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Why give?

Baxter Community Center relies on individual and business gifts to support its services, staff and facilities. A one-time or monthly gift goes a long ways toward providing a safe place to go, grow and know for our neighbors. Click Here for our secure online giving form.

*2017 Tax Information: In person contributions must be received at Baxter before 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 28, 2017. For all gifts received through US Mail, the envelope must be postmarked on or before December 31, 2017.Online gifts completed no later than 11:59 p.m. in your time zone on December 31, 2017, will qualify.

The Impact of your Gift

Child Development Center

Each $125 supports one child for a full month at Baxter’s Child Development Center. Funds go towards staff salaries, supplies and scholarships.

Health Center

Each $250 supports one patient for a full year through Baxter’s Dental Office and Medical Clinic. Funds cover salaries, supplies and allow for low flat rates for patients.


Every $10 brings food and clothing to an individual for a year, and $500 provides supplies and mentoring to a neighborhood gardener for a full season.


Each $100 extends mentoring to a students for a full month through Baxter’s Mizizi Maji Mentoring Program. Funds are used for staff wages, supplies, activity funding and more.

Other ways to give

Gifts of Cash/Check

You can mail a check to:

935 Baxter St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

Gifts can also be dropped off in-person during business hours (9am-5pm, Monday through Friday).

Gifts “In Memory of” or “In Honor of”

A gift to Baxter Community Center in memory/in honor of a treasured family member or friend is an impactful way to honor a life. A letter of acknowledgement will be sent to the family in your name (please provide address). Memorial/Honorary gifts, together with applicable information, should be sent to: 

935 Baxter St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

United Way Contributions

Please designate Baxter Community Center for your Heart of West Michigan United Way donations. If you live in another United Way area, please ask if you can designate to Baxter Community Center.

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match the gifts of their employees, retirees, spouses or widow/widowers of retired employees, to Baxter Community Center. This is an effective way for you to double, and in some cases more than double the amount of your gift. Please contact the Human Resource Office of your company about their matching gift program.

Legacy Gifts


A beneficiary designation in your will or other estate plan is a simple way to leave a lasting legacy. Typically, a percentage of the estate is given to one or more charitable organizations. An existing will can be modified with a codicil, which is very simple and inexpensive. Be sure to use the full name and city of charity’s location (e.g., Baxter Community Center, Grand Rapids, MI).


Charitable Remainder Trusts (CRT’s) and Charitable Lead Trusts (CLT’s) can be effective ways to provide for family and charities you love.

For assistance and answers to your questions, Contact Melanie Beelen, Executive Director at or contact your advisor.

Monthly Giving is easy!

Giving a small monthly amount can add up to a large impact! It also helps Baxter’s finance department be able to project funding for our programs. Thank you for considering a monthly gift of of any amount!

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