A letter from our President
A History of Listening to Community Voices
Community is at the heart of every grant we make at the Frey Foundation. It’s a legacy we’ve built on for more than three decades. Listening to community voices is core to how we approach our work. It was instilled in us by our founders, Edward and Frances Frey, and it continues today as a new generation of Frey family trustees advances the Foundation into the 21st century.
Whether supporting the decade-long restoration of the Boardman River in Northern Michigan, or improving school readiness for young children through the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative in Grand Rapids, we’ve made community engagement a priority. As a result, we’ve developed meaningful collaborations that are helping us move the needle in the Foundation’s four program areas—building community, children & families, community arts and the environment.
As you read this annual report and click through to the Foundation’s website, you’ll learn how we’ve adjusted our approach to meet emerging and future needs. We are combining community voices with data and science.