About

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation was established in 1992. It is a single-purpose foundation with the goal of providing an endowment fund to support the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Contributions and Distributions

The Foundation accepts contributions to the general endowment as well as to existing restricted and unrestricted funds. Named funds may be established with a contribution of $10,000 or more and can be designated by the donor for restricted use. Contributions may be made as cash gifts and/or pledges, including pledges in estate plans. Contributions of $1,000 or more qualify for permanent recognition. The Foundation is a licensed, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

The Foundation makes annual payments to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park according to the payment policy of the Foundation.

Board of Directors

The Foundation elects an independent, public Board of Directors.

Emeritus Directors

Earl D. Holton

Ray B. Loeschner

Fred Meijer (1919- 2011)

Lena Meijer

Board of Directors

President, Saralyn Coupe

V. President & Treasurer, Michael R. Julien

Secretary, Tamara R. Bailey

Director, John G. Baab

Director, William J. Boer

Director, Randall S. Damstra

Director, Michael A. Gaudino

Director, Dirk C. Hoffius

Director, Amy L. Keane

Director, Nancy G. Kennedy

Director, Kathleen P. Maine

Director, Hendrik G. Meijer

Director, Jeffrey S. Padnos

Ex Officio, Linda Chamberlain Ph.D.

Executive Director, Susanne T. Veeneman

2018 Annual Report

"Because Meijer Gardens has brought joy to so many guests, managing growth has been our greatest, and happiest, challenge."

— Earl Holton, Board Member

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In Gratitude to Long-time Foundation Board Member John Bouwer

With gratitude and a deep sense of appreciation, the Board of the Foundation would like to wish John Bouwer all the best as he concludes nearly 20 years of service to our organization. John and his wife, Marian, have been members of the Foundation since 1999 and belong to the Bonsai Society. They…

President's Letter - Annual Report 2019

Dear Friends, As visitors and supporters of Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, we’re all familiar with that feeling we experience when we enter its spaces. As each of us is uniquely individual, that experience is also unique, be it subtle or dramatic. Art has that effect on a person. And…

The Foundation Welcomes New Board Member Mike Gaudino

The Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mike Gaudino to its Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2020. A native of West Virginia, Mike earned a BA in business administration and a master of Accounting at West Virginia University. He and…

Financial Report

Statement of Financial Position
As of December 31
2017 2018 2019
Assets
Investments at Market Value
$116,111,392
$110,353,878
$132,785,913
Pledges, Gifts, Other Receivables
$13,764,069
$9,898,015
$9,003,547
Total Assets
$129,875,461
$120,251,893
$141,789,460
Less: Liabilities
$1,585,556
$1,460,678
($1,320,427)
Total Net Assets
$128,289,905
$118,791,215
$140,469,033
Restricted Funds
$55,788,438
$52,499,555
$59,879,293
Unrestricted Funds
$72,501,467
$66,291,660
$80,589,740
Total Net Assets
$128,289,905
$118,791,215
$140,469,033
Statement of Activities
As of December 31
2017 2018 2019
Revenues and Gains
Contributions Income
$14,253,308
$1,118,764
$4,899,954
Investment Income or (Loss)
$17,590,001
$(5,656,098)
$22,044,423
Total Revenues and Gains/(Loss)
$31,843,309
$(4,537,334)
$26,944,377
Distributions and Expenses
Distributions to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
$4,358,450
$4,845,580
$5,125,794
Other Expenses
$97,298
$115,776
$140,765
Total Distributions and Expenses
$4,455,748
$4,961,356
$5,266,559
Increase (Decrease) to Net Assets
$27,387,561
$(9,498,690)
$21,677,818

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Thank You

Thank you to our former Board members who have also served the Foundation.

Former Board Members

John D. Bouwer (2002-2019)

Judith A. DeLapa (2007-2012)

Pamella G. DeVos (1993-2009)

James L. Hopewell (2015-2016)

Michael J. Jandernoa (2005-2009)

James P. Keane (2010-2015)

Fred M. Keller* (1997-2001)

Deborah Hoffman Meijer (1993-2005)

Jack H. Miller (2002-2003)

Richard A. Morton* (1997-2018)

John M. Nowak (1993-2005)

Stuart B. Padnos* (2004-2012)

H. Edward Prein* (2004-2011)

Peter M. Wege* (1993-1998)