Spirit of Community Funds
Sundial at Celery Flats, Portage | Photo by Robert Neumann
You can make an impact and help us make life better for all in Kalamazoo County by giving to our Spirit of Community Funds. We use these funds to address Kalamazoo County's most signifcant needs. Your gifts to the Spirit of Community Funds become part of a permanent endowment, which means they will help our community forever.
Spirit of Community Fund
This general fund provides our board of trustees with the flexibility it
needs to address Kalamazoo County's most significant social,
cultural, educational and environmental needs; respond quickly to emergencies; and facilitate innovative responses to community challenges.
Economic and Community Development Fund
The Economic and Community Development Fund provides resources for
neighborhood revitalization projects, as well as support for small
businesses, job training and other programs to help the greater
Kalamazoo area develop and sustain a rich and dynamic local economy.
Grants from this fund have supported organizations like Southwest
Michigan First, the Parks Foundation of Kalamazoo County and the West
Michigan Glass Art Center.
Education and Learning Fund
Community investments from the Education and Learning Fund support
organizations and programs that help parents prepare their young
children for school and give all children an equal opportunity for
success. Grants from this fund have provided support to organizations
like the Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo Valley Community College
and Gull Lake Community Schools.
The Environment Fund supports initiatives that preserve and protect the
greater Kalamazoo area's natural environment. Grants from this fund have
supported organizations such as the Richland Area Community Center,
Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy and the Kalamazoo Nature Center.
Community investments from the Health Fund support programs that provide
people — especially those without insurance and those who cannot afford
health care—with access to the care and services they need. Grants from
the Health Fund support organizations like the West Michigan Cancer
Center and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health Services.
The Housing Fund supports programs that provide safe and affordable
housing to individuals and families in our community. Some organizations
that have benefited from grants from this fund are Kalamazoo Collective
Open Door & Next Door Shelters and Kalamazoo Valley
Habitat for Humanity.
Individuals and Families Fund
Community investments made from the Individuals and Families Fund
support programs that help community members meet their basic human
needs: food, clothing, shelter and care. Grants from the Individuals and
Families Fund have supported organizations like ISAAC, Kalamazoo
Drop-In Child Care Center and the Disability Network of Southwest
Youth Development Fund
The Youth Development Fund supports programs that develop the leadership
and citizenship skills of young people. Grants from this fund support
organizations like the Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, the Eastside
Neighborhood Association and Red Tent.
Partners in Education Scholarship Fund
The Partners in Education Scholarship Fund provides academic scholarships to Kalamazoo County high school students pursuing their educational goals at Michigan colleges and universities.