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Frequent Questions

Who We Are

Here are some questions we're asked all the time, beginning with the one that's the most common: "What do you do?" This list is by no means complete. As we're asked more questions, we'll add the most popular ones here.

If you don't see your question here, you can email us at egrsf@egrps.org. Or, if you like talking to a real person and getting an answer right away, give us a call at (616)235-3535. We'd love to hear from you.

  1. The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation enriches the educational experience of our students by funding excellence in teaching and learning that requires financial support beyond the district.
    The Foundation supports the schools through EGRNOW! which provides for the immediate needs of our schools by funding programs or projects, and through EGRFOREVER! which is the endowment that supports excellence in education by funding enhancements to teaching and learning that are not covered by the regular school budget. Together EGRNOW! and EGRFOREVER! provide funds for both immediate needs and long-term enhancements within our district. The Foundation has a current endowment of $4.3 million, and since 1983 has awarded over $1.75 million in grants, awards, and scholarships from endowment funds. EGRNOW! has provided $1.85 million since inception in 2012 for program and project support.
    In addition to funding these vital programs, the Foundation grants scholarships and awards to students and teachers. The Foundation also connects our community of students, teachers, families and alumni through events and publications including friend-raisers, reunions, the weekly Cheat Sheet, social media posts and digital communications like the one you're reading right now.

  2. As one of the top school districts in Michigan and one of the best in the country, East Grand Rapids Public Schools’ commitment to excellence is unmistakable. Our schools are a constant source of pride within our community. However, instability in school funding has threatened the district’s ability to preserve our tradition of academic, artistic, and athletic excellence. Only through funding from the Foundation have our schools been able to continue to offer the outstanding programs we expect.

  3. All together, there are hundreds of people who volunteer to help the Foundation every year. The Foundation’s Board of Directors is an all-volunteer group of more than 20 people. Foundation events are also planned and staffed by groups of volunteers. The Gerken Open golf outing, the Hurrah! fundraising event, and the Community Service and Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner are each organized by a group of about a dozen volunteers. Dozens more volunteer their time at the events. Many more people volunteer in the Foundation office. If you’d like to join the Foundation’s amazing volunteers, call or email the Foundation at 235-3535 or egrsf@egrps.org

  4. One of the goals of the East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation is to be as efficient as possible. “We want to put every dollar we can to work for our students,” says Foundation Executive Director Amy Stuursma. This year, EGRForever! will fund over $170,000 for classroom grants, faculty awards and scholarships, student scholarships and co-curricular funding. EGRNow! will fund over $255,000 in support of elementary world language and elementary para-educators for the 2017-2018 school year. None of that would be possible without your tremendous support of the Foundation and our students.

  5. What is the Foundation’s privacy policy?

    We take your privacy seriously. We do not sell or otherwise disclose information about our volunteers or supporters outside of our immediate organization. This policy has no exceptions. We do not sell or exchange your information with any other organizations, public, private or nonprofit.

  6. Your connection to the East Grand Rapids Schools community continues after graduation and goes beyond the city limits. Attending East Grand Rapids Public Schools makes you a lifelong member of the alumni association and your involvement gives our community strength.

    You can stay connected and be an active alumni association member by:
    • Updating your contact information and receiving class reunion news and information from EGRSF.
    • Getting involved as a reunion coordinator, volunteer, and with EGRSF.
    • Making an impact – Give today!
    • Connecting with fellow alumni and faculty
    Contact Maria Allen, Alumni Relations Coordinator via email at mallen@egrps.org or by phone at (616) 235-3535 if you have questions or would like more information.

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