Helping Others

How Action Point supports -

Action Point's Founder and Senior Financial Advisor, Ben VerWys has been involved in leadership for the LaughFest festival since 2012. He is currently Co-Chairman of the 2016 Cabinet.

Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids provides free emotional healthcare to children, adults, families, and friends on any kind of cancer journey or those grieving the death of someone in their life due to any cause.

Gilda’s LaughFest, the nation’s first-ever community-wide festival of laughter, has quickly earned a reputation for being one of the nation’s marquee events for both participants and artists. This major 10- day Midwest festival was created by Gilda’s Club Grand Rapids and launched in March 2011 to celebrate laughter for the health of it, the festival features stand-up, improv, film, authors, community showcases, and a variety of seriously funny stuff. LaughFest brings together a diverse audience of children and adults every March to honor laughter as an essential part of emotional health and well being.

Innovation and Thought Leadership


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Action Point's Founder and Senior Financial Advisor, Ben VerWys serves on the Executive Team of the annual Grand Rapids TED conference.

Giving Back

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Action Point financially supports a number of local community initiatives through the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.

Ben VerWys is part of the GRCF '100 New Philanthropists' and 'Big Changers' programs.


Improving Financial Literacy

Consider this - in the United States, we've never had more workers with college degrees, and yet, many feel we've never had a less educated population when it comes to understanding money. 

Financially, we must all increasingly make their own financial success. Society and our education system do not prepare you well to do this, and therefore many will never be able to achieve financial success without sound advice, which will certainly not come from the media. Millions of households, families and businesses will never succeed financially without high quality advice. We became Financial Advisors in order to help people find lasting financial security. We almost never meet people who are planning to fail; and yet we have met many people who are failing to plan. 

The rest of this section will be devoted to non-financial ideas and causes that we support. However we would be remiss if we did not include financial literacy improvement on this list. We are currently developing education content to improve financial literacy broadly.