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Mission & History

Who We Are

MISSION

The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation enriches the experience of all students by investing in programs and educational enhancements that support the whole child.

The Foundation provides for the immediate needs of our schools by funding programs or projects, and by funding enhancements to teaching and learning that are not covered by the regular school budget. Together, the Foundation and our generous donors provide funds for both immediate needs and long term enhancements within our district. The Foundation has an endowment of more than $12 million, thanks to the Now&Forever capital campaign. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $4 million in program support, grants, awards, and scholarships. 

During students' time in East schools, from kindergarten through graduation, the Foundation plans to contribute more than $6 million to their education.

None of that would be possible without donors like you. Thank you!

HISTORY

The East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation was established in 1983 as a private, non-profit organization to maintain and enhance the quality of education within the East Grand Rapids Public Schools and is solely dependent on tax-deductible donations from the community. We celebrate more than 35 years of enriching the educational experience and advancing the tradition of excellence in East Grand Rapids Schools.

The EGR Schools Foundation Founding Board Members Discuss the Start of the Foundation

  • Ray and Kristin Abraham
    Ray and Kristin Abraham
  • The Adamy Family
  • Marty and Sue Allen
  • Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
    Dennis and Jennifer Bruce
  • Nancy Cook
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Rick and Carol Godfrey
  • Cynthia Daverman Gompers
  • Mark and Beth Hoekstra
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Joe and Katy Levan
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Steve and Katie Millman
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Brian Schwartz and Elizabeth Welch
    Brian Schwartz and Elizabeth Welch
  • Beth Skaggs
    Beth Skaggs
  • Abby and Rich Sorota
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Chris an Sarah VanDeven
  • Christopherson Orthodontics
    Christopherson Orthodontics
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