Grand Rapids Public Schools – Museum School

Annual giving support in staffing transition and pandemic

Grand Rapids Public Schools (GRPS) serves nearly 15,000 students, with a student population representing more than 80 countries and over 70 different languages spoken.  GRPS proudly offers the largest selection of school choices in all of West Michigan, including neighborhood schools, theme schools, Centers of Innovation, Success Centers, and one charter school.

Kennari Consulting has a deep relationship with both Grand Rapids Public Schools and the separate 501c3 supporting foundation (Grand Rapids Public Schools Foundation, formerly called the Student Advancement Foundation). Kennari has partnered in the completion of multiple campaigns and provides ongoing support in navigating the philanthropic landscape of the community.

GRPS launched the Grand Rapids Public Museum School in partnership with the Grand Rapids Public Museum, Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University, Grand Valley State University, the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc., and the Grand Rapids Downtown Development Authority. The Museum School provides students with a cutting-edge educational experience with a mission to inspire passionate curiosity, nurture creative problem solving, cultivate critical thinking, and instigate innovation. Kennari Consulting provided campaign counsel, project management, and ongoing support to help fully fund the campaign.

In 2015, Kennari Consulting identified and researched the XQ Super School Challenge. The XQ Institute challenged communities to develop innovative high school models that will shape the future of education nation-wide and Kennari Consulting was asked to lead the development of the XQ proposal. As a result of the work of a lot of stakeholders, GRPS was awarded $10 million to implement the Museum High School and Kennari provides ongoing support for the implementation of this program.

“Kennari has been a valuable resource as we continue to identify creative ways to meet the needs of students in our community. They are committed partners and trusted guides in our ongoing work together.” – John Helmholdt, Executive Director of Communications and External Affairs, Grand Rapids Public Schools