Senior Neighbors

Annual giving support in staffing transition and pandemic

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is an independent nonprofit entity that works alongside the city, engaging community members and educating neighbors about the benefits of parks and trees.

Kennari Consulting began working with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks in 2017 alongside a new Executive Director who had been charged with growing fundraising and increasing financial stability and sustainability. In addition to the work of adapting events and building the annual giving program, Kennari has been a strong partner in securing grant funding. In April 2021, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks was awarded a 2021 Bank of America Community Resilience Grant for $50,000. Kennari Consulting partnered in the research and writing of this grant application. As part of the ongoing work together, the Kennari team helps identify possible grant funds and then works closely with staff to write accurate and compelling content. The staff and volunteers of the organization continue to build and maintain these important funder relationships, while Kennari helps add capacity on the back end to make already stretched staff resources go a little further.

“When I first came into the Executive Director role, I knew that I needed support and my first call was to Kennari Consulting. Kennari has been a valuable resource that continues to guide and support me and our team in a variety of ways. They are an extension of our team, support our mission genuinely, are committed to the work, and we have a lot of fun too!” – Stephanie Adams, Executive Director, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks