Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation staff brush up on skills and add a new intern to the team

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation provides the community with the most professional services possible. Staff stay up-to-date with the best industry standards by being active members of professional associations and using state-of-the-art technology.

In early October, Sarah Copeland, Director of Grants and Programs, and Brianna Spry, Program Administrator, attended the National Scholarship Providers Association Conference in Minneapolis. Community Foundations and other scholarship providers from across the country and Canada all gathered in downtown Minneapolis for four days to learn and share expertise and experiences in supporting students in higher education. Copeland notes, “We were so happy to see Alyse Braaten and Sammie Holzworth, both with Foundant Technologies, who provided us with new insight and showered the Community Foundation staff with caramelized swag. Hey! These are Bèquet Caramels from Bozeman. We don’t joke about Foundant’s caramels.”

Professional Services for Community Needs and Giving The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation strives to provide community members in need and those who want to give with the most professional and proficient services possible. One way we do this is with staff that are educated and up-to-date with the best industry standards possible. By being active members of professional associations and using state-of-the-art technology, Community Foundation staff have national resources that fit our local, rural needs.

Applying Online Whether it is for grants or scholarships, all applications are submitted online at the Community Foundation. “I remember when I first started working at the Community Foundation,” says Copeland. “All our applications were submitted on paper. Some applications were typed, but many were filled out by hand, and often were faxed to the office.” For the past 10 years or so, the Community Foundation has worked with Foundant Technologies to provide applicants with online applications that are easy to use and access through the Community Foundation’s Grant and Scholarship Portals.

A New Face “We are excited to announce that we have a new face at the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation,” says Chris Fulton, Executive Director Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. Christine Myers has joined the Community Foundation as an intern in Administrative Services. Working with the Northeast Minnesota Office of Job Training (NEMOJT), Christine is able to utilize and increase her skills and the Community Foundation realizes some extra-needed administrative support. Christine will be interning at the Foundation at least until the end of the year.

Myers moved to Grand Rapids this spring from the Aitkin/Crosby area. Myers is a 2001 graduate of Bigfork High School, and a mother to four amazing children.

Myers shares, “Following graduation from Bigfork, I moved to the Aitkin/Crosby area, where I lived (minus four years in California) until March of this year. During that time, I was a stay at home mom, a cake decorator, a Personal Care Assistant (PCA), and the Volunteer Coordinator at the elementary school in Crosby. I have a dog-named Lily who is dear to my heart. I have a passion for cake decorating; it has been in my life since I was 16 when my mother introduced it to me. In my free time, I also enjoy cross-stitching, ice fishing, gardening, working on projects with my significant other, trail riding, and spending time in the woods.” “I am often asked, ‘What brought me back to the area?’ The loss of my mother at the end 2018 found me searching for a place I could begin this new phase of life. After some self-reflection, along with my faith, the answer was clear; the Grand Rapids area is where I needed to be. Therefore, this spring I planted my roots back into this familiar ground, this is home. I am excited to join the fantastic staff of the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation for this internship. During my time with the Community Foundation, I look forward to gaining new skills, new friendships, and being part of this wonderful community.”

Copeland says, “We are so excited to have Christine join our team. She is absolutely delightful to work with, always a smiling face and cheerful attitude – even when the sun isn’t shining.”

Cathy Sayward, Community Foundation Administrative Assistant adds, “It is great fun to work with Christine. She is very good at administrative work, and so we have been getting many things completed. We hope to accomplish all sorts of projects while she is here with us.”

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the great work we do and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, visit our website at or schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.

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