Annual Report

2022 Results

Investing in our Future

2022 was a year of investing in a better future. As our communities emerge with a wealth of learnings from the pandemic years, we have been able to work with partners to chart a new path forward. We are also investing in the future of the Frey Foundation as we transition fully from second to the third generation leadership. These investments are proud moments of intentionality that declare that the future must not look like the past. We stand determined to build new and better systems, whether it be for housing, childcare, our environment or a more equitable arts community, we are committed to building that better future with our partners.


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Stories of Impact

A Community Responds

Collaborative Effort to Address Childcare Crisis in Emmet County

Access to high quality, affordable childcare is an essential element of a thriving community. In Michigan, there is only one childcare space for every four children under the age of 12. This situation is often even more challenging in Northern Michigan and rural areas, like Emmet County, where more than one third of families pay more than $1,000/month for childcare. The impact of this undersupply is felt throughout the community and North Central Michigan College is responding to this systemic issue. It launched the first phase of its three-phased Child Care Initiative in 2022, pulling together multi-sector partners to develop a community-centered plan for a sustainable and viable local child care system.

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2022 Grants Awarded

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Organization NameProject TitleGrant AmountProgram AreaArea Served
American RiversEfforts to expand the implementation of green stormwater infrastructure projects on private property along the Lower Grand River $20,000 EnvironmentWest Michigan
AQUME Foundation2022 Gold Gala Annual Fundraiser $1,500 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
ArtPrize Grand RapidsArtPrize 2022 and efforts to increase organization sustainability $110,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Black United Fund of MichiganThe Soul of Philanthropy Michigan Reframed and Exhibited at Muse GR $1,000 Family & PhilanthropyState of Michigan
Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth, Inc.Pilot partnership with Camp Blodgett in the operation of Camp O'Malley $18,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Charlevoix County Community FoundationCharlevoix County Housing Solutions Fund to address housing cost and availability in Charlevoix County $35,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Cherry Health FoundationRenovations and expansion to launch the Belknap Urgent Dental Care Center $20,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Citizens Research Council of Michigan2022 Public Policy Event $1,000 Building CommunityState of Michigan
City of Grand Rapids2022 Neighborhood Summit $1,500 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Community Foundation for Muskegon CountyThe Next 90 Years, a campaign to renovate and preserve the historic Frauenthal Center $150,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Community RebuildersExpansion of Community Housing Connect and community collaboration efforts to streamline the coordinated entry system in Kent County $100,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Conductive Learning CenterEfforts to grow the Conducting Readiness Program and to increase organization sustainability $20,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies2022 Joint Aquatic Sciences convening $1,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Council of Michigan Foundations, Inc.2022 Annual Conference and Community Celebration in Grand Rapids $20,000 Family & PhilanthropyState of Michigan
Discovery Center Great LakesDiscovery Pier Project to transform a former coal dock into a barrier-free public park $70,000 EnvironmentNorthern Michigan
East Grand Rapids Crew TeamExpansion of existing facility to accommodate year-round training, community outreach and storage $10,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Feeding America West Michigan Food BankNourish Tomorrow advancement campaign to relocate its headquarters and to double its capacity $240,000 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids2022 Festival of the Arts in downtown Grand Rapids $5,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Foundation for Muskegon Community CollegePresidential Investiture for Dr. John Selmon $250 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Good Hart Artist Residency Inc.Year-round artist residency program located in Emmet County $7,500 Community ArtsNorthern Michigan
Grand Rapids African American Health Institute2022 Annual Gala $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Ballet CompanyGrand Rapids Ballet 50th Anniversary Gala $2,500 Community ArtsState of Michigan
Grand Rapids Ballet Company50th anniversary campaing including facility updates that improve accessibility, efficiency, and the athlete experience $75,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Children's Museum2022 State of Play Breakfast $5,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Community FoundationGrand Rapids Donor Advised Fund $150,000 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for three of the community-led philanthropy funds—Black Legacy Fund, Our LGBTQ Fund and Somos Comunidad Fund—as a part of its Centennial Campaign $150,000 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Community FoundationSupport for the Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund (NPTA) $30,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Grand Rapids Symphony Society2023 Celebration of Soul $3,500 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Harbor Springs Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation2022 Harbor Stars Community Awards Dinner $1,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Harbor Springs Area Historical SocietyBringing History to Life campaign to develop a public historical corridor in Harbor Springs $75,000 Family & PhilanthropyNorthern Michigan
Healing Our Waters Great Lakes Coalition2022 Great Lakes Conference $1,000 EnvironmentState of Michigan
Heart of West Michigan United WayStrengthen the capacity of the Kent County Continuum of Care homelessness response $75,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Hispanic Center of Western Michigan2022 Latinx Youth Conference $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Housing NextUpdate to the Kent County Housing Needs Assessment $20,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Housing North2022 Housing Summit Sponsorship $1,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Housing NorthUpdate to the Northwest Michigan Housing Needs Assessment $65,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
