The Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation is a private foundation
established in November 1977 by Guido and Elizabeth Binda. Guido was
an architect specializing in school design. For over forty years he
invested his time and resources throughout southwest Michigan, improving
education and the quality of life for many. Elizabeth, a former educator
and world traveler, was an avid reader and devotee of the opera, classical
music and the arts. Her passion to enhance learning for all children and
youth is exemplified in the Foundation's accomplishments. Guido and
Elizabeth lived in Battle Creek, and shared a love for swans (hence the
Foundation logo) - they cared for at least one pair for many many years ...
Guido and Elizabeth chose to focus on creative educational programs in areas throughout
southwest Michigan where Guido's architectural firm had designed schools.
With a strong education policy, the foundation also supports arts and culture
initiatives as well as health and human service programs.
Both Guido and Elizabeth believed it was beholden of all citizens to support
agencies which were beneficial in improving human social conditions. We value
inclusiveness and seek diversity to ensure that a range of perspectives, opinions,
and experiences are recognized and acted upon in pursuit of the Foundation's mission.
The Binda Foundation values differences among individuals including, but not limited
to, age, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, race and physical
Since Guido's passing in 1998 and Elizabeth's in 2009, the Board of Trustees has
been privileged to continue their legacy. Their vision and investment in the
future lives on.
The Board of Trustees
[L to R] John Hosking, Cindy Ruble President
, Dennis Bona, Huilan Krenn, Rick Tsoumas Vice President
Jill Wise Treasurer
, Robert Binda, Nancy Taber Executive Director
, and Joel Orosz