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    Steelcase Foundation 2010 Annual Report

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    CONNECT THE DOTS n To the community partners and a m friends of the Steelcase Foundation: o What does success in a community mean? A broader spectrum of people having access to healthy food, women recovering from b l alcoholism in a nurturing environment, kids from a low-performing school district earning a high-school diploma? p Yes. And no. These accomplishments are undeniably positive. Yet there’s a need to c k do more than offer support. We need to educate people, strengthen them and empower them. q If we teach a person to read, can we also teach them to help their own child learn? If we develop programs that engage kids enough to keep them in school, can we teach them to build other skills that will help r them continue that success beyond the classroom? d s j The Steelcase Foundation aligns itself with organizations that understand that success is not about achieving something good, but z v about reaching for something better. We invest our dollars in programs t u and ideas – like the ones you’ll read about here – that connect the dots between the individual and the bigger picture, proving that when you y x w empower one person, you empower a family, e i a neighborhood and an entire community. Kate Pew Wolters Board Chair Susan Broman f h President g 2

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    WHICH DOES NOT BELONG? A fresh approach to food On Saturday mornings it can be a challenge to make your way through the shoppers at the Fulton Street Farmers Market. Located in an urban neighborhood, the market – open several days a week during the main season – features fresh, local food options and draws people from all over Grand Rapids. So when the Midtown Neighborhood Association (MNA), which runs the market, began work on a neighborhood revitalization plan, it seemed like the ideal place to start. “The market is such an asset to the community,” says Christine Helms- Maletic, president of the MNA, who notes that the layout and facilities haven’t really changed since it opened back in 1922. The MNA brought in consultants to observe how people were using the market and to make recommendations for improvements. Plans (developed with funding assistance from the Foundation) were unveiled in late summer 2010, and include a permanent covering for the stalls, wheelchair accessibility, additional restrooms and infrastructure upgrades. “With these changes, we’ll be able to make fresh food available in the inner city year-round,” says Christine. Because the market can now accept the Michigan Bridge Card (a convenient version of food stamps), low-income residents will have better access to healthier food. “Many of them have the misperception that the market is more expensive than the grocery store,” explains Christine. “But not only is it affordable, the market also helps build relationships between growers and eaters. Farmers share the advantages of locally grown food so shoppers can make more nutritious choices.” www.fultonstreetmarket.org 4

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    WHICH PATH LEADS TO THE PEW? a b c Reshaping the future of education Grand Valley State University is doing a lot of things right. The student population has increased by more than 50% over the past ten years, the curriculum is strong and diversified and the academic profile for the freshman class is only second in the state of Michigan. Yet with the changing workplace and the higher level of skills expected of graduates, the university needs to keep innovating to serve its students. “Employers have told us what they’re looking for,” says Grand Valley President Thomas J. Haas. “We need to help our students understand the world they’re going into.” That world includes collaborative, team-based work, command of current technologies, as well as solid communication and critical-thinking skills. The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, scheduled to begin construction in May 2011, is designed to give Grand Valley students the tools to compete. “The Pew Library will be an epicenter for learning,” says Dr. Haas. “We want it to be a portal to the world.” The planned 150,000-square-foot building will extend classroom learning in a vibrant, inspiring environment and will feature group study rooms, flexible instructional areas, multipurpose spaces, an automated storage and retrieval system, hands-on technical and knowledge support, peer coaching, 24/7 wireless network connectivity and the capacity to house one million books. “This project will help Grand Valley create a national model for 21st-century learning,” says Dr. Haas. “The Pew Library will have far-reaching impact for generations.” www.gvsu.edu 5 Answer: b