ICCF Community HomesDevelopment and launch of a Faith-Based Redevelopment Partnership program to advance affordable housing $100,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Inforum Michigan2022 Capstone Dinner, Diversity & Equity Sponsorship $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Issue Media GroupLaunch of Voices of Youth journalism program in Grand Rapids $15,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Kent County Parks FoundationSomething's Grilling XI sponsorship $2,500 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
Kiersten's RideStrengthen capacity to facilitate access to youth suicide-prevention training and other resources in Northern Michigan $5,000 Children and FamiliesNorthern Michigan
Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance2022 Summit on Race and Inclusion $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Lions & Rabbits Center for the Arts2022 After Dark GR event $5,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds2022 Annual Spring Forum $500 EnvironmentWest Michigan
Mel Trotter MinistriesEfforts to respond to the seasonal increase in need for services $10,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Mental Health Foundation of West Michiganbe together. campaign to expand programming to rural elementary, middle and high schools and relocate its headquarters $132,000 Children and FamiliesState of Michigan
Michigan Crossroads Council, Boy Scouts of America2022-2023 Adventure Point Summit Leadership Experience to increase access to Grand Rapids Public Schools students $10,000 Family & PhilanthropyWest Michigan
Michigan League for Public Policy2022 Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) Forum $1,000 Building CommunityState of Michigan
Michigan League for Public PolicyIncreasing Kids Count data capacity for data driven advocacy $30,000 Children and FamiliesState of Michigan
Michigan Women Forward2022 WomanUp & Celebrate! $2,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Mosaic CounselingMosaic Counseling feasibility study to expand into Kent County $15,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
National Center for Family PhilanthropyImplementation of its strategic plan designed to deepen its service to family philanthropy $100,000 Family & PhilanthropyState of Michigan
North Central Michigan College FoundationTed Frey Pursuit of Knowledge Memorial Scholarship endowment fund $50,000 Family & PhilanthropyNorthern Michigan
North Central Michigan College FoundationPlanning phase of the Emmet County child care initiative to address the child care crisis and build a community-based child care system $23,000 Children and FamiliesNorthern Michigan
Northern Homes Community Development CorporationStrengthen and build the capacity of the Harbor Area Residential Trust $30,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Northwest Michigan Habitat for HumanityFoundations for Our Future campaign to increase the supply of affordable housing as well as organization sustainability $250,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
ODC NetworkConstruction and programmatic launch of the Dragonflies Discovery Preschool $225,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Our Kitchen TableStrengthen and build capacity of core programs designed to improve food security within communities of color in the greater Grand Rapids area $28,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationEmmet County Housing Solutions Fund to address housing cost and availability in Emmet County $35,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community FoundationAcquisition of vacant parcel near downtown Petoskey for near-term development of workforce housing $55,000 Building CommunityNorthern Michigan
Presbyterian Villages of Michigan FoundationUpgrade the commercial kitchen at Village of Hillside community center to help increase organization sustainability $5,260 Family & PhilanthropyNorthern Michigan
Puertas AbiertasSupport for the organization's mental-health focused, youth violence prevention program $5,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
Realism Is LoyaltyEach One Teach One mentoring program for Grand Rapids high school students at risk of violence $58,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Rende Progress CapitalEfforts to increase access to capital and growth opportunities for entrepreneurs of color who experienced financial harm from the pandemic $75,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
Rotary Charities of Traverse CityIncreasing capacity building efforts of the Leadership Learning Lab through a partnership with natioanl resources of Catchafire $75,000 Family & PhilanthropyNorthern Michigan
Saint Mark's Episcopal ChurchPlanning efforts to increase the accessibility and sustainability of its Breakfast Cafe $9,500 Building CommunityWest Michigan
TalentFirstLandscape scan of adult basic education in Michigan and a plan to move Michigan toward national leadership in the field $5,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
The DiatribeProject 49507 in 2022 and 2023 and organizational capacity building $65,000 Community ArtsWest Michigan
The Lighthouse Immigrant AdvocatesNew Americans Legal Clinic to serve the legal needs of Afghan refugees resettling in West Michigan $30,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
The Nature Conservancy, Michigan ChapterWhitefish tributary restoration project to restore the Lake Michigan whitefish population $28,740 EnvironmentState of Michigan
United Methodist Community HousePre-campaign planning and donor cultivation efforts for a comprehensive strategy to provide high quality early care and education and accessible housing to seniors $13,000 Children and FamiliesWest Michigan
West Michigan Chapter of Association of Fundraising Professionals2022 National Philanthropy Day $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation2022 Annual Awards Gala $1,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan
West Michigan TrailsGrand River Edges segment—Leonard to Ann Street along the river’s edge—as a part of the Building Connections, Building Communities campaign $150,000 EnvironmentWest Michigan
West Michigan TrailsWayfinding Signage Plan and Implementation Guide for West Michigan's regional trail and bikeway network $10,000 EnvironmentWest Michigan
Women's Resource CenterPropel campaign to expand programming, renovate and relocate its headquarters to southeast Grand Rapids $125,000 Building CommunityWest Michigan