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    To the partners and friends of the Steelcase Foundation: When there are so many needs, and we developed five points that further Together, these guiding principles so many terrific organizations doing illuminate what we want to achieve: serve as our operational GPS: easily great work, how do you decide who read, with recognizable signposts, Balance the traditions of our to fund? That’s a dilemma faced by and a calm, guiding voice to reinforce heritage with today’s entrepreneurial every philanthropic organization. the message. approach of thoughtful risk-taking The Steelcase Foundation has in our grant-making decisions. In this report, you’ll read stories long specified five areas of giving: of grant recipients whose work Approach community problems arts and culture, community and exemplifies these principles – people holistically and systemically. economic development, education, willing to look at things in a new way, environment, health and human Give particular concern to people try a different approach, and use services. But last year we spent who are socially or economically systems thinking, often without much some time developing a strategic marginalized as they attempt to attention. We’re proud to turn the framework – a master plan, if you improve the quality of their lives. spotlight in their direction, and we will, for what we want to accomplish hope you find their work as inspiring and how we want to get there. Take on social causes that are not as we do. always popular or high profile. We started with what has long been our mission: to empower people to Operate independently of Steelcase reach their full potential, and make Inc., yet complement corporate Julie Ridenour a difference through our support efforts by supporting leading PRESIDENT, of learning, growth and creativity. company communities and STEELCASE FOUNDATION Within that overarching principle, providing employee matching gifts. Kate Pew Wolters BOARD CHAIR, STEELCASE FOUNDATION

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    DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY College of Urban Education Balance the traditions of our heritage with today’s entrepreneurial approach of thoughtful risk-taking in our grant-making decisions. It’s no secret that teachers in urban “Our first task is to break down typical To this end, Davenport is partnering schools face unique challenges – traditions in how to educate students, with Grand Rapids Public Schools. challenges many aren’t prepared to because those just don’t apply in The planning team includes a GRPS face. But what if their education wasn’t these settings,” said Dr. Linda Rinker, curriculum specialist, and they’re just a general, “how to teach at any executive vice president of Academic surveying GRPS teachers to ask: What school anywhere” curriculum, but Affairs and provost at Davenport. would they envision as the needs to focused specifically on preparing “We need to help the teachers who address in a graduate urban education them for urban districts? will be our students broaden their program? In an even bigger break with understanding of issues like classroom tradition, they’re considering planting It’s an idea just starting to be tested at management, poverty, community the college right on the GRPS campus. a few universities: Temple, Columbia, issues, getting families involved, the University of Illinois … and now “We want to get these students in the after-school programming, things Davenport University in Grand Rapids. classrooms as soon as possible. In of that sort.” With a planning grant from the year one, they might be assisting the Steelcase Foundation, Davenport is A major goal is to follow the “medical teacher at recess, or serving snacks, in the process of creating a College of model,” where students are put in but the point is that they’re in the Urban Education: a graduate school classroom settings right away, getting classroom, studying the classroom (and eventually, an undergraduate first-hand experience on understanding and the issues,” Rinker said. school as well) that existing teachers and working effectively in urban schools The Graduate Program of the College can attend to prepare them to teach that may be far different from the of Urban Education should admit its in inner-city schools. schools they’re used to. For instance, first students in fall 2014, and the hope children in impoverished areas don’t is that its graduates will be deployed have access to technology at home, so throughout the GRPS district. their educators must find workarounds.

