Our Inclusion Statement

The greater Kalamazoo area draws its spirit, vitality and character from the increasingly diverse mix of people who live and work in our community. The Kalamazoo Community Foundation recognizes that the future strength of our organization and this community rests firmly on its commitment to value, respect and embrace the richness of a diverse citizenry.

The Community Foundation wants to do its part to ensure that no person is excluded from services, employment or volunteer participation because of ethnicity, race, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, economic background/circumstances, physical and/or mental abilities, veteran status, marital status, resident legal status, philosophy/religion, or any other discriminatory reason.

Therefore, as a condition of accepting a grant award from the Community Foundation, all grantees must acknowledge their inclusion policies and/or practices by affirming the following Inclusion Statement, which appears the Community Foundation's Grant Agreement:

  • No person is excluded from agency services;
  • Wherever practical, all people will be considered in employment or volunteer participation, regardless of ethnicity, race, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, national origin, economic background/circumstances, physical and/or mental abilities, veteran status, marital status, resident legal status, philosophy/religion, or any other discriminatory reason.
  • The organization is continuing to intentionally increase inclusive practices.

Organizations that serve a specifically defined population or charitable class of people are not considered non-inclusive or discriminatory. The Inclusion Statement applies to how an organization serves its specific target population as well as how it handles hiring and volunteer participation.

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