Our Approach

Strategic Partnership to Meet Community Needs

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Strategic Goals

This strategy focuses on collaborative learning and partnership with nonprofits through grantmaking to support what is working and invest in new and innovative approaches and ideas to meet community needs.

Learning + Innovation
Scale + Deepen Impact
Partner Stories
Support What is Working
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  Supportive Funds + Initiatives  

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Operations, Programming, Pilots + Project (OP3) Grants

Investment and partnership through grantmaking with nonprofit organizations 501(c)(3) that are vision and mission aligned with the Steelcase Foundation, to support existing work, special projects, and pilot new interventions that advance their work. Funding is approved for one to three years based on the purpose and timeline for the activities associated with the grant. Grant accountability is deeply grounded in organizational development, change theory, and measurable outcomes, and is based on the type of grant approved. The application process occurs quarterly. Grants are approved by the Board of Trustees.

Photo courtesy of our friends at Camp Blodgett

Operations, Programming, Pilots + Project (OP3) Grants

Investment and partnership through grantmaking with nonprofit organizations 501(c)(3) that are vision and mission aligned with the Steelcase Foundation, to support existing work, special projects, and pilot new interventions that advance their work. Funding is approved for one to three years based on the purpose and timeline for the activities associated with the grant. Grant accountability is deeply grounded in organizational development, change theory, and measurable outcomes, and is based on the type of grant approved. The application process occurs quarterly. Grants are approved by the Board of Trustees.

Community Innovation + Rapid Response Fund

This fund provides grants of up to $30,000 for one year to address time-sensitive needs in the community or special projects that enhance the work of the organization or a collective effort to address an identified community need. The application process occurs monthly. Steelcase Foundation staff review, make approvals, and initiate payment for the project within the same month.

Photo courtesy of our friends at The Literacy Center of West Michigan

  Featured Partner Stories + Learnings