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    healing honesty therapy community WORD SCRAMBLE Finding healing success recovery hope treatment through hope Funding and support are a lot harder to come by in the non-profit sector these days. For many charitable organizations, that has meant taking a 1.epho fresh look at the business model and identifying creative ways to continue serving those in need and meet the growing changes within the community. Our Hope Association, an organization that’s been treating women with alcohol and drug dependencies for four decades, recently faced 2.vreyrcoe that challenge. “Economic challenges have impacted us dramatically,” says Christine Walkons, executive director of the organization. “Through thoughtful and strategic planning we have designed an expanded model of treatment services to help women build resources for a life in recovery.” 3.lgnhaie Offering both residential and outpatient services in a nurturing, home-like environment, Our Hope has a highly skilled all-female staff, including master-level certified addiction therapists. The women live as a 4.mtetnaert community and are actively involved in individual and group therapy as they learn vital coping skills and build tools for recovery. “With our new direction, we’ll be able to better meet the unique needs of each woman,” says Christine. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive 5.pyaerht treatment for every step of recovery.” Changes include tailored assessments, shorter stays, expanded outpatient offerings, innovative programming, and introduction to community-wide resources to assist clients as they re-enter their home environments. 6.syhotne Our Hope has also implemented new marketing and development plans to build broader community awareness. “We’ve been a quiet little giant in the community for 39 years,” says Christine. “It’s time to be more visible 7.esusccs and promote the benefits of treatment at Our Hope, which is rooted in honesty, healing and most of all hope.” www.ourhopeassociation.org 8.nucmtiymo 7 Answers: 1.hope, 2.recovery, 3.healing, 4.treatment, 5.therapy, 6.honesty, 7.success, 8.community

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    WHICH FOUR ARE THE SAME? a b From good to incredible It’s pretty exciting when an organization achieves its goals. “In four short years, we already saw kids graduating from high school,” says Luisa Schumacher, executive director of the West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology (WMCAT). The programs offered through the center were designed to keep at-risk kids engaged in school – and graduation was definitely a sign of success. “Many students stay connected with WMCAT after they leave,” says Luisa, c d “and we learned that some were struggling.” There were graduates who were only reading at the fourth-grade level and some who went to the local community college but dropped out after a semester. So Luisa and her staff went back to the drawing board. “We had to revamp the program – it wasn’t what our students needed. We had to find a way to take the program from good to incredible.” WMCAT engaged with the National Institute on Out-of-School Time through Wellesley College to help develop a curriculum that integrated skills into the class offerings. “We began monitoring and asking questions so we could develop project-based learning as opposed to good, old- fashioned art classes,” explains Luisa. e f One class of kids, for example, is working with a local business to design, create and install the world’s largest beanbag chair. Another group has plans to participate in a photography project with the Grand Rapids Police Department that will create a permanent art installation showing the community in a positive light. As WMCAT beefed up its own programs, the center also connected the students with other community resources. “We want them to feel confident,” says Luisa. “We want to give these kids the skills they need to take them into the next phase of life.” Answers: a,b,c,f www.wmcat.org 10

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    WHAT TREE DO I COME FROM? Bringing a community b back to nature On a warm late-winter day, kids run along a slushy path at Blandford Nature Center to get to the sugarhouse where maple syrup is made. Farther down the same path, there’s an open field where the gardens slumber for the season. When the weather warms, though, these gardens a will be filled with plants – and with people. c Blandford is trying to stabilize after several years of transition. And as the organization pursues its vision for the future, an important component will be a stronger connection with the community. One way to achieve that is through a community garden that will put students and families from the city in closer touch with nature and the growing process. Another is through selling CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) shares. “We had a consultant evaluate the farm and our capabilities,” says executive director Annoesjka Steinman. “We’re going to add acreage to grow food for the CSA. Not to make money, but to get people involved in community agriculture. We’re moving forward slowly and deliberately to build a sustainable process.” Part of the Steelcase Foundation grant is also helping Blandford expand e its outreach efforts to members, donors and the public. “We’ve developed newsletters for our members and we’re using social media like Facebook f to communicate about our activities,” says Annoesjka. Those outreach efforts extend to volunteers, too. “Our volunteers logged d 8,300 hours of labor last year,” says Annoesjka. “They’re a very important asset.” To better connect with the more than 150 people in the volunteer database, Blandford has created a volunteer coordinator position to organize the group and groom them to be involved with the center longer term. www.blandfordnaturecenter.org 12 Answers: a.Oak, b.Ash, c.Willow, d.Tulip, e.Birch, f.Maple

