Diversions, Exports and Consumptive Uses of Water in the Great Lakes Basin.
Support for A Place to Belong capital campaign centered on the acquisition and LEED-certified renovation of a downtown Grand Rapids building to house agency administration and expand community space for vulnerable populations.
Support for two broadly attended community convenings featuring noted scholar and author, john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in civil rights, civil liberties, and the structural systems that limit, rather than advance, opportunity.
Support for a comprehensive campaign to launch a first of its kind, medically-safe respite facility for patients, ages 3-18, and their families during the treatment and healing of immune compromising illnesses.
Support for the expansion of Calling All Colors, a program that provides middle and high school students in Kent County a safe environment to talk about race combined with the tools needed to foster inclusive school communities.
Capital support for the renovation of GRCC's Music Building - the oldest facility on the downtown campus, as well as the new construction, expansion, and community outreach for the new GRCC Laboratory Preschool.
Support for Raising Michiganders' Standard of Living initiative to develop a data-driven public policy agenda that will advance the economic characteristics of prosperous and thriving 21st century communities at the state level.
Planning support for the development and adoption of a Corridor Improvement District (CID) along the Michigan Street commercial corridor between College and Plymouth Ave and the contiguous areas surrounding.
Support for the purchase of a historically significant limestone cottage located at the intersection of two major trail networks (the Little Traverse Wheelway and North Western State Trail) to serve as a center for maps, information on health and wellness, youth and family programs and events, and education on the ecology of Northern Michigan.
Support for the inaugural DisArt Festival of 2015 - an international festival attracting more than 48,700 visitors to downtown Grand Rapids featuring a variety of exhibitions, performances, and workshops centered on Disability Arts and Culture.
Support for Youth Community Data Center - for the office of Our Communities Children to create and pilot an integrated data management system across diverse afterschool providers, to discover the combination of services that have the biggest impact on outcomes for youth.
Support for the Building Bridges for Brighter Futures Campaign to implement an approved advancement plan to initiate a wide range of youth programming at the Paul I. Phillips Club, while strengthening the programs and facilities at Steil and Seidman Clubs and Camp O'Malley.
Support for the Governor's Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives (OUMI) West Michigan office working to leverage existing resources and employ collaboration focused on urban revitalization in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Holland.
Support for the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA) merger with Ferris State University and Kendall College of Art & Design to preserve the organization and infrastructure in downtown Grand Rapids.
Support for First Step's Growing Every Child's Potential program continuing the work to integrate and coordinate the system of early care and education in Kent County while advocating for policy and sustainable funding.
Support for the campaign to create the Historic Barns Park and Botanic Garden on the grounds of the former State Mental Health Hospital in Traverse City providing a range of public recreational, educational and social opportunities.
Support for a regional strategic community engagement initiative entitled Grand Vision aimed at developing new local economy initiatives in northwest Michigan, including agri-business/locally-sourced food as well as priority setting for regional public transit.
Support for the Habitat's Building Blocks Campaign to reinvigorate Grand Rapids Westside neighborhoods by building/restoring 40 houses, and rehabilitating an additional 160 houses within a concentrated geographic area.
Support for the restoration and reopening of the historic Vogue Theatre in downtown Manistee creating high-quality entertainment space and becoming a catalyst for revitalizing downtown for the benefit of the larger community.
Support for the Standing Tall Capital Campaign to improve access to health care and the client experience through the renovation of its Grand Rapids, Petoskey, Traverse City and Marquette Health Centers.
Support for the Kalamazoo River Watershed Land Conservation Plan - to develop a consensus-based land conservation plan to identify, prioritize and guide the protection of water resources and significant natural areas in the Kalamazoo River Watershed.
Support for the Growing Hope for Children Capital Campaign - to expand the Lighthouse Academy, launch a specialized residential care program for minor girls traumatized by sex trafficking and make facility upgrades on Wedgwoods main campus in Kentwood.
Support for the Westside Area Specific Plan including economic development plan for Stockbridge & West Leonard commercial business districts, and Community Improvement District plans for Stockbridge, West Leonard & West Fulton Business Districts.