IFF Early Learning Center

IFF Early Learning Center Coming to Grand Rapids

In October, IFF, a mission-driven lender, developer, and real estate consultant, received $125,000 to support the creation of a high-quality early learning center on the southeast side of Grand Rapids. The center will provide approximately 110 children with full-day, yearlong learning in collaboration with the Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC). The center will be built…

Play-ing with a Purpose at Brookhill Elementary

In October, Brookhill Elementary School in Athens, AL received $10,000 to support its afterschool theater arts program, Play-ing With a Purpose, in collaboration with the Fantasy Playhouse Children’s Theater and Academy (FPCTA). Through the program Eighty students will receive weekly hour-long afterschool theater enrichment to explore engaging, developmentally appropriate elements of the theater with an…

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…