Kindness is Contagious. Pass It On.

Grand Rapids is known for its hospitality - The Chronicle of Philanthropy says we're America's second most generous city. We invite you to visit and explore our pay-it-forward hospitality for yourself. Just as important, we encourage you to pay it forward in your own life.

Let's make the world a better place!


Direct our Dollars

Each year, Experience Grand Rapids supports three charities representing Art, Eats and Entertainment - attributes that have helped make our city one of the nation's hottest meeting destinations.

Your vote helps determine the percentage of funds we donate to each organization. Please vote for the charity below that touches your heart the most. One vote per person!

Voting has ended for the previous charities.

Share it Forward

Layover on the way back home to Grand Rapids - Just got the most genuine heartfelt hug from a Vietnamese family lost in the Chicago airport and spoke no English. Between an online translator and good old fashioned compassion, managed to get them re-booked after missing their flight to Atlanta. Here's to random acts of kindness - Andrea Dunne-Sosa

Share your Pay it Forward experience - giving or receiving, in or out of Grand Rapids. You'll inspire more good deeds!