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    HELP DELIVER SUPPLIES A healthier state of mind Determination can accomplish a lot. The staff and volunteers at Catherine’s Health Center, crammed together in a small office with two exam rooms, provided free family-medical care to more than 400 uninsured or underinsured people in the Creston neighborhood each month. There came a point, though, when determination wasn’t enough. “We were turning people away,” says Karen Kaashoek, the center’s executive director. “We didn’t have the capacity to treat them.” They were turning away much-needed volunteers for the same reason. And so, Catherine’s Health Center launched the $1.275 million Opening Doors Campaign. Thanks to donated space in the former St. Alphonsus School and over 300 contributors, including a grant from the Foundation, the center is now housed in a bright, vibrant, LEED-certified building with eight exam rooms, a spacious office area, a nurse’s station and medical and storage areas. The new reception area features colorful walls and a piece of artwork donated by an appreciative patient. “The quality of the space now matches the quality of care,” says Karen. When the center is fully up and running, Catherine’s will be able to accommodate nearly 1,200 patients each month and 300 volunteers – which means more health options for the community the center serves. “The people who come here are now able to receive more benefits,” says Karen. “They’re learning how to eat better, how to stop smoking and how to make better overall health choices.” www.catherineshc.org 13

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    CLIP-N-PLAY Inspiring a community to take action Although environmental awareness is certainly on the rise, there’s still plenty of work to be done. The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) plays a big role in keeping the community informed on environmental issues – and inspiring people to take action. “We have distinct, key audiences we need to connect: environmentally concerned citizens and elected officials and business leaders,” says Rachel Hood, WMEAC’s executive director. With assistance from the Steelcase Foundation, the organization was able to add two positions to its staff to better facilitate those connections. The Communications and Member Services role involves “shaping and delivering our messages, engaging volunteers and helping them achieve meaningful outcomes,” explains Rachel. “With this role, the quality of our materials has increased and the level of dialogue and community investment have changed in a meaningful way as well.” WMEAC also hired someone in the role of Policy and Community Activism. “Now is an important time – we have a very young legislature that needs a lot of support to make the right decisions for the environment,” says Rachel. “The policy messages we prioritize are critical for Michigan’s future.” As a result of these positions, WMEAC’s capacity has tripled, enabling them to create real momentum in the community. “There is so much excitement, so many ideas, so much passion for environmental protection issues in West Michigan, especially among young people,” says Rachel. “We now have the resources to give those people something to do and guide the action so it creates positive change.” www.wmeac.org 15

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    DECODER PUZZLE code: a b c d e f g h i j k l m 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Reading between n o p q r s t u v w x y z 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 the lines The Literacy Center of West Michigan has focused its mission 1. 12 9 20 5 18 1 3 25 9 13 16 1 3 20 19 on adult literacy for 25 years. As the community need has grown, the Literacy Center found that its space in the Grand Rapids Public Library wasn’t allowing it to meet the demand. As a result of the Blueprint for Literacy Campaign, the Literacy Center, a leader in providing literacy services to the community, is now housed in a 20 8 5 5 3 15 14 15 13 25 larger, more effective space and supported by additional staff. The focus now turns to increasing the number of people it serves through tutoring, 2. 5 4 21 3 1 20 5 4 16 1 18 5 14 20 19 employer-based training and family programs. “We serve adults who are reading below the ninth grade level,” says Susan Ledy, executive director of the Literacy Center, which today reaches more = than 1,500 individuals each year. “Through expanded programming, we’ll be able to help even more people improve their employment opportunities 12 9 20 5 18 1 20 5 11 9 4 19 and set their goals toward a GED or post-secondary education.” 3. 20 8 5 3 15 13 13 21 14 9 20 25 An adult’s education level is important to their family as well. Studies show that it’s the number one indicator of a child’s success in school. Programs like the Schools of Hope Family Literacy Program, through partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, help parents improve their own literacy as well as the language skills of their children. 2 5 14 5 6 9 20 19 A more literate population also benefits the community. “Literacy has a huge impact on the local economy,” says Susan. “As a person moves up 4. 12 9 20 5 18 1 3 25 = in education level, their earning potential increases. Their talent improves our workforce and increases our tax base.” With generous support from committed donors and over 300 volunteers, the Literacy Center will maintain its commitment to helping West Michigan residents reach their literacy potential, opening the door to a 15 16 16 15 18 20 21 14 9 20 25 lifetime of opportunity. Answers: 1.literacy impacts the economy, 2.educated parents=literate kids, 3.the community benefits, 4.literacy=opportunity www.literacycenterwm.org 18

