Who We Are
We are a nonprofit that works to help raise money and resources for GRPS, so that all GRPS students can have an opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive!
While we work to support GRPS, we are a completely independent nonprofit organization. Our organization works with the help of 23 volunteer board of directors, three ex-officio board members, four staff members, and countless volunteers.
Committed to Diversity and Inclusion
The GRPSF recognizes that diversity and inclusion is pivotal to the success of any non-profit initiative seeking to create a sustainable environment. The GRPS Foundation believes in incorporating multiple perspectives to demonstrate our commitment to fair and equal access to public education. Diversity fosters an environment that facilitates exchange of different perspectives and ways of being. Diversity creates an environment that fosters appreciation and recognition of the values, skills, voices and abilities of everyone. The GRPS Foundation will recognize and define this through incorporation of a multiplicity of voices, cultures, genders, race, creeds, perspectives in thought and action, in policy and practice, in all spheres of the Foundation. The GRPS Foundation prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status or any other characteristic or status protected by state or federal laws.
Our Core Values
Board Of Directors
Brendan Geary, President
Private Capital, LLC
Misti Stanton, Vice President
Gretchen Mousel, Treasurer
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology
Amy Turner Thole, Secretary
Monica Steimle App, Member at Large
Madelaine Lane, Member at Large
Warner Norcross & Judd
Anne Marie Carson
Charissa C. Huang
Smith Haughey Rice and Rougue
Inclusive Performance Strategies
Dr. Leadriane Roby
GREA President Exoffico
All in Hospitality
Dr. Peter Knoester
Anesthesia Practice Consultants
Board of Education Liaison
Tony Baker, Ph.D.
Ferris State University
GRPSF Board members, including former GRPS Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal, get a tour of CA Frost High School from two proud sophomores.
From left: Brendan Geary, Max Gibbs, and Jill Wilterdink.
Art Gray, Chair
Walter Moore, Jr.
Michael Huff, Vice Chair
Anne Marie Carson
The Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation is dedicated to the educational well-being of every Grand Rapids Public Schools student. As the exclusive fundraising partner for GRPS, we are committed to linking community resources and raising funds to benefit the more than 15,000 students and 45 schools in the district.
ESSER Funds stands for Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. Learn more here.
We’re always on the lookout for individuals like you wanting to share their talents with us. Visit our How To Help section to find out ways to donate or volunteer.
We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization. We make our IRS Form 990 available for review, as required by law. Visit our Financials page to learn more.
Teachers can apply directly through GRPS!
The Student Advancement Foundation is now the GRPS Foundation. Same organization, new name!