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    GRAND RAPIDS STUDENT ADVANCEMENT FOUNDATION Elementary Afterschool Sports Approach community problems holistically and systemically. No problem exists in a vacuum, and Foundation’s grant covers insurance, the elementary schools with the high neither do solutions. A wellness T-shirts and outfits for the kids, and schools they “feed,” so high school program originally designed to free admission to games, so parents athletes and coaches can mentor get kids moving is having a host and family members can come. Every younger kids in their sports. For of unexpected benefits: greater kid has a chance to play – no waiting example, the elementary basketball community engagement, greater lists was a goal set early on. games take place during halftime at parental involvement, greater student senior high games, creating a rich “The program has just been a engagement, connecting older and community experience. tremendous success,” said Susan younger students. Heartwell, executive director of the “To have not just their families Last year the superintendent of Grand Student Advancement Foundation. there, but everyone who’s there Rapids Public Schools approached the “And the benefits go way beyond for senior high games cheering on Grand Rapids Student Advancement learning to play soccer.” these elementary athletes – that’s a Foundation, which provides marvelous affirmation for those kids,” The program has addressed the enrichment for K-12 GRPS students, Heartwell said. lack of physical activity among many about creating a program that would students, and it provides a safe, And the older kids take their give kids structured physical activity structured after-school environment. responsibilities seriously. One coach during after-school hours. She But additionally, the free admission told Heartwell about varsity athletes suggested they sponsor elementary to games and opportunity to volunteer seeing second- and third-grade after-school sports: soccer and cross- are connecting parents to the school students fighting. The high schoolers country in fall, basketball in winter, in new, more dynamic ways. pulled the younger kids out of line at track and field in spring. practice, talked to them about working “Even though it’s always the intent to The response has far exceeded all as a team, then had them hug each engage parents, those gestures really hopes. This was the first time soccer other and return to practice. say to parents, ‘We appreciate you, has been offered, and nearly 500 we want you here, we celebrate with “The atmosphere at the games, and boys and girls signed up. Most sports you,’” Heartwell said. among the participants, is just so are only for grades 3-5, but cross- supportive,” Heartwell said. “We’ve country is offered to all ages, and And it’s building bonds between the created a program that truly has more than 600 participated. kids and older students, who are systemic and holistic benefits.” acting as mentors and coaches. The The program is mostly run by program was designed to connect volunteers, but the Steelcase

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    GODWIN HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL Godwin Heights Student Achievement and Graduation Completion Project Give particular concern to people who are socially or economically marginalized as they attempt to improve the quality of their lives. Godwin Heights High School students “The teacher and intervention specialist disruption in class, I’m not taking tests, face a lot of challenges, both social will go through that test and figure out I’m not doing the homework because and economic, and historically district areas where the student is deficient, I’ve dug such a big hole, I know I can’t test scores and graduation rates have then address those.” get out of it. This program gives me a reflected those challenges. Three years reason to keep trying; I know I can turn If a student fails a second time, they ago, the failure rate in core classes things around.” stay in intervention until they pass. But among freshmen was close to 30 Conklin said most students only need The success has fueled other percent. Many were so off-track in a week or two. Once they pass, they successes. As soon as a student gets credit hours, they seemed unlikely to receive a full replacement grade, letting a failing mark, an intervention specialist ever dig themselves out and graduate. them move on as normal with the rest calls home, so the program has also The administration knew a creative of their schooling. If they’ve failed two increased communication between solution was needed. They applied or more unit tests, they’re required to families and school. And now such to the Steelcase Foundation and stay after school an additional hour, a high percentage of students are Kellogg Foundation to fund the on top of their time in intervention, to on track, they no longer need to repeat Student Achievement and Graduation receive additional support. classes, so for the first time, there’s room Completion Project, known informally in their schedules for enrichment classes The turnaround has been remarkable. as Intervention. that will make for a more well-rounded By the end of last year, the program’s student at college-enrollment time. It began last year with just freshmen. first, the failure rate among freshmen had Core classes are now divided into dropped from 30 percent to less than 5. Now that they’re seeing hard data that units, with a test at the end of each This year the program was expanded to the program works, administrators unit, and all freshmen are required sophomores, and the failure rate among are seeking funding to expand the to score 70 percent or higher on unit all core classes for both age groups is program to seventh- and eighth tests. Students who don’t are required less than 10 percent. graders. “We’re seeing freshmen to go to Intervention, held during coming in two to three grade levels “Students love it because they know seventh hour, and meet with a teacher below in their reading levels,” Conklin that they will not be allowed to fail and intervention specialist to review the said. “We’ve found a program that at Godwin Heights,” Conklin said. work until they’re able to pass the test. works, so now our goal is how can we “Before, imagine sitting in world get a better-quality student here in high “What’s unique about our program is history and failing the first unit, then school before they even have to enter the individualized intervention,” said the second unit test. You know there’s the program.” Chad Conklin, athletic director and no way at that point you could pass intervention program administrator. the class, so I would quit. Now I’m a

