foundation http://michiganradio.org en Private donors pay for new public school building at Grand Rapids nature preserve http://michiganradio.org/post/private-donors-pay-new-public-school-building-grand-rapids-nature-preserve <p>Walk up to the new school inside the Blandford Nature Center and a flock of brown hens will quietly greet you. The hens are part of a business lesson about entrepreneurs at the Blandford School.</p><p>On Monday students and staff gathered to open the new school building paid for through mostly private funds.</p><p>Jennifer Brandstatter wipes tears from her cheek during the&nbsp;celebration. She moved her oldest of two daughters from a Catholic school to attend&nbsp; 6th grade at Blandford and she “loves it”.</p><p>“I just, I cry when I think about it. It’ just she’s having the best time of her life. The teachers are amazing. I mean it’s just such a unique experience,” Brandstatter explained. Mon, 07 Jan 2013 21:15:13 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10650 at http://michiganradio.org Private donors pay for new public school building at Grand Rapids nature preserve Changing Chicago, $1,000 at a time http://michiganradio.org/post/changing-chicago-1000-time <p>http://www.changinggears.info/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Awesome_web.mp3</p><p>The word &ldquo;foundation&rdquo; often makes people think of big money. But there&rsquo;s a new group of philanthropists in Chicago who have smaller funds, but big hopes for changing communities.</p> Wed, 03 Aug 2011 15:36:52 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 3594 at http://michiganradio.org Changing Chicago, $1,000 at a time