Steelcase Foundation Supports Heart of West Michigan United Way’s 2021 Annual Campaign

At the July 2021 board meeting, the Steelcase Foundation board of trustees approved a one-year $450,000 grant to Heart of West Michigan United Way (HWMUW) in support of its 2021 Annual Campaign. HMWUW provides critical funding and partnership support to community agencies working to reduce poverty with the vision of creating a thriving community for…

Supporting Future Now! at the African Resource Center

At their July 2021 board meeting, the Steelcase Foundation board of trustees approved a two-year $50,000 grant the African Resource Center (ARC) to support its Future Now! program, which supports African immigrant students and their families as they adjust to life in their new county. FutureNow! programming includes support to increase English and math skill…

Building Capacity for Excluded Entrepreneurs with Rende Progress Capital

At their April 2021 board meeting, the Steelcase Foundation board of trustees approved a three-year $310,750 grant to Rende Progress Capital (RPC) ($73,000 in year 1, $149,000 in year 2, and $88,750 in year 3) to build capacity by hiring additional staff to serve more loan customers and increase its customer base. Rende Progress Capital’s…

Special Match for Social Justice Causes

Back in 2017, the Steelcase Foundation Annual Report entitled, Remove Obstacles, Foster Justice took a deep dive into the Foundation’s efforts to address longstanding systemic inequities in our communities. While the words a few years old, the report’s opening statement from Steelcase Foundation Board Chair Kate Pew Wolters and President Julie Ridenour expounded on the…