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

The Grand Rapids Foundation
A Gift of Vision

When George and Mary Metz gave their unrestricted gift of $100,000 to The Grand Rapids Foundation in 1929, environmental issues were not a pressing concern. Today, they are and their gift years ago enables us to take action.

Nobody really thought about it then -- global warming, toxic dumps, oil spills, ozone depletion, pollution - but in the twentieth century environmental issues are paramount. We're learning, though trial and error, that the benefits of technology and industrialization must be balanced with responsibility to living in harmony with our natural world.

In the early 1920s, George and Mary Metz couldn't have predicted how much environmental concerns affect our lives today. What they did realize, however, is that through their community foundation they could make a difference.

The Metzes build a fortune through operating tanneries in Holland and Grand Rapids, and after selling them, they expanded their fortune through real estate investments. After George died, Mary continued to manage their holdings and when she died in December 1929, the Grand Rapids foundation received its first significant bequest of $100,000, yielding an annual income of $3,000.

throughout the years, the Metz fund has increased in value, generating more income for current concerns. Their unrestricted gift years ago enables us to respond to the community needs in a variety of different areas both today and in years to come.

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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