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    GRANDVILLE AVENUE ARTS AND HUMANITIES Library Scholars program Take on social causes that are not always popular or high profile. The Cook Library Center (operated Leadership is a very big component of hope is that they will also volunteer, by Grandville Avenue Arts and the program as well. The goal, Marjorie serve on advisory committees, and, Humanities) is a popular stop with said, isn’t just academic success; it’s most of all, support students in their Grand Rapids Public School students to prepare youth to serve as future work and getting into college. needing homework help, but a few leaders in the community, particularly The students are required to spend years ago, staffers began noticing a in the Grandville Avenue area eight hours per week with the program, trend: As kids reached puberty, they neighborhood, where many struggle but the schedule will be tailored to tended to leave the program. with poverty and other challenges. each individual, to work around other “We realized we could make a bigger “We want children to get to know the commitments. The time will be spent difference if we could keep them community, to teach them about civic in a combination of meetings (to help coming,” said executive director engagement, philanthropy, community kids adjust to how groups work and Marjorie Kuipers. “So we designed a resources available,” Marjorie said. learn how to lead meetings as they program that will hopefully let us make “As they make strides academically, get older); working 1:1 with tutors and a year-after-year, sustainable difference. we want them to make strides toward reading/writing coaches; and individual being future leaders as well.” time spent in independent study. The Cook Library Scholars (CLS) Program is scheduled to launch this The basic admission requirements “We’re really customizing this to meet fall, thanks to seed funding from the are that the child must live within the the needs of each child,” Kuipers said. Steelcase Foundation and Kellogg Grandville Avenue area and attend a Once kids are enrolled in the program, Foundation. It will start with five GRPS school. Beyond that, organizers they stay in until graduation … and children per grade level in grades 2-7, are working with community partner even beyond. “Our involvement does whose parents, teacher and principal agencies and educators to identify not end once the student is in college,” work together to set individual goals for children whom they feel are on a Kuipers said. “Part of the program is to the child and then a path to meet those college track. follow up and maintain the relationship goals. So if a third-grader is interested The most critical part of admission, even while they’re in college, to make in medicine, part of the program will however, is strong parental support sure they have access to the resources explore science. A child who needs and involvement. Parents must commit and support they need.” help with writing skills will devote to attending a program family event extra hours to that. one Saturday per month, and the

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    LEARN-TO-READ COUNCIL OF ATHENS AND LIMESTONE COUNTY LTR Upgrade for Adult and Student Literary Advancement Operate independently of Steelcase Inc., yet complement corporate efforts by supporting leading company communities and providing employee matching gifts. Imagine being an adult who’s been “I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to tutor Before, the staff could have only one illiterate your entire life, and now or be tutored in a room with someone group event at once, since they only you’re finally learning to read. And else doing the same thing right next had the one big room. Now they can now imagine that right next to you, to you, but you can imagine,” said schedule multiple activities at the same separated only by dividers, are two executive director Rhonda Andrews. time, increasing their ability to serve. other people doing the same thing … Their Thursday evening ESL classes Last year, with a grant from the plus students being tutored … plus now accommodate 20-30 students Steelcase Foundation, they were able to a roomful of people on computers. on different levels, in five different move to a new facility with actual tutoring classrooms, which wouldn’t have been For years, that was the setup at the rooms! Office space! A computer lab! possible in their old facility. The new Learn-to-Read Council of Athens and A meeting room! A materials room! computer lab is constantly buzzing, Limestone County in Alabama. Most It’s a night-and-day transformation. and just the ability to keep things of their work happened in one big “The students and tutors are so organized, thanks to a materials room room with dividers to make two small enjoying having a room to themselves,” and closets, makes a huge difference. rooms and three tutoring spaces. As Andrews said. “Before, students would demand grew for their services (which “So many people – students, complain all the time that it was too include teaching literacy to adults tutors – walk into the office space loud, and they couldn’t focus. Now who do not read or do not read well and comment, ‘This is just great. they can actually concentrate and not and providing after-school tutoring This is so much nicer,’” Andrews said. worry about someone talking too loud to students), concentration became “It’s been wonderful. We have so much in the next cubby.” increasingly difficult. room now. You just don’t know how appreciative we all are – students, tutors, all of us.”