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    COLOR 2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Arts & Culture GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $565,000 / FUTURE: $145,000 6 GRANTEES: Arts Council of Grand Rapids Symphony Greater Grand Rapids Underwriting Music Major Donor Campaign Director’s Chair $0/Future: $45,000 $170,000/Future: $0 www.artsggr.org www.grsymphony.org Arts Council of Opera Grand Rapids Greater Grand Rapids Program Support What’s Your Art $40,000/Future: $0 $5,000/Future: $0 www.operagr.com www.artsggr.org Urban Institute for Grand Rapids Art Museum Contemporary Arts Program Support “Where Art Happens” $150,000/Future: $0 capital campaign www.gramonline.org $200,000/Future: $100,000 www.uica.org 20

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    MATCH LIKE OBJECTS 2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Community & Economic Development GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $302,500 / FUTURE: $40,000 9 GRANTEES: Caledonia Friends and Habitat for Humanity, Neighborhood Ventures Patrons of the Library Athens/Limestone Co. (AL) Operation Uptown & The Next Chapter campaign Habitat for Humanity Restore Southtown Forward $75,000/Future: $0 $0/Future: $40,000 $25,000/Future: $0 www.newcaledonialibrary.org www.habitatalc.org www.neighborhoodventures.org Genesis Non-Profit Lowell Area West Michigan Housing Corporation Recreation Authority Strategic Alliance LEED Bonus Lowell Area Trailway West Michigan Regional Indicators $20,000/Future: $0 $50,000/Future: $0 $15,000/Future: $0 www.genesisnphc.org www.lowellareatrailway.org www.wm-alliance.org Grand Action Foundation Midtown Neighborhood Grand Rapids Urban Market Association $75,000/Future: $0 Fulton Street www.grandaction.org Farmers Market Design $35,000/Future: $0 Grandville Avenue Arts www.midtowngr.com and Humanities, Inc. LEED Bonus $7,500/Future: $0 www.gaah.org 22

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    PICTURE YOURSELF 2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Education GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $541,250 / FUTURE: $1,600,000 6 GRANTEES: Grand Rapids Community Kent Intermediate College Foundation School District “GRCC Works...Ask Anyone” Kent School Services Network Capital Campaign $75,000/Future: $0 $150,000/Future: $500,000 www.kentisd.org/kssn www.grcc.edu Michigan State University Grand Valley State University MSU West Michigan Mary Idema Pew Library Learning Medical School and Information Commons $200,000/Future: $200,000 $100,000/Future: $900,000 www.msu.edu www.gvsu.edu Wedgwood Christian Services Heart of West Michigan LEED Bonus United Way $6,250/Future: $0 Start up of the Civic Action Group www.wedgwood.org $10,000/Future: $0 www.waybetterunitedway.org 24

