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A celebration of the craft: Design Week in its fifth year

West Michigan Design Week is finally here. In its fifth year, this week-long event series, produced by AIGA West Michigan, celebrates the talented designers of all disciplines, inviting sought-after artists from across the country to speak, as well as local designers, to showcase their work, process, and passion.

 Tera Qualls

Do Good: 'Momentum' helps nonprofits successfully navigate the future

Nonprofit organizations have common challenges, often require the help of an outsider to keep them on track and aligned with their mission, and need to learn how to adapt to changes within and outside the organizational environment. Luckily, upstart company 'Momentum' is here to help. At the helm is Tera Qualls, who brings her experience working at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU to the launch of this new organization.

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Do Good: Center for Community Leadership helps nonprofits to step up their game

These days, more nonprofits than ever are bringing their organizations to the next level by teaming up with community leaders, movers, and shakers from the public, private, and government sectors. Smart move. And the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Community Leadership is making it easier than ever for professionals and organizations to connect.

Jesica Vail, program manager at Grand Rapids Area Coalition to End Homelessness (GRACEH).

Do Good: GRACEH works to make Vision to End Homelessness a reality

Ten years ago, the city of Grand Rapids and the Kent County Board of Commissioners – with research and input from area agencies, churches, and individuals – created the “Vision to End Homelessness,” with the goal being to end homelessness by the close of 2014. Funded and supported by the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dyer-Ives Foundation, Steelcase Foundation, and HUD, the project is massive and ongoing.

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G-Sync: A Just, Equitable City

Many cities talk about the diversity of their economy, but some actually do something about it. Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen talks with the author of Just Growth to determine if Grand Rapids is such a city.
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