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    2012 Grant Payment Totals: $3,105,028 EDUCATION: $1,055,000 HEALTH: $92,500 ARTS AND OTHER: CULTURE: $53,400 $445,000 ENVIRONMENT: $90,000 HUMAN SERVICE: $1,204,128 COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: $165,000

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    Arts and Culture: $445,000 FUTURE: $130,000 ATHENS-LIMESTONE PUBLIC LIBRARY FOUNDATION $50,000 / FUTURE $100,000 “This is Your Legacy” capital campaign www.athenslimestone.lib.al.us GIRLS CHORAL ACADEMY $15,000 A Voice Through Advancement www.girlschoralacademy.org GRAND RAPIDS ART MUSEUM $150,000 Building Momentum as a Cultural Leader in the Visual Arts www.gramonline.org GRAND RAPIDS BALLET COMPANY $25,000 / FUTURE $25,000 Production support for new repertoire www.grballet.com GRAND RAPIDS SYMPHONY $170,000 Underwriting Music Director’s Chair www.grsymphony.org OPERA GRAND RAPIDS $10,000 Operational assessment and strategic planning www.operagr.com

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    Community & Economic Development: $165,000 FUTURE: $100,000 GRAND ACTION FOUNDATION $100,000 / FUTURE $100,000 Grand Rapids Urban Market www.grandaction.org HABITAT FOR HUMANITY OF KENT $30,000 YouthBuild Grand Rapids www.habitatkent.org LINC COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION INC. $5,000 LEED Bonus www.lincrev.org MIDTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION $20,000 Fulton Street Farmers Market capital campaign www.midtowngr.com NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES $10,000 Kent County Renters’ Alliance kcrentersalliance.org

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    Education: $1,055,000 FUTURE: $1,600,000 DAVENPORT UNIVERSITY $200,000 Davenport University College of Urban Education www.davenport.edu FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY FUTURE $200,000 Federal Building Renovation for Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University www.ferris.edu GODWIN HEIGHTS HIGH SCHOOL $125,000 Godwin Heights Student Achievement and Graduation Completion Project www.godwinschools.org GRAND RAPIDS CHILD DISCOVERY CENTER FUTURE $175,000 Discover the Connection www.childdiscoverycenter.org GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY COLLEGE $125,000 / FUTURE $250,000 “GRCC Works … Ask Anyone” Foundation www.grcc.edu GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS $50,000 / FUTURE $100,000 Blandford School capital campaign www.grps.org GRAND RAPIDS PUBLIC SCHOOLS $75,000 Grand Rapids Public Schools Comprehensive Instructional Evaluation www.grps.org GRAND RAPIDS STUDENT ADVANCEMENT $20,000 / FUTURE $30,000 Elementary Afterschool Sports Foundation www.grsaf.org GRAND RAPIDS UNIVERSITY PREPARATORY ASSOCIATION $200,000 / FUTURE $300,000 Grand Rapids University Prep Academy: Inspire, Achieve, Realize www.uprepgr.org GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY $250,000 / FUTURE $450,000 Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons www.gvsu.edu GRANDVILLE AVENUE ARTS AND HUMANITIES, INC. FUTURE $75,000 Library Scholars program www.gaah.org LEARN-TO-READ COUNCIL OF ATHENS AND LIMESTONE COUNTY $10,000 / FUTURE $20,000 LTR Upgrade for Adult and Student Literacy Advancement www.learn-to-read.org

