The Kalamazoo Community Foundation was established in 1925 with a gift of $1,000 from one person, W.E. Upjohn, who had a vision of a better community. Today we are one of the oldest, most respected and successful community foundations in the country, and are supported by thousands of people from all walks of life.

The Community Foundation provides essential funding to programs that ensure all of our children have an equitable chance for success in school, that nurture and prepare all of our young people for life beyond school, that support individuals and families from all walks of life, that enhance community prosperity in every corner of Kalamazoo County, and make life better for all. 

We have an in-depth understanding of the community’s challenges and needs, and the groups and individuals addressing them. We are dedicated to preserving what we've come to appreciate most in our community for future generations.

We are here to do good work, forever.

Our Story



At the end of the day, most people don't get to say they were a part of making life better for someone in their community. We get to say it every day. Watch this video to hear our story and learn more.

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Video production by Lawrence Productions

2014 Herme Creative Awards Platinum Winner for Nonprofit Video

 

 

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