The Grand Rapids Foundation, 209-C Waters Building, 161 Ottawa Avenue, NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2703; (616) 454-1751

The Grand Rapids Foundation
Contributions Make An Impact

Although long-time board of trustee member Jeanette Warner and Distribution Committee member Rosa Fraga never met, they share a common bond. Both women have had critical input into decisions affecting the future of our community.

Jeanette Warner, a member of the school board and charter member of The Women's City Club, served as trustee of The Grand Rapids foundation from 1923 until 1968 - one fo the longest terms to date. Because Jeanette was very involved in the community, she brought a well rounded perspective to the decisions the board made during the nearly 45 years she was a member. Throughout their gift of $268,000, Jeanette and her husband David, one fo the founders of the law firm Warner, Norcross & Judd, continue to have an impact on the direction of this community.

Through the years as The Foundation has grown, so have the avenues for input from many different individuals. The board's decision-making process is supported by seven committees, such as the Distribution Committee, which incorporates the expertise of many talented, dedicated community members who make preliminary decisions and help form policies.

Rosa Fraga, who is the principal of Adelante High School, Director of the Hispanic Institute, and member fo several nonprofit boards of directors, is an active member of the Distribution Committee for the last two years. "I used to view our community as a patchwork quilt. But now because of my involvement on this committee, I see it more as a mosaic --- we're separate yet one community. The same spirit guides us all," she said. "What's really wonderful about this committee is that it truly reflects our community. We come from all different walks of life --- economically, racially, gender, areas of interest -- yet we always come to consensus on what we believe will most benefit the whole community in the long term."

75 YEARS (1922-1997)

Help us prepare for the next 75 years of caring for community needs in the greater Grand Rapids area. Call 454-1751 for more information on ways you can support The Grand Rapids Foundation.

Funding for this postcard series was provided by Michigan National Bank and Old Kent Bank.

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