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04.03.2017
2017 Community Meeting Opening Remarks
President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway's remarks from the Community Foundation's 2017 Community Meetin...

03.28.2017
A message from President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway
There’s no doubt the leadership change in Washington will affect our local community. In fact, it a...

03.28.2017
Education ReConnection: Helping students get back on track
How a Kalamazoo-based program built on relationships helps students get back on track . ...

03.26.2017
Talking about the curse of racism
One evening of talk didn’t cure racism. No one expected it to. But Kalamazoo’s Day of Healing event ...

02.21.2017
Grantmaking highlights
There were three grantmaking rounds in 2016. We awarded 21 grants to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in...

02.20.2017
Help Now! Fund: Work continues one year after mass shooting
A year ago today, our region was sent reeling by an unthinkable tragedy. Our communities responded ...

02.07.2017
Application due date for scholarships is March 1
The application due date is March 1 for Kalamazoo Community Foundation scholarships for graduating ...

01.25.2017
Unique fund provides science scholarships
What did an investment club of five Upjohn Company employees and the 1957 launch of Russia’s Sputn...

01.20.2017
2017 Community Meeting to feature first woman of color in space
On March 23, 2017, Dr. Mae Jemison will be the keynote speaker at the Community Foundation’s 2017 C...

01.20.2017
Pretty Lake Camp: 100 years of "pretty amazing"
This past summer was the 100th anniversary for this pretty amazing place, nestled in the southwest ...

01.18.2017
Grantmaking highlights
We awarded 23 grants totaling $1.2 million to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in the second round of 20...

10.19.2016
Helping the community gain "Momentum"
The Urban Alliance Momentum Neighborhood Employment Solutions Class of June 2016 with program direc...

10.19.2016
Financial Aid Night set for Nov. 14
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 2016 Financial Aid Night will be held at 7 p.m. on November 1...

10.18.2016
Mary Tyler honored with state philanthropy award
Longtime Kalamazoo philanthropist and friend of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation Mary Little Tyle...

10.18.2016
A journey comes full circle
Laurel Clark, a past recipient of the Community Foundation’s Clarence L. Remynse Scholarship, grew...

10.17.2016
A message from Susan Springgate, VP of Finance
Ever since the first gift to your Community Foundation – $1,000 from Dr. W.E. Upjohn in 1925 – we h...

08.22.2016
Community Foundation awards scholarships to 334 local students
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 334 area studen...

08.17.2016
President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway joins board of CFLeads
President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway has been appointed to the board of directors of CFLeads. 

07.14.2016
Collaboration expands, improves affordable housing options
In the 1970s Operation Breakthrough was a revolutionary program that called for public housing that...

07.11.2016
Leave a Legacy: Harry Turbeville
Harry E. Turbeville died in 1976. Today he's helping kids stay safe and healthy after school.

07.08.2016
New digital publications enhance engagement
When recent donor and grantee surveys told us information beyond what one typically finds in this  ...

07.05.2016
Grantmaking update
We awarded 18 grants totaling nearly $894,000 to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in our first grantmak...

07.01.2016
"Equity for All" video wins national award
Equity for All,  the video that opened our 2015 Community Meeting last November, recently won a si...

06.28.2016
Mary Harper joins board of trustees
Mary Harper has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation effe...

05.11.2016
Help Now! Fund Update
More than $218,000 has been donated to the fund, with more than $117,000 disbursed to address the i...

04.07.2016
KZCF accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is accredited with National Standards for U.S. Community Founda...

04.06.2016
Innovative program provides quality pre-k to Northside, Douglas families
Joda Grimes and Angela Johnson are breaking down barriers that get in the way of parents helping th...

04.05.2016
Women invited to apply for scholarships
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is inviting women to apply for scholarships from the Women's Ed...

03.29.2016
KZCF, LIFT Foundation collaboration secures $9 million for affordable housing in Kalamazoo
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation and LIFT Foundation recently collaborated to secure $9.2 million...

03.29.2016
Help Now! Fund assisting victims and families
More than $32,000 are available for distribution or have already been distributed from the Help No...

03.17.2016
Community Foundation named "Best and Brightest" for third time
For the third year in a row, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation has been named one of West Michigan...