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    Environment: $90,000 FUTURE: $110,000 FRIENDS OF GRAND RAPIDS PARKS FUTURE $75,000 Parks Alive: reclaim & sustain, clean & green, stay & play www.friendsofgrparks.org HEALTHY HOMES COALITION OF WEST MICHIGAN, INC. $20,000 / FUTURE $10,000 Healthy Homes Primary Prevention Program (H2P3) www.healthyhomescoalition.org WEST MICHIGAN ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COUNCIL $20,000 Inspiring WMEACtion in West Michigan www.wmeac.org WEST MICHIGAN HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY, INC. $50,000 / FUTURE $25,000 The Richard & Helen DeVos Japanese Garden at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

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    Health: $92,500 FUTURE: $115,000 CATHERINE’S HEALTH CENTER $25,000 Opening Doors Capital Campaign: Building a Legacy of Quality Care to Increase Services to the Community www.catherineshc.org CATHERINE’S HEALTH CENTER $7,500 LEED Bonus www.catherineshc.org CHERRY STREET HEALTH SERVICES $25,000 / FUTURE $15,000 Increasing Health Care Access in Wyoming & SW Grand Rapids www.cherryhealth.org HOSPICE OF MICHIGAN $35,000 / FUTURE $25,000 MSU College of Human Medicine Fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care www.hom.org KENT COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT FUTURE $75,000 Kent County Dental Clinic

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    Human Service: $1,204,128 FUTURE: $385,000 CONDUCTIVE LEARNING CENTER $20,000 Refinement of branding message & creation of marketing materials www.conductivelearningcenter.org FAMILY FUTURES $35,000 Connections expansion www.familyfutures.net FIRST STEPS KENT $100,000 First Steps Initiative www.firststepskent.org HEART OF WEST MICHIGAN UNITED WAY $100,000 2011 Campaign www.waybetterunitedway.org HEART OF WEST MICHIGAN UNITED WAY $375,000 / FUTURE $125,000 2012 Campaign www.waybetterunitedway.org KENT COUNTY FAMILY & CHILDREN’S COORDINATING COUNCIL $79,538 Kent County Collective Impact - Phase I LITERACY CENTER OF WEST MICHIGAN $20,000 Blueprint for Adult Literacy www.literacycenterwm.org MEL TROTTER MINISTRIES $25,000 / FUTURE $25,000 Shelter from the Storm capital campaign www.meltrotter.org MOMSBLOOM $7,500 Flourishing Families www.momsbloom.org OUR HOPE ASSOCIATION $30,000 Sustainability of Our Hope Association www.ourhopeassociation.org PLANNED PARENTHOOD OF WEST AND NORTHERN MICHIGAN $60,000 / FUTURE $120,000 Standing Tall campaign www.plannedparenthood.org SAFE HAVEN MINISTRIES, INC. $20,000 / FUTURE $20,000 Safe Haven Works: Helping Employers Address Domestic Violence in the Workplace www.safehavenministries.org

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    SALVATION ARMY $37,500 LEED Bonus www.salvationarmyusa.org SENIOR MEALS PROGRAM, INC. $75,000 / FUTURE $75,000 Senior Meals capital campaign www.seniormealsonwheels.org THE GRAND RAPIDS RED PROJECT $20,000 / FUTURE $15,000 Clean Works Program www.redprojectgr.org THE GRAND RAPIDS RED PROJECT $10,000 Mobile health unit and Clean Works Program www.redprojectgr.org UNITED WAY OF ATHENS AND LIMESTONE COUNTY $42,460 2012 campaign www.unitedwayofathenslimestone.org UNITED WAY OF GREATER HIGH POINT, INC. $14,630 2012 campaign www.unitedwayhp.org WEST MICHIGAN CENTER FOR ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY $100,000 Youth Program Opportunity for Innovation www.wmcat.org WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER $20,000 Empower Program for Women www.grwrc.org YOUNG MEN’S CHRISTIAN ASSOCIATION OF GRAND RAPIDS $12,500 / FUTURE $5,000 Camp Manitou-Lin Resident and Day Camp scholarships, Mid City Adventure Club, and Search Institute Asset Training www.grymca.org

