The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation awards grants to many worthy organizations, and is committed to supporting programs that advance higher education, health and opportunities for youth and adults in our community.

Joe’s Kids

joes_kids_01Michigan State University Athletics and the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation have teamed up to create Joe’s Kids. Joe’s Kids, which is named in honor of the late Joe D. Pentecost, provides opportunities for Lansing area youth to experience the color and pageantry of Spartan athletics.

The H.O.P.E.(Helping Other People Excel) scholars who are invited to Joe’s Kids Day begin their visit by eating breakfast at Case Hall, followed by a tour of the Clara Bell Smith Academic Center. The scholars are then escorted to Spartan Stadium by Michigan State student-athletes to enjoy watching an MSU football or basketball game. The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation’s goal is to provide the opportunity for underprivileged children in the Lansing area to attend MSU events and experience MSU campus life.

“By providing opportunities for underprivileged children in the Lansing area to experience college and attend MSU events, we hope to provide the encouragement and motivation they need to take that next step.”

MSU student athletes speak to Joe's Kids
MSU student athletes speak to Joe’s Kids


Helping Other People Excel

HOPE Scholars Giovanny Balcarcel and Paxton Klaver
HOPE Scholars Giovanny Balcarcel and Paxton Klaver

The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation is proud to support the H.O.P.E. program, which provides two years of tuition at Lansing Community College to any Lansing H.O.P.E. scholar who graduates from high school. The Foundation chose the H.O.P.E program because of the benefits it provides to the community, and because we believe it has motivated the kids to stay in school, stay out of trouble and go to college.

H.O.P.E. scholars are selected from four Lansing schools: Gardner, Otto, Pattengill and Pleasant View. The schools select at-risk sixth graders as an incentive for them to excel in middle school and high school. Each participant must meet specific criteria for excellence, including academics, attitude and behavior in school.

ITEC TechTransport


The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation supported the nonprofit Information Technology Empowerment Center (ITEC) with funds to help give its TechTransport bus a high-tech exterior look. ITEC aims to bring educational technology opportunities to Lansing-area residents who have limited access to home computers and the internet, with the goal of helping people develop the skills needed for 21st century jobs.

The Aitch Foundation

The Joe D. Pentecost Foundation is a proud contributor to The Aitch Foundation, founded to raise awareness of and generate charitable contributions for research into early detection of hidden cancers.

Other organizations that have been granted funds from the Joe D. Pentecost Foundation include:

  • Advent House Ministries
  • Alano Club
  • Allen Street Neighborhood
  • Annie’s Big Nature Lesson
  • ARSR
  • ASPIRE Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing
  • Bath Township Parks and Rec Scholarship
  • Bath Youth Football Program
  • Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Bounce Back to School Backpack
  • Building 21 Teen Center
  • Camp Catch a Rainbow
  • Cap CAN
  • Capital Area Humane Society
  • Capital Area Literacy
  • CASA – The Voice of Clinton County
  • CASA for Ingham County
  • Child & Family Charities Teen Court
  • Children’s Ballet Theatre of Michigan
  • Concert for the Cure
  • Davies Project
  • Easton Clothing
  • Ele’s Place
  • empowHER
  • Gaudior Academy
  • Girl Scouts of Michigan
  • Haven House
  • Hayes Green Beach Hospital
  • Help a Willing Kid
  • HOPE Connections
  • Herb Haygood Off-Season Skills Camp
  • HIghfields
  • Holy Cross Women’s Behavioral Health
  • Impression Five Museum
  • iTec for iMath
  • iTec for iBus
  • Invent Now
  • Junior Achievement
  • Kids Repair Program
  • Lansing City Rescue Mission
  • Lansing Promise
  • Lansing Teen Challenge
  • Lions of Michigan
  • Make a Wish Foundation
  • Many Hands weekend food program
  • Marrow Foundation
  • Mikey 23 Foundation
  • Michigan Dyslexia Institute
  • Michigan United Way – MI Veterans Coalition
  • Mid-Michigan Food Bank
  • MSU Dept. of Kinesiology
  • MSU Duffy Daugherty Building
  • MSU Golf
  • MSU Music School
  • MSU Pentecost Plaza
  • MSU Scholarship
  • National Council on Alcoholism
  • Pregnancy Services of Greater Lansing
  • R. J. Scheffel Memorial Toy Project
  • Rhama Word House
  • Riverwalk Theatre
  • Salvation Army
  • Sierra Farms
  • St. Vincent Catholic Charities
  • St. Mary’s Vincent de Paul
  • Towar Community
  • Volunteers of America
  • WAI-IAM Rise Houses
  • Woldumer Nature Center