03.17.2016
New name for old funds
We've changed the name of our Spirit of Community Funds to Love Where You Live Funds.

01.29.2016
KZCF, Family & Children Services collaboration will help kids in crisis
Kalamazoo Community Foundation has received a $250,000 grant from the  Michigan Health Endowment ...

12.30.2015
Dual track giving
Imagine what Kalamazoo County will be like 25 years from now. The year will be 2040. What exciting ...

12.30.2015
KZCF: Then and now
A few things have changed since the Community Foundation was born in 1925.

12.30.2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates impacts Kalamazoo
Months of planning with dozens of community partners enhanced our 2015 Community Meeting in Novembe...

12.22.2015
Tax-free IRA charitable rollover signed into permanent law
On Monday, Dec. 21 President Obama signed the PATH Act, making the tax-free IRA Charitable Rollover...

12.03.2015
Community Foundation receives Exemplary Foundation Award
Kalamazoo Community Foundation received the Exemplary Foundation Award from the Association of Fund...

11.12.2015
2,500 attend 2015 Community Meeting
Best-selling author Ta-Nehisi Coates spoke to more than 2,500 people about race in America at the C...

09.29.2015
Equity: Engaging people, increasing capacity, removing barriers
Over the last few years, we've learned that expanding the diversity of the voices we hear can greatl...

09.29.2015
Equity for all
Here, in their own words, are the personal perspectives of three partners working towards equity for...

09.29.2015
Recent grant highlights
We awarded 12 grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in our most recent ...

09.29.2015
Community Foundation releases community survey results
Poverty, homelessness and employment are the three most significant social issues facing people livi...

09.29.2015
348 scholarships awarded in 2015
The Community Foundation awarded 348 scholarships totaling just over $1 million to Kalamazoo area st...

09.25.2015
KZCF: Then and now
A few things have changed since the Community Foundation was born in 1925. Here we reflect on our le...

06.29.2015
Ta-Nehisi Coates will be keynote speaker at 2015 Community Meeting
Ta-Nehisi Coates, the author of The Beautiful Struggle and a national correspondent for The Atlantic...

06.28.2015
Education: Investing in the future
When President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway and our team talk about education, we think Big Picture. Ed...

06.27.2015
A message about education from Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh
We view The Learning Network as our community’s best strategy to provide a fair and equal education...

06.26.2015
Changing lives with education
Through its scholarship program, the Community Foundation has been helping change lives with educati...

06.25.2015
KZCF: Then and now
A few things have changed since the Community Foundation was born in 1925.

05.13.2015
First quarter grant highlights
The Community Foundation awarded 20 grants totaling $2.4 million to Kalamazoo County nonprofits in ...

05.13.2015
Shepherd legacy helps girls reach their full potential
Deed Shepherd died in 2005. Today she’s helping Kalamazoo area girls lead joyful, confident lives. ...

04.23.2015
Community Foundation named one of West Michigan's Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
For the second year in a row, the Community Foundation has been named one of West Michigan’s Best a...

04.13.2015
Engagement: Bringing community together
You attend Art Hop and concerts in the park. You volunteer at your kid’s school. You write an annua...

04.13.2015
A message from our President/CEO, Carrie Pickett-Erway
In a recent TED Talk, Angela Lee Duckworth, a psychologist, described “grit” as the most important ...

04.10.2015
KZCF: Then and now
A few things have changed since the Community Foundation was born in 1925.

04.08.2015
Engaging the next generation:
Jim Teeter and Laura Bell

Jim Teeter and Laura Bell are firmly planted in the Kalamazoo area’s next generation of leaders.

04.01.2015
Woodruff legacy helps students pay for the college of their choice
Edmond Woodruff died in 1981. Today he's helping Kalamazoo area students pay for college.

01.26.2015
Fourth quarter grant highlights
We awarded more than $4.4 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the fourth quarter of 2014...

01.13.2015
Kreager Scholarship now supports South Haven High School students
South Haven residents David and Kathy Kreager have expanded their family scholarship fund to inclu...

12.02.2014
Our new vision and strategic plan
A community where every person can reach full potential. In September, the Kalamazoo Community Fou...

12.02.2014
Amy Upjohn joins board of trustees
Amy Upjohn will join the board of trustees at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in January, replac...

