An endowed fund at the Community Foundation will generate money to meet community needs in perpetuity. Over time, grants awarded exceed the original gift, while the fund balance continues growing, tax-exempt, forever. The result is a legacy that honors and sustains a donor’s generosity.
Barbara Smoyer was a remarkable woman who gave much of herself to Princeton during the fifty years it was her home.
She served on many nonprofit boards, was active in local politics, and was the first woman elected to Princeton Township Committee, serving from 1972 to 1975. She was honored many times for her civic and charitable work.
Following her sudden death in 1996, her many friends and colleagues created an endowment to remember and honor her. Barbara Smoyer’s many good works live on through grants made by the fund established in her memory.
Illustration adapted with permission from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation