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    Nurturing literacy-rich environments for toddlers KENT DISTRICT LIBRARY/GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY / STORYTIME & PRE-READING EVALUATION PROJECT Training women who Can libraries help parents and caregivers nurture early literacy development in children? Youth librarians at Kent District and Planting the seeds of play guide women—through Grand Rapids public libraries set out to answer that very question in a first-of-its kind study on the effectiveness of their story time GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM / ACCESS Unstructured playtime is essential to children’s cognitive, physical, social, and birthing and beyond and pre-reading programs for 0- to 3-year olds. Early results show that, among other gains, parents and caregivers who attended with emotional wellbeing. Unfortunately, children who live in poverty have fewer opportunities to just play. That’s why the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum is their toddlers increased their use of strategies that nurture early MOMSBLOOM / literacy—singing, pointing, using finger play, etc.—by as much as 200%. expanding access to more than 38,000 children and their caregivers with free COMMUNITY-BASED DOULA PILOT For libraries, which traditionally measure their effectiveness solely by admission for children from low-income neighborhoods, low-cost entrance fees on family nights, programming that provides greater access for children with attendance, these results underscore the importance of their early Women are increasingly turning to professional doulas for disabilities, and free memberships for children and families that rely on local literacy programs and will help them attract essential funding. physical, emotional, and informational support in the birthing human service agencies. It’s a multi-pronged approach to ensuring that all process. And for good reason. Studies link doulas’ involvement children in our community have access to the transformative power of play. before, during, and after delivery with lower numbers of preterm birth and cesarean births, healthier newborns, greater success in breastfeeding, and an overall reduction in healthcare costs. Unfortunately, prohibitive cultural norms and economic challenges often put doula services out of reach for many women of color. MomsBloom hopes to change that with a three-year pilot program that trains and certifies women to work as doulas in their own communities—bringing social parity to low-income families and creating a viable career path for women who are called to serve. Inspiring urban kids to bloom in nature CAMP BLODGETT / SUMMER ACADEMY Engaging urban teens in Lake Michigan may be right next door, but plenty of kids in metro Grand Rapids never have seen the lake. Camp Blodgett’s Summer Academy is changing that. Designed to get kids outside and stem summer learning community problem solving loss, the four-week camp balances core academic work with sailing, swimming, hiking, and more—all at little or no cost to low-income families. As they return each summer, Academy students build lifelong friendships, WEST MICHIGAN CENTER FOR fortify their academic and social skills, and deepen their connection to nature. Many graduates continue as ARTS + TECHNOLOGY (WMCAT) youth leaders—inspiring younger students to learn and grow as part of this special community. / TEEN ARTS & TECH PROGRAM Many students—particularly urban teens—find themselves disenfranchised from traditional education. WMCAT’s after-school program engages students in hands-on opportunities to explore art, photography, fashion, video game design, and more. Then WMCAT gives them an opportunity to put their design skills to work—pairing teams of students with opportunities to solve needs in their community. Across the city, teens are employing design-thinking principles to tackle tough issues like animal welfare, neighborhood development, homelessness, cancer support, and park preservation. WMCAT’s goal is not just to engage and inspire these teens, but to help them build the social capital and skills they need to find their own paths forward, and create positive change in their communities at the same time. With a vision to “empower people to reach their full potential,” the Steelcase Foundation strives to nurture the growth and development of community as an ecosystem through foundation grants. How can the Steelcase Foundation encourage achievement in children of all ages? Help troubled families flourish? Establish roots for homeless youth? Improve infant and maternal health through neighborhood doula services? Engage urban