Collective Impact for Children and Families with KConnect

KConnect, Kent County’s collective impact organization, was awarded $375,000 over three years to continue its system transformation work to ensure that all children have an equitable path to prosperity. Since inception, KConnect has worked to unify its partners by creating common language around chronic absenteeism, kindergarten readiness, certificates, and systemic barriers so partners can solve…

Health Net of West Michigan Affirms Program Effectiveness

In July, The Steelcase Foundation awarded $35,000 to Health Net of West Michigan, an organization committed to improving access and equity in health care and social services in Kent County. The grant will support an independent evaluation of Health Net’s navigation services to confirm client and community-level impact. The independent evaluation will provide quantifiable data…

West Michigan Leadership Academy Members

West Michigan Leadership Academy visits Steelcase Learning and Innovation Center

In June, the Steelcase Foundation hosted the West Michigan Leadership Academy’s second cohort of school principals for three days of intensive professional learning and collaboration around equity, leading transformation, and communicating vision. The West Michigan Leadership Academy (WMLA), draws on the expertise of its parent company, New York City Leadership Academy (NYCLA), which was established…

Illustrated Benefits SON program

SON 2.0 – Sowing Opportunity Now

Since 2015, the Steelcase Foundation has supported the Grand Rapids Urban League’s (GRUL) Sowing Opportunity Now (SON) program, a workforce-based program targeting young men of color ages 16-28. The program addresses academic, personal, and social needs, providing help to complete high school/GED, continue their post-secondary education and career training, and job placement to overcome the…