Sponsors

2020 Comprehensive Sponsorship Opportunities

Comprehensive sponsors are asked to give their 2020 gifts at the beginning of the year to be recognized as GCA sponsors throughout the entire year.  Each sponsorship level includes tickets to our events so you can stay up to date with what the GCA has been doing to help transform the lives of girls. The funds raised through these events support a major portion of our operating budget, in addition to granting scholarships to deserving girls who cannot afford tuition.

“Raise Your Voice” Table Hosted Lunch is an opportunity for attendees to learn more about the unique opportunity we provide for girls across West Michigan to learn leadership skills and to grow their self-confidence through the magic of music. The GCA provides lunch, and we ask attendees to make a contribution to help us accomplish our mission. The event is on March 19, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the City Flats Ballroom in downtown Grand Rapids.

“Let Their Voice Be Heard” Benefit includes a cocktail reception, dinner, and entertainment. In this festive environment we celebrate the GCA and honor a Grand Rapids woman who is a leader in the community and an excellent role model for women and girls in our community. This year’s Honoree is Sandi Frost Steensma, President and Chief Executive Officer, Kennari Consulting. The event will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. at Watermark Country Club.

High Notes Home Cabaret is our exclusive donor appreciation event for our High Notes donors, who give $1,000 or more each year. This fall event features appetizers, drinks and entertainment.

Please consider partnering with the GCA as a comprehensive sponsor. If you have any questions, please contact Angela at 616.361.6111 or email angela@girlschoralacademy.org.

 

About 2020 "Giving Girls A Voice" Honoree Sandi Frost Steensma

Sandi Frost Steensma is President and Founder of Kennari Consulting, a regional fundraising consulting firm specializing in capital campaigns, annual fundraising, planned giving, endowment fundraising, strategic planning and grant writing. Sandi has more than 25 years of experience in successful fundraising serving as a consultant and/or serving agencies. She worked as a consultant for another regional firm for eight years prior to founding Kennari Consulting in 2007 and served Hospice of Michigan as statewide Corporate Director of Development and as Executive Director of the Grand Rapids office.

Sandi has worked with many types of non-profit agencies including arts organizations, educational institutions, health care agencies, social services agencies, libraries and associations. She has served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Board of Directors and has trained at local, statewide and national conferences. Sandi holds her BA from the University of Colorado and her Masters of Management from Aquinas College. She is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids and was a 2007 Fellow in the Michigan Political Leadership program at Michigan State University.

Sandi is active in many community organizations and served as an elected Kent County Commissioner serving Cascade Township, Lowell Township, Bowne Township and Caledonia Township from 2007-2013. Her colleagues elected her Chair of the County Commission in January 2010, 2011 and again in 2012.

In January 2014, Governor Rick Snyder appointed Sandi to the Lake Superior State University Board of Control, an 8-member Board that serves as the governing board of the University. Additionally, Sandi currently serves as an active member of the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) and the SBAM Leadership Council.

Kennari Consulting has received many honors including winning the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 EPIC Award for Woman Owned Business, being recognized as one of “50 Businesses to Watch in Michigan” by Michigan Celebrates Small Business in 2019 (and as a finalist in 2016), and as a Top Women-Owned Business from the Grand Rapids Business Journal Bi-Annual honor in 2017, 2015 and 2013. Kennari Consulting was also a 2015 EPIC Award Small Business of the Year finalist (Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce).

Sandi is a 2015 YWCA West Central Michigan Tribute Award recipient. The Grand Rapids Business Journal named Sandi one of the 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan in 2018, a bi-annual honor she also received in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014.  In 2001 and 2007, Sandi was named an Athena Nominee by the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce and was a finalist in 2014 and 2015. Sandi was further honored in 2011 as one of Inforum’s Inner Circle, an honor she also received in 2009. And, Sandi was named one of the Five Outstanding Young People of Michigan in the mid-1990s.