These reflections on 2023 are featured in our latest annual report. You can explore the full report here.

From our President and Board Chair

In 2023, we awarded $8.6 million in grants, gave scholarships to 327 students, and issued $5.1 million in impact investments. We also launched the Newaygo County Housing Partnership Fund to support housing creation. Grants from the fund have allowed recipients to leverage nearly $9 million in total project investments so far.

Along with the successes of 2023, we also experienced the loss of our friend Mary Rangel. Mary served on our Board of Trustees for nine years and chaired our Poverty to Prosperity Committee. Her legacy will live on through her family, her endowment fund, the many people she helped, and the lessons we learned from her about exercising compassion, optimism, and dedication.

It is partners like Mary—and people like you—who shape our work. By partnering closely with donors and organizations, we can proactively find solutions and take courageous action. Money alone will never solve problems. We must work together and recognize that it is often small steps that truly create a brighter future.

We hope you enjoy this annual report and that it sparks ideas for ways we can partner in the year ahead. Thank you for your philanthropy through volunteering, acts of kindness, donating to causes you care most about, and helping lead change. You make all the difference.

Shelly Kasprzycki, President and CEO
Lori Tubbergen Clark, PhD, 2023 Board Chair