Diana Sieger stewards community endowment
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For nearly 27 years, Diana Sieger has led, served and fostered philanthropic and community initiatives in Kent County as president of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.
Through the foundation’s permanent endowment covering assets of more than $300 million, Sieger’s team of 26 employees fulfill the nonprofit’s mission to lead the community and strengthen the lives of its people.
Recent work includes creation of the Challenge Scholars program that assures students who graduate from Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Union High School have the needed funding and educational support to pursue a college degree.
The first class of Challenge Scholars will graduate in 2020, and while Sieger admits it’s not the Kalamazoo Promise, it is the largest effort the foundation has ever undertaken and will assist many students in affording higher education.
This year, Sieger accepted the Diversity Visionary Award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce on behalf of the foundation in recognition of its commitment to and sustained efforts toward creating a community and a community foundation that's diverse, inclusive and racism free.
Sieger has received many accolades, including the Edward Frey Sr. Distinguished Achievement Award from Junior Achievement of West Michigan. She also was honored by the Michigan Women’s Foundation with the Woman of Achievement and Courage Award.
In the community
Sieger sits on committees and boards of the Council on Foundations and Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council and is a member of the non-partisan Office of Foundation Liaison within the governor’s office.