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

2020 Annual Report

"The Gardens are a magnificent gift to our fair city from Fred and Lena and countless others who have worked tirelessly on its behalf!"
— Lois De Boer, Donor

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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 2020

Dear Friends, A simple Google search of the word “legacy” reveals a synonym, “heritage,” defined as “valued objects and qualities...that have been passed down from previous generations.” A strong legacy begets permanence to those things most valued; not simply tangibles, but intangibles…

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
2018 2019 2020
Assets
Investments at Market Value
$110,353,878
$132,785,913
$151,876,685
Pledges, Gifts, Other Receivables
$9,898,015
$9,003,547
$5,865,645
Total Assets
$120,251,893
$141,789,460
$157,742,330
Less: Liabilities
$1,460,678
($1,320,427)
($1,183,757)
Total Net Assets
$118,791,215
$140,469,033
$156,558,573
Restricted Funds
$52,499,555
$59,879,293
$67,127,779
Unrestricted Funds
$66,291,660
$80,589,740
$89,430,794
Total Net Assets
$118,791,215
$140,469,033
$156,558,573
Statement of Activities
As of December 31
2018 2019 2020
Revenues and Gains
Contributions Income
$1,118,764
$4,899,954
$2,866,147
Investment Income or (Loss)
$(5,656,098)
$22,044,423
$18,705,133
Total Revenues and Gains/(Loss)
$(4,537,334)
$26,944,377
$21,571,280
Distributions and Expenses
Distributions to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
$4,845,580
$5,125,794
$5,342,172
Other Expenses
$115,776
$140,765
$139,568
Total Distributions and Expenses
$4,961,356
$5,266,559
$5,481,740
Increase (Decrease) to Net Assets
$(9,498,690)
$21,677,818
$16,089,540

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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)