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About us

Ed and Darlene Lowe established the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1985 to leverage entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic growth and community development. In contrast to most U.S. foundations, which are grant-giving entities, we are an operating foundation and use our endowment to fund ourown programs. 

Our  entrepreneurship initiatives are focused on second-stage companies — growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond  startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. Our peer learning, leadership education and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. We also educate communities about the unique challenges that second-stagers face, how to work with them — and how to develop the kind of  culture they need to flourish

To scale our impact, the foundation delivers programs to second-stagers through other entrepreneur support organizations, such as small business development centers and economic development agencies. Although some programs are conducted virtually, the majority of leader retreats are held at Big Rock Valley (BRV), our headquarters in southwest Michigan.

BRV is also integral in our  land stewardship initiatives. A 2,000-acre property comprised of woodlands, wetlands and prairies, BRV’s diverse habitats support a wide variety of species, many of which are endangered or threatened. To preserve BRV’s environmental integrity, the foundation employs a number of innovative land management practices. In addition, we allow researchers to use the property for studies that can expand the knowledge base of conservation science.