About the Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation was established in 1925 with a gift of $1,000 from one couple, W.E. and Carrie ("Carol") 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.

KZCF 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.

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