12.02.2014
Our new vision and strategic plan
A community where every person can reach full potential. In September, the Kalamazoo Community Fou...

12.02.2014
Third Quarter Grant Highlights
Kalamazoo area students pursuing education beyond high school received 376 scholarships totaling $1...

12.02.2014
Connecting with community
Over the summer we hosted a series of focus groups to help us create our new vision and strategic pl...

11.07.2014
Food Resources
We envision a community where every person matters and where all people can reach full potential....

09.16.2014
Community Foundation to host author and food advocate Michael Pollan
At the 2014 Community Meeting, best-selling author and food advocate Michael Pollan will talk with ...

09.12.2014
It's good to be home
Our new space at the corner of East Michigan Avenue and Pitcher Street in downtown Kalamazoo is mor...

09.11.2014
StoryCorps: Every voice matters
In May 2013, a StoryCorps crew rolled into town for a special project at the invitation of the ...

09.11.2014
In Their Words: The Garside Family
The Garside family is entering a third generation of philanthropy with the Kalamazoo Community Found...

09.11.2014
A message from Finance & Administration VP Susan Springgate
A survey by the Council on Foundations ranked us second in the nation for investment performance amo...

07.29.2014
Community Foundation awards $4.1 million in grants in second quarter
The Community Foundation awarded more than $4.1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the ...

05.22.2014
Collective action for food security
Here’s the shocking truth. In Kalamazoo County more than 37,000 people are currently considered to ...

05.21.2014
First quarter grant highlights
Nonprofits received nearly $4.5 million in grants from the Community Foundation in the first quarter...

05.21.2014
A message from Community Investment VP Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh
I am honored to serve as the Community Foundation’s Vice President for Community Investment. Over ou...

05.20.2014
Hello, My Name Is...Joanna
Joanna Donnelly Dales joined the Community Foundation’s team in 2007 and has been our vice preside...

02.25.2014
A Message from Carrie Pickett-Erway
President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway shares some thoughts that touch at the center of who we are as an...

02.20.2014
Building Relationships
What began as an organization to celebrate local black heritage, the Southwest Michigan Black Heri...

02.20.2014
Helping Students Succeed
Kalamazoo Center for Youth and Community (KCYC) helps young people who live in poverty in Kalamazo...

02.20.2014
Hello, My Name Is...Kari
Kari Benjamin joined the Community Foundation last summer as a member of our Community Investment ...

02.19.2014
Community Foundation accepting proposals for grants from LGBT Equality Fund
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is inviting Kalamazoo County nonprofits to apply for a grant fr...

02.10.2014
Community Foundation introduces changes to grant application process
Over the past year we have used feedback from our grantees and research into national best practic...

01.21.2014
Drug Treatment Court Fund established
The Drug Treatment Court Foundation recently established an endowment fund at the Community Foundat...

01.16.2014
Board selects new officers, reappoints member
The Community Foundation's board of trustees recently selected Si Johnson as chairperson and Frank ...

12.13.2013
Honoring donor intent and legacy
It was front-page news. It was street-corner conversation: The 80-year-old will of the Kalamazoo C...

12.13.2013
Celebrating the generosity of spirit
Generosity –– our ability to offer the best of who we are and what we have for the benefit of one a...

12.13.2013
In His Words: Dick St. John
Dick St. John discusses why he and his wife, Jan, chose to create an Unrestricted Fund at the Comm...

12.12.2013
Hello, My name is...Katie
Katie Paauwe, our receptionist/office assistant, is the newest member of the Community Foundation te...

10.28.2013
Hello, My Name Is...Elena
Elena Mireles-Hill is a recent addition to our Community Investment team.

10.28.2013
Those Little Libraries
If you love learning and libraries, Kalamazoo County is a great place to live. In fact, it’s home t...

10.27.2013
Every Voice Matters
An update on an exciting collaboration with StoryCorps.

10.18.2013
Community Foundation awards third quarter grants
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $2.3 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the...

07.24.2013
Arcus Foundation donates Depot to Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The Arcus Foundation will gift its downtown Kalamazoo office building, known as the Arcus Depot, t...

07.23.2013
Community Foundation awards second quarter grants
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded more than $2.1 million in grants to nonprofit organizati...