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    COLOR PUZZLE 2010 Grant Recipients 5 5 5 5 Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website 5 5 2 5 Environment 5 2 GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $395,125 / FUTURE: $339,375 5 6 GRANTEES: 4 4 1 Blandford Nature Center West Michigan New Directions at Horticultural Society, Inc 2 2 2 Blandford Nature Center $27,625/Future: $44,375 Maintaining the Masterpiece: A Campaign for 5 www.blandfordnaturecenter.org the Second Decade $50,000/Future: $0 2 Friends of Grand Rapids Parks www.meijergardens.org 5 1 5 Successful Beginnings West Michigan 2 2 4 $25,000/Future: $0 Horticultural Society, Inc. 5 4 www.friendsofgrparks.org LEED Bonus $12,500/Future: $0 1 1 John Ball Zoological Society www.meijergardens.org 5 Phase I: Restore the Roar 1 $250,000/Future: $250,000 www.johnballzoosociety.org 1 1 4 4 1 1 West Michigan 5 Environmental Action Council Inspiring WMEACtion in West Michigan 3 3 3 3 $30,000/Future: $45,000 3 www.wmeac.org 3 3 26 1=yellow, 2=orange, 3=brown, 4=green, 5=blue

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    PAPER DOLL 2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Health GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $175,000 / FUTURE: $135,000 3 GRANTEES: Catherine’s Health Center Hospice of Michigan “Opening Doors” MSU College of Human Medicine Capital Campaign Fellowship in Hospice and $25,000/Future: $75,000 Palliative Care www.catherineshc.org $0/Future: $60,000 www.hom.org Cherry Street Health Services Heart of the City Health Center Capital Campaign $150,000/Future: $0 www.cherryhealth.org 28

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    2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Human Service GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: $1,414,575 / FUTURE: $601,000 23 GRANTEES: American Red Cross Flat River Outreach Heart of West Michigan United Way MomsBloom Toronto Windfall West Michigan Center for Arts Haiti earthquake relief Ministries Inc. 2010 Campaign Flourishing Families Clothing Support Service (CD) and Technology (employee matching gifts) “The River of Hope” $550,000/Future: $0 $22,500/Future: $22,500 Expansion of Jim Welch Advanced Technology Fund $37,200/Future: $0 capital campaign www.waybetterunitedway.org www.momsbloom.org Fundraising Department $100,000.00/Future: $0.00 www.redcross.org $60,000/Future: $0 $13,300/Future: $0 www.wmcat.org www.fromlowell.org Home Repair Services of Our Hope Association www.windfallbasics.com Arbor Circle Corporation Kent County Sustainability of Our Widowed Persons Service Capacity building and Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids Increase “Front Door Friends” Hope Association United Way of Athens Capacity Building annual fund expansion Childrens’ Grief Program $10,000/Future: $0 $50,000/Future: $70,000 and Limestone County (AL) $20,000.00/Future: $0.00 $20,000/Future: $0 pilot project www.homerepairservices.org www.ourhopeassociation.org 2010 campaign www.wpsgrandrapidsmi.com www.arborcircle.org $15,000/Future: $0 $37,895/Future: $0 www.gildasclubgr.org Literacy Center of West Michigan Pine Rest Christian www.unitedwayofathenslimestone.org Young Men’s Christian Camp Henry Blueprint for Adult Literacy Mental Health Services Association of Grand Rapids Camper scholarships Goodwill Industries of $40,000/Future: $50,000 Ottawa Hills High School - United Way of Greater Mid City Adventure Club, $8,500/Future: $8,500 Greater Grand Rapids www.literacycenterwm.org Pine Rest Partnership for Success High Point, Inc. (NC) Summer camper scholarship program www.camphenry.org “Once and For All - Building a $20,000/Future: $0 2010 campaign and Search Institute Asset Training Self-Governed Life” Michigan Migrant Legal www.pinerest.org $15,180/Future: $0 $20,000.00/Future: $0.00 First Steps Kent $75,000/Future: $0 Assistance Project www.unitedwayhp.org www.grymca.org First Steps Initiative www.goodwillgr.org Legal assistance for Safe Haven Ministries, Inc. $100,000/Future: $200,000 migrant-worker victims “Saving Lives, Building Hope” West Michigan Center for Arts www.firststepskent.org Grand Rapids Area Housing of domestic abuse Campaign and Technology Continuum of Care $35,000/Future: $15,000 $25,000/Future: $0 Youth Program Opportunity Coalition’s Systems www.mmlap.com www.safehavenministries.org for Innovation Change – Phase 3 $100,000/Future: $200,000 $40,000/Future: $35,000 www.wmcat.org www.roofstoroots.com 30

