Boys and Girls Club Learning Assistance Program

At their January 2021 board meeting, the Steelcase Foundation board of trustees approved a $50,000 grant to Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth (BGCGR) to support its Learning Assistance Program, an extension of its afterschool programming which supported children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a safe space for students…

Daniel Williams Next Steelcase Foundation President

The Steelcase Foundation is excited to announce Daniel Williams, EdD will serve as its next president effective February 22, 2021. “We are delighted to welcome Daniel as the next president of the Steelcase Foundation,” said Kate Wolters, Chair, Steelcase Foundation Board of Trustees. “Daniel is an accomplished leader in urban education and works tirelessly to…

Building the Early Childhood Talent Pool Through the Bridge Program

In October, the Steelcase Foundation awarded $165,000 over three years to Vibrant Futures (formerly Camp Fire West Michigan 4C), Kent County’s leading organization for education, business development, and training of childcare professionals to support its Bridge Program. The Bridge Program will build and refine Vibrant Futures’ course offerings and infrastructure to: Establish a tiered scholarship…

RULER Comes to Wyoming Public Schools

In October, Wyoming Public Schools (WPS) received a $54,000 grant to support implementation and planning for RULER, an evidence-based practice developed by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to transform communication between students, teachers, and staff through education in emotional intelligence. WPS, like many districts in Kent County, recognizes that its teachers and staff do…

Steelcase Foundation Supports Early Childcare Wing at 415 Franklin

In October, the Steelcase Foundation awarded Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (ELNC) $220,000 to refurbish the early childhood suite at 415 Franklin, to provide 72 childcare slots for low income-children ages birth to five on the city’s southeast side. The early childcare suite is part of the larger renovation effort to breathe new life into the…

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…