Betsy Peterson


Director, Learning to Give
[email protected]

Here's what I can help you with:

I can help point you to resources and activities to help you teach young people about philanthropy and what they can do as generous citizens.

Get to know Betsy:

What do you do all day long?
I edit lesson plans, talk to teachers and other nonprofit partners, and strategize about ways to make sure more young people feel like what they do matters in society.

What’s the best part of your job?
Talking one on one with educators and writing lesson plans or training tools.

Favorite flavor of ice cream?
Anything with coffee or chocolate. I like to make homemade ice cream.

What music are you streaming?
Pretty varied, but I love Eva Cassidy and James Taylor styles.

Why do you love where you live?
I love Grand Rapids because I’m close to the woods for hiking, a Great Lake and other water sources, access to the arts, good restaurants, family, and the conveniences of a city.

If you could choose a super power, what would it be?
I’d like to be able to get places by picturing myself there.

Favorite book from childhood?
Tough question since I have a passion for children’s literature. My dad read us all the Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, so I have a special heart for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Favorite book?
The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks, which follows an ancient book through history as a book preservationist finds clues in its spine and stains about where it has been.

Dream vacation?
I would like to go to Portugal and spend a week exploring towns, going to museums, and eating good food.

Reading, bicycling, hiking, gardening, baking and cooking, spending time with family and friends, running, and volunteering