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.

Mission

Cultivating community resources to enrich educational experiences and remove barriers so every student learns, develops, and thrives.

Vision

All GRPS students are inspired and supported to pursue their dreams and shape their community’s future.

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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

Dedication

We are a dedicated partner to GRPS by being intentional in our consistency and responsiveness in meeting the needs of the scholars.

Equity

We pursue equity in opportunities and outcomes by ensuring all scholars share in the abundance of our community.

Inclusion

We create equity-based solutions by fully valuing and affirming all identities and experiences in our design, decision making, and partnerships.

Integrity

We demand integrity from ourselves, GRPS, and all partners by focusing on accountability, financial responsibility, and transparency.

Collaboration

We value collaboration by working openly, honestly, and authentically with donors, partners, and GRPS.

Possibility

We value collaboration by working openly, honestly, and authentically with donors, partners, and GRPS.

Our Team

Stephanie Adams

Holly Visser

Suzanne Prell

Olivia Marquez

Board Of Directors

Executive Board

Brendan Geary, President
Private Capital, LLC

Misti Stanton, Vice President
Mercantile Bank

Gretchen Mousel, Treasurer
West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology

Amy Turner Thole,  Secretary
Community Member

Monica Steimle App, Member at Large
Rockford Construction

Madelaine Lane, Member at Large
Warner Norcross & Judd

Board of Directors

Anne Marie Carson
Miller Johnson

Charissa C. Huang
Smith Haughey Rice and Rougue

Christine Arnold
Inclusive Performance Strategies

Joe DiBenedetto
Lambert

Dr. Leadriane Roby
GRPS Superintendent

Matt Marlow
GREA President Exoffico

Max Gibbs
Community Member

Mike Huff
Padagis LLC

Paul Lee
All in Hospitality

Dr. Peter Knoester
Anesthesia Practice Consultants

Ruth Posthumus
Community Member

Sommar Boese
Perrigo

Tim Duflo
Deloitte

Bridget Cheney
GRPS Liaison

Raynard Ross
Board of Education Liaison

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.

GR8 SPORTS, GREAT KIDS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Art Gray, Chair

Kurt Johnson

Walter Moore, Jr.

Katelin Spielmaker

Jason Zylstra

Michael Huff, Vice Chair

Joel Kamstra

Ana Aleman-Putnam

Misti Stanton

Anne Marie Carson

Ron Knaus

Alexis Reame

Amy Turner-Thole

Kellie Dean

Greg Meyer

Calli Schmid

Lynn Yardley

FAQ

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.

You can visit the site directly at https://grps.org

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!

Our organization takes its privacy policy seriously and takes steps to protect and ensure the safety of our supporters. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit. For more detailed information visit our Privacy Policy page.