Namita Sharma / Photo by Robert Neumann
Namita Sharma gave her first gift to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in 2015, but she knew about us long before that.
Passionate about the power of education — she’s served as president of the Arcadia School and Kalamazoo Central High School Parent Associations, on Kalamazoo Public Schools’ strategic planning committee, and on the boards of KC Ready 4s and Communities In Schools Kalamazoo — her first connection to us was our scholarship program. Her awareness of the Community Foundation and community philanthropy in general expanded while serving as vice chair and later chair of the YWCA of Kalamazoo’s board of directors.
“All of these connections made me want to be part of the Community Foundation’s work,” she says, citing our ability to leverage community resources to address immediate community needs, and to identify and address their root causes so they are reduced over time.
When one asks Namita what else is important to her, she quickly answers: women and children, poverty reduction and economic improvement. “Just like volunteering, giving is a commitment to the community,” she says. “Giving to the Community Foundation covers all of those needs.”
“Collectively, even one small gift makes a huge difference,” she reflects. “One of the most important things we can do is to give back.”
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