James & Shirley Balk
Jim and Shirley Balk are West Michigan philanthropists who have supported a variety of worthy causes through their personal foundation as well as charitable giving through their business, the J. Hansen Balk Steel Treating Company.
The Balks have supported a large number of local organizations and nonprofits over the years, not only financially, but with their time, board service, and leadership. They have supported the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Hospice of Michigan, Spectrum Health, Frederik Meijer Gardens, Pilgrim Manor, the Children’s Healing Center, their church, LaGrave Christian Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, and many more worthy causes. The Balks are also supporters of the Rockford Education Foundation, beginning with generous early support in the 1990s. Their support of REF over the past 30+ years has impacted thousands of Rockford children through REF educational grants.