2018 Annual Report

boy with basketball

Every child has a dream.

elderly man with coffee cup

Everyone needs a place to call home.

hispanic woman

Everybody counts. Every. Body.

Steelcase Foundation 2018 Annual Report

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “When it’s better for everyone, it’s better for everyone.”

It’s true. An individual’s struggle with systemic inequity carries economic and social consequences that reach into almost every aspect of community life. Yet as equity rises for individuals, the benefits are far-reaching—more stable economies, greater social mobility, higher employment, less crime, better health outcomes, lower teen pregnancy rates, greater civic participation, and more. A more equitable society simply works better for everyone.

In 2018, the Steelcase Foundation granted more than $5 million (and $3+ million more for future years) to deserving organizations and programs. The majority of that was earmarked for innovative programs that offer great promise in tackling the economic and social justice issues that hold people back and diminish our sense of community as a whole.

So it’s with optimism, and a sense of moral urgency, that we share our stories from this year. They reflect our ongoing commitment to working toward a world where everyone’s fundamental needs are met—where people are empowered to reach their full potential. Because every child has a dream, everyone needs a place to call home, and everybody counts.

Kate Wolters
Chair, Steelcase Foundation

Julie Ridenour
President, Steelcase Foundation

Meet the Board

“No matter who you are, what you look like, or where you come from, everyone should have a fair and equal opportunity to live, to work, and to succeed.”
– ATTORNEY GENERAL LORETTA LYNCH

Boy Playing Basketball

Every child has a dream.

Low-income students are 5X more likely to drop out of high school and 13X more likely not to graduate on time.
INSIGHT INTO DIVERSITY

In 2018, The Steelcase Foundation granted $2,638,200 (+$2,841,000 future) for projects to improve childhood education.

“Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
– KOFI ANNAN

Elderly Man Drinking Coffee

Everyone needs a place to call home.

From 2010 to 2015, Grand Rapids’ median household income rose 5% while median rent went up 33%.
GREAT HOUSING STRATEGIES, CITY OF GRAND RAPIDS

In 2018, the Steelcase Foundation granted $645,872 (+$479,128 future) for projects that ensure safe and affordable housing.

“Home is where children find safety and security, where we find out identities, where citizenship starts.”
– MATTHEW DESMOND

Woman with Children

Everybody counts. Every. Body.

When people feel a strong sense of belonging, they consequently believe their lives have greater meaning.
(LAMBERT ET AL., 2013)

In 2018, the Steelcase Foundation granted $1,342,544.50 (+$392,482.50 future) to projects that bring greater equity to marginalized people in our community.

“A community is democratic only when the humblest and weakest person can enjoy the highest civil, economic, and social rights that the biggest and most powerful possess.”
– A. PHILIP RANDOLPH

STEELCASE EMPLOYEE + RETIREE MATCHING GIFTS
$531,751

Thank you Steelcase employees and retirees for multiplying our efforts, one gift at a time.

Our Matching Gifts program showed significant growth this year as we doubled the more than a half million dollars in gifts by Steelcase employees, retirees, and directors to qualified nonprofits in education, arts and culture, and environmental conservation (and, thanks to our 2018 program expansion, to crisis and disaster relief efforts, too!).

We’re delighted to double down on your efforts. Learn more about our matching gifts program

“The best the world has to offer comes from the best you have to give to others.”
– NEALE DONALD WALSCH

2018 GRANT TOTALS
$5,258,767.50


($3,389,316 future)
Grant Totals Icons
ticket iconArts & Culture
$513,158
($118,316 future)
house iconCommunity & Economic Development
$120,000
($30,000 future)
graduation cap iconEducation
$2,638,200
($2,841,000 future)
eyeglasses iconHealth
$15,000
heart iconHuman Service
$1,364,258.50
($325,000 future)
pen iconOther
$76,400
($75,000 future)
dollar sign iconMatching Gifts
$531,751

2018 GRANT TOTALS
$5,258,767.50


($3,389,316 future)
ticket iconArts & Culture
$513,158
($118,316 future)
house iconCommunity & Economic Development
$120,000
($30,000 future)
graduation cap iconEducation
$2,638,200
($2,841,000 future)
eyeglasses iconHealth
$15,000
heart iconHuman Service
$1,364,258.50
($325,000 future)
pen iconOther
$76,400
($75,000 future)
dollar sign iconMatching Gifts
$531,751