teens in solving problems in their community? What role can libraries play in nurturing early child literacy? How important is play to a child’s whole development? The questions are many; the stakes are high. This commitment to building thriving ecosystems is demonstrated through the Steelcase Foundation’s efforts to identify root causes and foster systemic solutions that nourish the complex path of the child to adulthood and support the well-being of the encompassing ecosystem of parents, infants, teens and teachers—and all who nurture and encourage. We invite you to dig in and explore the Steelcase Foundation 2015 Annual Report, the ecosystem created within this work and the cultivation and growth of the roots and shoots along the way. KATE PEW WOLTERS JULIE RIDENOUR Chairperson President Establishing roots for homeless youth HQ / YOUTH DATA COLLABORATIVE Most local social services focus on programs for homeless adults and families, leaving about 500 young people in Grand Rapids with no safe place to call home. HQ is helping to fill that gap with a first-of-its-kind, Helping troubled downtown drop-in center: a safe place for homeless and runaway teens to rest; tend to hygiene; do laundry; and families to flourish connect with housing, counseling, employment, and educational resources. This new model of assistance is centered on building both trust and a sense of belonging. BRIEF STRATEGIC FAMILY THERAPY As teens share their personal stories, HQ staff members PILOT PROGRAM / D.A. BLODGETT-ST. JOHN’S are gaining fresh insight into the unique and complex Facing diminishing resources and growing pressure to achieve faster results from family therapy, challenges facing teens who are living on the street. D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s launched a three-year pilot program that focuses on the present, rather That understanding is fueling the development of new than the past, to change destructive patterns. This new model, originally developed to assist and innovative ways to help young people move beyond Cuban refugees in Miami, promises better outcomes faster, as well as higher rates of engagement, trauma and toward healthy adult lives. retention, and completion among families. Foundation funding is being used to provide staff training and accreditation and to document the findings of this pilot program. If successful, the concept will offer new hope for preventing child abuse and neglect and for building healthier families in Kent County—D.A. Blodgett-St. John’s mission since 1887. Guiding nonprofits toward fresh perspectives DOROTHY JOHNSON CENTER FOR PHILANTHROPY AT GVSU & KENDALL COLLEGE OF ART AND Restoring programs that connect DESIGN / DESIGN FOR THE GREATER GOOD CAPACITY BUILDING INITIATIVE seniors with young people in need Amazing things can happen when you look at a problem and ask, “How might we ...?” That question—and the design thinking process from which it springs—are at the SENIOR NEIGHBORS & GERONTOLOGY NETWORK / MERGER center of a collaborative venture between GVSU’s Johnson Center for Philanthropy When financial constraints forced the Gerontology Network to close last summer, it left four key programs and KCAD. During an 8-week workshop, area nonprofits bring their knottiest in limbo. At risk were a respite program for caregivers as well as several programs that paired senior problems to the table and then work collaboratively toward developing solutions citizens with vulnerable youth, including a reading and math tutoring program, a foster grand parenting using the expansive power of design thinking—a user-centric, creative and fruitful program for children with special needs, and a mentoring program for at-risk 11- to 21-year olds. Senior process for developing fresh solutions to problems new and old. As ideas emerge, Neighbors, a local organization working to improve the lives of area seniors, recognized the loss to both the Johnson Center is working alongside participating nonprofits to help them young people and seniors and stepped in to bring these programs under their umbrella of operation. The implement those ideas—whether that means finding new ways to reach homeless merger’s costs—legal and financial consults, space needs, and staff development—were underwritten by youth or new ideas on how to spur an organization’s supporters to become financial the Steelcase Foundation, ensuring the seamless continuance of these cross-generational programs that donors. This workshop has enormous potential to grow the effectiveness give meaning and purpose to senior citizens and a lifeline to vulnerable youth. of the region’s nonprofits and help the greater community thrive.


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    $125,000 / $125,000 Student Achievement Improvement through Trustees Investment Human-Centered Redesign GODFREY-LEE PUBLIC SCHOOLS KATE PEW WOLTERS Board Chair Committee www.godfrey-lee.org JAMES P. KEANE MARY ANNE HUNTING $0 / $10,000 CARL JANDERNOA KSSN Leadership Team MARY ANNE HUNTING $100,000 Capacity Building ELIZABETH WELCH CRAIG NIEMANN KConnect KENT SCHOOL Operational Support SERVICES NETWORK MARY GOODWILLIE NELSON KATE PEW WOLTERS $217,040 / $361,975 KCONNECT GRPS Leadership www.kentssn.org CRAIG NIEMANN GARY MALBURG k-connect.org $67,487 / $134,974 Staff Development GRAND RAPIDS Godwin Heights ROBERT C. PEW III PUBLIC SCHOOLS High School/KSSN BRIAN CLOYD www.grps.org Collaborative Project Ex Officio Member GODWIN HEIGHTS PUBLIC SCHOOLS $25,000 $123,500 / $127,500 www.godwinschools.org Foundation Staff Library Scholars Comprehensive JULIE RIDENOUR Program Curriculum Audit GRANDVILLE President AVENUE ARTS AND GRAND RAPIDS HUMANITIES, INC. PUBLIC SCHOOLS PHYLLIS GEBBEN www.grps.org www.gaah.org Donation Coordinator $500,000 / CHRISTINE NELSON, PH.D. $1,000,000 Grants Consultant Kent County School Leader and Master Teacher Capacity $150,000 Development Support for EDUCATION TRUST General Operations $50,000 / – MIDWEST $5,000 $100,000 GRAND RAPIDS midwest.edtrust.org ART MUSEUM Equity Education Federal Building www.artmuseumgr.org KCONNECT Renovation for Kendall College k-connect.org $100,000 / $42,500 / $40,000 of Art & Design of $112,000 Access Ferris State University “Design for the Greater FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY www.ferris.edu $1,602,461 GRAND RAPIDS CHILDREN’S MUSEUM $362,500 Good” Capacity Building Initiative at Dorothy www.grcm.org is the total granted A. Johnson Center for is the total granted to support projects in Philanthropy to support projects in $138,000 / $228,000 $30,000 $16,714 EDUCATION Empowering Parents ARTS & CULTURE GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY Nonprofit Technical Every Child Ready Impacting Children (EPIC) with $40,000 www.gvsu.edu Assistance Fund to Read Outcomes with $2,287,449 EARLY LEARNING pledged for 2016 GRAND RAPIDS Measurement pledged for 2016 NEIGHBORHOOD $170,000 COMMUNITY FOUNDATION COLLABORATIVE KENT DISTRICT www.grfoundation.org LIBRARY www.elncgr.org Underwriting Music www.kdl.org Director’s Chair GRAND RAPIDS $9,700 SYMPHONY $43,000 2015 Membership Dues www.grsymphony.org COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN $175,000 / $200,000 Improving FOUNDATIONS $16,720 Michigan’s Pre-K—12 Grand Rapids www.michigan Challenge Scholars Every Child Ready public education systems foundations.org $9,700 GRAND RAPIDS to Read Outcomes COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN 2014/2015 Measurement FOUNDATIONS COMMUNITY Membership Dues FOUNDATION www.grfoundation.org GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION www.michigan foundations.org $149,400 COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATIONS www.grpl.org is the total granted www.michigan to support projects in foundations.org COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND OTHER PROGRAM AREAS $4,253,778 with $762,000 pledged for 2016 $0 / $500,000 Restoring the Namesake Rapids $20,000 TOTAL GIVING IN 2015 to Grand Rapids GRAND RAPIDS $20,000 $0 / $150,000 WHITEWATER Parks Alive: WMEAC reclaim & sustain, grwhitewater.org Assistance Fund “Sowing clean & green, Opportunity Now” stay & play FRIENDS OF GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION www.grfoundation.org $3,736,323 workforce-based program GRAND RAPIDS GRAND RAPIDS PARKS GRANTED TO 47 ORGANIZATIONS URBAN LEAGUE, INC. www.friendsof $40,000 www.grurbanleague.org $3,520,482 grparks.org is the total granted to support projects in IN FUTURE PLEDGES ENVIRONMENT $517,455 $10,000 Building Bridges Campaign IN MATCHING FUNDS BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS OF GRAND RAPIDS YOUTH COMMONWEALTH INC. www.bgcgrandrapids.org $60,000 / $40,000 Brief Strategic Family $60,000 Therapy Pilot Project $20,000 Expanding Access D. A. BLODGETT- Funding for to School-Based ST. JOHN’S Homelessness Study Health Care www.dabsj.org DYER-IVES FOUNDATION in Kent County www.dyer-ives.org CHERRY HEALTH www.cherryhealth.org $6,124 2015 Nepal $100,000 / $125,000 $70,000 Earthquake Relief (employee matching gift) Teen Outreach Program BETHANY CHRISTIAN $1,511,962 is the total granted AMERICAN RED CROSS SERVICES is the total granted www.bethany.org to support projects in $200,000 to support projects in www.redcross.org 2014 Campaign $10,000 HEALTH KidCheck Plus HUMAN SERVICE HEART OF WEST MICHIGAN SIGHT SAVERS with $411,083 UNITED WAY OF ALABAMA $44,378 / $46,083 pledged for 2016 www.hwmuw.org sightsaversamerica.org/ kidcheck-plus Out of School Time (OST) Quality Improvement $100,000 $16,400 System Continuation “A Journey Home” Summer Academy CAMP FIRE capital campaign WEST MICHIGAN 4C FAMILY PROMISE CAMP BLODGETT www.4cchildcare.org OF GRAND RAPIDS www.campblodgett.org www.familypromisegr.org $80,000 YouthFull Data Collaborative support GRAND RAPIDS HQ $49,555 RUNAWAY & HOMELESS YOUTH DROP-IN 2015 Campaign hqgr.org UNITED WAY OF ATHENS AND LIMESTONE COUNTY www.unitedway $400,000 / $100,000 athenslimestone.com 2015 Campaign HEART OF $30,000 / $30,000 WEST MICHIGAN $30,000 / $30,000 UNITED WAY Kids Helping Kids Community-Based www.hwmuw.org KIDS’ FOOD BASKET Doula Pilot www.kidsfoodbasket.org MOMSBLOOM momsbloom.org STATEMENTS OF ACTIVITIES YEAR ENDED NOVEMBER 30 2015 2014 $100,000 $45,000 / $20,000 Revenues “Never a Rainy Day at Community Food Club Camp” construction of Life of Greater Grand Rapids In-kind contributions $ 338,277 $ 331,153 $20,000 / $20,000 Skills and Activity Center HOME REPAIR SERVICES Contributions 917,000 1,076,000 STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION Kids Count in Michigan OF KENT COUNTY INDIAN TRAILS CAMP, INC. Investment income: MICHIGAN LEAGUE www.homerepair www.indiantrailscamp.org Dividends and interest 707,166 673,509 YEAR ENDED NOVEMBER 30 2015 2014 FOR PUBLIC POLICY services.org www.mlpp.org Net realized & unrealized (2,123,144) 5,498,388 gain on investments Assets Total Revenues $ (160,671) $ 7,579,050 Cash & cash equivalents $ 516,500 $ 1,322,403 Accrued interest receivable 16,663 21,178 Expenses Investments, at fair value 93,115,302 98,311,985 Grants & matching gifts $ 4,876,810 $ 3,211,930 Federal excise tax refundable 22,155 25,501 $40,000 Investment management & agency fees 1,154,375 1,161,570 Total Assets $ 93,670,620 $ 99,681,067 Senior Neighbors $10,505 Current provision for federal excise tax 103,346 75,093 Liabilities & Net Assets & Gerontology Network General & administrative 338,277 331,153 Older Adult Volunteer 2015 Campaign Total Expenses $ 6,472,808 $ 4,799,746 Liabilities: Grants payable $ 3,500,532 $ 2,877,500 Programs Merger UNITED WAY OF GREATER $100,000 HIGH POINT, INC. Net Assets: Unrestricted $ 90,170,088 $ 96,803,567 SENIOR NEIGHBORS, INC. Influencing Measurable www.unitedwayhp.org Increase in Net Assets $ (6,633,479) $ 2,799,304 seniorneighbors.org Change in Kent County’s Early Total Liabilities & Net Assets $ 93,670,620 $ 99,681,067 Childhood System Net Assets, beginning of year $ 96,803,567 $ 94,004,263 FIRST STEPS KENT firststepskent.org Net Assets, end of year $ 90,170,088 $ 96,803,567 $50,000 Project-Based Learning for Teen Arts Program WEST MICHIGAN CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY www.wmcat.org CREATIVE DIRECTION & DESIGN: RACHEL HYDE & COPYWRITING: KATHY O’BRIEN & ILLUSTRATION: LUCY ENGELMAN 04/16 © 2016 STEELCASE FOUNDATION * ALL RIGHTS RESERVED * P.O. BOX 1967/GH-4E, GRAND RAPIDS, MI 49501-1967 * PHONE: 616-246-4695 * STEELCASEFOUNDATION.ORG


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