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    Other: $53,400 FUTURE: $15,000 COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATIONS $8,400 2011/2012 membership dues www.michiganfoundations.org COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATIONS $15,000 / FUTURE $15,000 Office of Foundation Liaison www.michiganfoundations.org GRAND RAPIDS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION $30,000 Nonprofit Technical Assistance Fund www.nptafund.org

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    Matching Gifts: The Steelcase Foundation also partners with Steelcase In 2012, the Foundation provided $455,383.10 in matching employees, retirees and directors by matching their gifts funds that included $369,067 for education; $54,905.10 to arts and culture, education and environmental and for arts and culture; and $31,411 for environment and conservation programs. The maximum contribution is conservation programs. Matching gift application forms $10,000 yearly. The amount can be a combination of are available from the Foundation office. For a detailed gifts to a number of different organizations. list of matching gift recipients, please visit us online at www.steelcasefoundation.org.

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    Statements of Unrestricted Activity Year ended November 30, 2012 2011 REVENUES In-kind contributions $ 332,151 $ 353,156 Contributions 412,000 260,000 Investment income: Dividends and interest 1,090,053 1,500,735 Realized and unrealized gain on investments 7,618,164 1,810,307 TOTAL REVENUES $ 9,452,368 $ 3,924,198 EXPENSES Grants and matching gifts $ 3,530,411 $ 3,624,279 Investment management and agency fees 751,025 506,185 Current provisions for federal excise tax (5,103) 30,682 General and administrative 332,151 353,156 TOTAL EXPENSES $ 4,608,484 $ 4,514,302 INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS $ 4,843,884 $ (590,104) NET ASSETS, BEGINNING OF YEAR $ 81,343,547 $ 81,933,651 NET ASSETS, END OF YEAR $ 86,187,431 $ 81,343,547

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    Statements of Financial Position Year ended November 30, 2012 2011 ASSETS Cash and cash equivalents $ 78,656 $ 612,733 Accrued interest receivable 27,718 21,239 Investments, at fair value 88,484,636 83,148,257 Federal excise tax refundable 21,421 16,318 TOTAL ASSETS $ 88,612,431 $ 83,798,547 LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS Liabilities: Grants payable $ 2,425,000 $ 2,455,000 Net Assets: Unrestricted 86,187,431 81,343,547 TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET ASSETS $ 88,612,431 $ 83,798,547 A note about the art The original typography artwork featured in this report was created by West Michigan native Emily Van Hoff. The letters have been carefully constructed out of vintage fabrics, illustrating the strategic methods the Foundation uses to bring its guiding principles to life through involvement with many great organizations. Art direction and design by Rachel Hyde.

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    Steelcase Foundation Trustees Julie Ridenour / President Kate Pew Wolters / Board Chair James P. Hackett Mary Anne Hunting Elizabeth Welch Lykins Mary Goodwillie Nelson Craig Niemann Robert C. Pew III Brian Cloyd / Ex Officio Member Foundation Staff Phyllis Gebben / Donation Coordinator Christine Nelson, Ph.D. / Grants Consultant Investment Committee Mary Anne Hunting Craig Niemann Shelly Padnos Kate Pew Wolters Investment Committee Staff Gary Malburg Steelcase Foundation P.O. BOX 1967/GH-4E / Grand Rapids, MI 49501-1967 P: 616.246.4695 / F: 616.475.2200 / STEELCASEFOUNDATION.ORG 04/13 ©2013 STEELCASE INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

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