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M. E. Davenport Foundation


Last Updated: 2016-10-06

At A Glance

M. E. Davenport Foundation

360 East Beltline N.E., Ste. 200

Grand Rapids, MI United States 49506-1208

Telephone: (616) 459-2233


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Additional Descriptor

  • Family foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2015-09-30)

Assets: $16,664,274

Total giving: $2,146,942




Established in 1986 in MI

Purpose and Activities

The foundation gives first consideration to projects in the following areas: a) Education (business, professional, and career/employment training and re-training; and educational programs designed to optimize learning at any stage of the learning lifecycle from preschool to post-secondary. The scale of the effort can be large or small, work within existing learning environments or create new access/outreach portals. Initiatives should show promise in approaching and addressing emerging needs and challenges); b) Economies (initiatives designed to catalyze and diversify local and regional economies. Projects and practices that encourage ongoing development, stability, and sustainability of localized business corridors and micro-districts; and c) Environments (support in this area involves a specific interpretation of "environment" that emphasizes the responsible blending, sharing, and stewardship of both the built and natural environments. Ideally, initiatives seeking to combine and coordinate economic viability with environmental sensitivity through organizational practices, planning and policy, and land/resource management).

Fields of Interest

  • Camps
  • Charter school education
  • Community recreation
  • Economics for youth
  • Education
  • Elementary and secondary education
  • Higher education
  • Job training
  • Sports and recreation
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2015-09-30

Assets: $16,664,274 (market value)

Gifts received: $500

Expenditures: $2,448,548

Total giving: $2,146,942

Qualifying distributions: $2,284,751