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Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root

Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy.


Posted: October 06, 2022 


Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids secures fiduciary partner

Preston Sain, co-founder of Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids (BWSGR), on Wednesday, June 1, signed a contract with Grand Rapids-based AQUME Foundation to be BWSGR’s fiduciary partner for its $100 million, 16-year capital campaign on which the Business Journal previously reported.


The groups behind southeast Grand Rapids' business boom

Business owners, incubators and nonprofits are revitalizing historically Black neighborhoods

By  Rachel Watson (Crain's Detriot)

Posted: September 12, 2022 


Ignite Your Light: Meet the Finalists of the 33rd Annual ATHENA Awards

The Grand Rapids Chamber is excited to celebrate the amazing work that our community leaders are doing to empower and encourage the inclusion of women. This year, our 33rd Annual ATHENA Awards Celebration highlights ten amazing individuals and three impactful organizations that are making a difference each day.

By  Grand Rapids Chamber

Posted: August 24, 2022 


Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids announces partner in $100M capital campaign

Black Wallstreet Grand Rapids has chosen to partner with the Aqume Foundation, a nonprofit focused on financial planning and investing in communities of color.

The decision comes on the 101-year anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre.

By Kylie M. Ambu (WGVU News)

Posted: June 1, 2022 


New foundation aims to help minorities navigate finances

Every plate of soul food coming out of the Candied Yam’s kitchen is helping create a legacy for Jessica Ann Tyson.

Her 44th Street restaurant employs 15 people and she’s now set to open a second location on South Division in Grand Rapids with the help of AQUME Foundation.

by: Joe LaFurgey (

Posted: May 31, 2022 

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