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    2010 Grant Recipients Project Description, Grant Payment Amount and Recipient’s Website Other Matching Gifts The Steelcase Foundation also partners with Steelcase employees, retirees and directors by matching GRANT PAYMENT TOTALS: their gifts to arts and culture, education and environmental and conservation programs. The maximum $103,100 / FUTURE: $30,000 contribution is $10,000 yearly. The amount can be a combination of gifts to a number of different organizations. 4 GRANTEES: In 2010, the Foundation provided $400,523.50 in matching funds that included $328,080.50 for education; $50,511.30 for arts and culture; and $21,931.70 for environment and Council of Michigan Grantmakers for Education conservation programs. Matching gift application forms are available from the Foundation office. For Foundations 2010 membership dues a detailed list of matching gift recipients, please visit us online at steelcasefoundation.org. 2009/2010 membership dues $900.00/Future: $0.00 $7,200.00/Future: $0.00 www.edfunders.org www.michiganfoundations.org Junior Achievement of the Grand Rapids Michigan Great Lakes, Inc. Community Foundation Integrating Economic Education Nonprofit Technical and the Workplace Assistance Fund $35,000.00/Future: $30,000.00 $60,000.00/Future: $0.00 www.westmichigan.ja.org www.nptafund.org 2010 Grant Payment Totals: $3,496,550 / FUTURE: $2,890,375 32

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    Statements of Statements of Financial Position Unrestricted Activities Year ended November 30 2010 2009 Year ended November 30 2010 2009 Assets Revenues Investments, at fair value (Notes 1, 2 and 5) $84,817,026 $82,029,885 In-kind contributions (Note 1) $299,249 $329,726 Federal excise tax refundable $7,000 $40,000 Investment income: Total Assets $84,824,026 $82,069,885 Dividends $1,799,520 $1,209,201 Realized and unrealized gain on investments $4,845,384 $15,118,000 Total Revenues $6,944,153 $16,656,927 Liabilities and Net Assets Liabilities Grants payable (Note 3) $2,890,375 $1,856,042 Expenses Deferred federal excise tax (Note 4) $0 $468,924 Grants and matching gifts (Note 3) $4,902,149 $1,729,791 Total Liabilities $2,890,375 $2,324,966 Investment management and agency fees (Note 1) $20,000 $20,000 Provisions for federal excise tax (Note 4) Current $2,947 $19,464 Net Assets Unrestricted $81,933,651 $79,744,919 Deferred ($468,924) $468,924 Total Liabilities and Net Assets $84,824,026 $82,069,885 General and administrative (Note 1) $299,249 $329,726 Total Expenses $4,755,421 $2,567,905 Increase in Net Assets $2,188,732 $14,089,022 Net Assets, beginning of year $79,744,919 $65,655,897 Net Assets, end of year $81,933,651 $79,744,919 A complete set of audited financial statements will be provided upon request. 34

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    The Steelcase Foundation Trustees Investment Committee Kate Pew Wolters Earl Holton – Board Chair Mary Anne Hunting James P. Hackett Craig Niemann Earl D. Holton Shelly Padnos Mary Anne Hunting Kate Pew Wolters Elizabeth Welch Lykins Mary Goodwillie Nelson Investment Committee Staff Robert C. Pew III Susan Broman Brian Cloyd Gary Malburg – Ex Officio Member Foundation Staff Susan Broman Phyllis Gebben Christine Nelson, Ph.D. – Grants Consultant Steelcase Foundation P.O. Box 1967/GH-4E Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1967 P: 616.246.4695 F: 616.475.2200 steelcasefoundation.org 04/11 ©2011 Steelcase Inc. All rights reserved

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