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Mission & History

Who We Are

MISSION

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 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 $14 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.

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
  • Damian and Sara deGoa
    Damian and Sara deGoa
  • Cynthia Daverman Gompers
  • Mark and Beth Hoekstra
  • The Iakiri Family
    The Iakiri Family
  • KV and Jena Lacks
  • Steve and Jenny McMahon
  • Elaine Rongey
  • Brian Schwartz and Elizabeth Welch
    Brian Schwartz and Elizabeth Welch
  • Beth Skaggs
    Beth Skaggs
  • Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
    Nick Thole and Amy Turner-Thole
  • Chris an Sarah VanDeven
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