07.12.2013
2013 Community Meeting
Register today for our 2013 Community Meeting, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20 at the ...

06.21.2013
Community Foundation to receive
$23 million

On June 20 the Kalamazoo County Probate Court ordered a resolution in a case involving the W.E. Up...

05.21.2013
Trustee Ronda Stryker receives YWCA Lifetime Achievement Award
Ronda Stryker, a member of the Community Foundation's board of trustees since 1997 and the immediat...

05.14.2013
Love Kzoo Mural Update
An update on one of the winning projects from last summer's Love Kzoo post-Community Meeting worksho...

05.13.2013
In His Words: KRESA Superintendent Ron Fuller
Ron Fuller will soon retire after 39 years in public education. Recently he shared his perspective o...

05.13.2013
The Dream Team: Changing lives one by one
A closer look at the scholarship program and people that help hundreds of students a year pursue the...

05.13.2013
Hello, My Name Is...Wes
Meet President's Office team member Wes Freeland.

04.11.2013
Community Foundation awards over
$4 million in grants

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $4.1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations in the ...

03.24.2013
On the journey: Lessons we've learned about diversity and inclusion
Two of our core values are Diversity and Inclusion and Excellence in All We Do. As a result of our ...

03.23.2013
Casting a lifeline to people in need
The Lifeline Initiative, a partnership of the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region a...

03.22.2013
We make our path by walking it: An update on The Learning Network's three action networks
The Community Foundation, along with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation , funds The Learning Network of ...

03.22.2013
Hello, my name is...Felix
Felix Brooks Jr., the community investment officer for The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo, i...

03.07.2013
‘Love Kzoo’ mural project making progress
Our 2012 Community Meeting last August was followed the next day by a workshop that resulted in t...

02.08.2013
The Learning Network launches website
The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo launched its website today at www.thelearningnetwork.or...

01.31.2013
President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway profiled in Encore magazine
Our President/CEO, Carrie Pickett-Erway, is profiled in the February issue of Encore magazine.

01.21.2013
Community Foundation announces new board appointments
James Escamilla has been appointed to the board of trustees of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. ...

01.11.2013
American Taxpayer Relief Act includes renewed opportunity for IRA rollovers to charity in 2013
The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, recently signed into law, includes a renewed opportunity ...

01.11.2013
Community Foundation announces scholarship recipients for 2012
A list of students who received scholarships from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for the first t...

01.08.2013
Community Foundation to host 2013 Financial Aid Night
Financing a post-high school education can be challenging and you probably have questions about the ...

12.14.2012
Community Foundation grants $719,000 to Kalamazoo nonprofits
The Community Foundation recently granted more than $719,000 to nine area nonprofits, linking the co...

12.14.2012
IN HER WORDS: Marian Starbuck
Marian Starbuck has been giving to the Community Foundation’s Spirit of Community Fund since 2001. ...

12.14.2012
Community Foundation launches effort to revitalize LGBT Equality Fund
The Community Foundation will be launching an effort to revitalize giving to and grantmaking from it...

12.14.2012
Hello, My Name Is...Carol
If anyone is passionate about helping Kalamazoo County students reach their educational dreams, it’...

12.04.2012
Students countywide benefit from ISAAC efforts funded by Community Foundation
A grant to ISAAC is helping to maintain smaller class sizes for many students throughout Kalama...

12.04.2012
LNGK Action Networks: Aspiration to action
Three Action Networks have now been established and are now working with the Backbone Team to devel...

11.07.2012
Community Foundation grants $787,000 to local nonprofits
The third round of Kalamazoo Community Foundation grants for 2012, approved recently by the Communi...

10.12.2012
Hello My Name Is...Jan
Meet our Finance/Human Resources Coordinator, Jan Winling, who joined the Community Foundation in 20...

10.12.2012
Learn More About The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo
Information about The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo's progress over the past year and next s...

10.11.2012
In His Words: Dan DeMent
Learn about the power of unrestricted gifts from donor Dan DeMent.

10.11.2012
Author Peter Kageyama inspires love of place at community meeting
At our 2012 Community Meeting on August 21, author Peter Kageyama inspired attendees to love where t...

