Community foundations make up one of the fastest growing sectors of philanthropy in the United States today. They build and strengthen communities by making it possible for a wide range of donors to participate in creating permanent funds to meet present and future needs.  In many cases, they have become catalysts for improvement within urban centers and in rural settings through philanthropy that is visionary, diverse and inclusive. The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is a perfect example of this.  In 2008, the leadership of the Foundation initiated the “Building Community Philanthropy” campaign to raise funds for a new home in a growing and vibrant section of downtown Grand Rapids.  With a wonderful mission and excellent staff, the Foundation’s campaign was a...
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