Initiatives Overview

What We Do - The Bigger Picture

GRPS Foundation collects funds and cultivates community across a breadth of initiatives. For most people, the General Fund is an ideal place to start. But we encourage you to learn more about other ways to connect and support GRPS kids.

General

GRPS General Fund

Your gift today says our community cares about each and every student’s success.

Special Initiative

Great Sports, Great Kids

The goal of the program is to promote well-rounded student-athletes in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

General – Named Fund

Becky (Rebecca) Knack Fund

Your gift today says our community cares about each and every student’s success.

General

GRPS Employee Campaign

Your gift today says our community cares about each and every student’s success.

Special Initiative

UHS Building Champions

The goal of the program is to promote well-rounded student-athletes in the Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Special Initiative

Teresa Weatherall Neal Principal’s Discretionary Fund

The Teresa Weatherall Neal Principal’s Discretionary Fund allows principals to determine what needs can be remedied quickly. 

General

Planned Giving — Leave a Legacy

The Scholars Society make an impact and leave a legacy here in Grand Rapids. 

Special Initiative

Turkey Trot

5K Run/Walk begins at 8:00 am followed by a Mini Trot for children 12 and under.

Special Initiative

Foundation for the Future

Foundation for the Future is historically an annual fundraising event hosted by the Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation.

Donate

Established as an independent non-profit organization in 1993, the Foundation started as a vehicle for private funding to support athletics. Today, the Foundation has grown to support programs and projects that impact every aspect of a student’s education.

How It Works

Our goal is to raise, grow, and steward funds for GRPS. Funds are split between unrestricted, donor advised, special initiatives, and named funds. All grants are reviewed annually by GRPSF board members.

Looking to Apply for a Grant or Fund?

If you are a GRPS educator or partner looking for financial support – note that all funds and grants are distributed through GRPS, not the GRPS Foundation. For those requesting funding, you can learn more by visiting the link below.