09.18.2012
Spreading fresh food fairy dust
Hether Frayer has set out to prove that a sprinkling of fairy dust, at least when it comes to food, ...

09.18.2012
Getting an early start on a promise
The possibility of students missing out on the golden opportunity of The Kalamazoo Promise is what d...

09.18.2012
A bloomin' great time!
Even Master Gardeners and black-thumbed plant destroyers agree: Thanks to Kalamazoo in Bloom, May is...

09.04.2012
Community Foundation announces staff transitions
Two staff members at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation are beginning new duties in a move that str...

08.22.2012
Author Peter Kageyama presents keynote address at 2012 Community Meeting
Author Peter Kageyama presented the keynote address at the Community Foundation's 2012 Community Mee...

07.26.2012
Remembering civil rights pioneer Thelma McWilliams Glass
Civil rights pioneer Thelma McWilliams Glass, one of the organizers of the Montgomery, Ala. bus boyc...

07.13.2012
Community Foundation honors local attorney with Philanthropic Leadership Award
The Community Foundation recently honored Kalamazoo attorney C. Reid Hudgins III of Kreis, Enderle, ...

06.11.2012
In Their Words: Richard and Phyllis Westerman
Richard and Phyllis Westerman have many philanthropic interests and make careful, informed decisions...

06.11.2012
Relationships. Partnerships. Scholarships.
Chelsea was beginning to look like a dropout statistics, but that changed thanks to relationships, p...

06.11.2012
Hello, My Name Is...Valerie
If anyone knows what it takes to keep the Community Foundation firing on all cylinders, it's Communi...

05.23.2012
The Power of a Little Button
Tthe Bully Button was created to build awareness about the negative effects of bullying by using a ...

05.23.2012
Seed for the Kilns
When the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department had to eliminate its Senior Ceramics Pro...

05.23.2012
Educating Everybody
Humanities for Everybody is a program that offers free classes in art history, literature, philo...

05.23.2012
Finding Their Voices, Finding Themselves
Sometimes, writing poetry and being given the chance to speak their truth out loud can unlock the d...

04.27.2012
Creating a Circle of Giving
The Kalamazoo Giving Circle for women recently created to support local efforts that help local girl...

04.06.2012
Hello, My Name Is...Stephanie
The first person you'll probably meet when you visit the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is our recep...

04.05.2012
In Their Words: Pam and Bill Behrje
Pam and Bill Behrje are huge fans of the Portage District Library. In a recent conversation, they ta...

03.22.2012
Carrie Pickett-Erway Named President/CEO
Carrie PIckett-Erway will be the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's next President/CEO.

01.24.2012
A truly ultimate family reunion
Mothers of Hope holds its Ultimate Family Reunion on the first Saturday in August. It is an opportun...

01.10.2012
Community Foundation to host financial aid seminar for high school students
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation will host a financial aid seminar for high school students and th...

11.14.2011
November 12 through 18 is Community Foundation Week
This week the Kalamazoo Community Foundation joins more than 700 community foundations across the U....

11.04.2011
Remembering Art Hoekstra
Local community organizer and antiracism champion Art Hoekstra died on November 1, 2011.

09.15.2011
The results are in: Key findings from donor perception survey
Key findings from a donor perception survey conducted by the Center for Effective Philanthropy.

08.26.2011
Community Foundation releases 2010 annual report
Information about the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's 2010 Annual Report: I Am a Philanthropist.

08.25.2011
Don't Blame Me by Geoffrey Canada
Geoffrey Canada wrote this poem and read it at the Community Foundation's 2011 Community Meeting on ...

08.01.2011
Community Foundation honors local professional advisors
The Community Foundation recently honored four local professional advisors as the first members of ...

07.29.2011
Michigan Community Foundation Tax Credit to expire at end of 2011
The tax reform package passed by the Michigan legislature in May eliminates the Michigan Community ...

06.27.2011
Don Vander Kooy named Interim President/CEO
Don Vander Kooy will serve as Interim President/CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

06.14.2011
Community leaders announce community-wide education initiative
Kalamazoo community leaders came together to announce the creation of The Learning Network of Great...

05.25.2011
A message from President/CEO Juan Olivarez
A message from President/CEO Juan Olivarez about his new role at Aquinas College.

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