First quarter grant highlights

Nonprofits received nearly $4.5 million in grants from the Community Foundation in the first quarter of 2014.

Responsive grants from Unrestricted Funds totaled $785,500, supporting our community investment priorities of Early Childhood Learning and School Readiness, Economic and Community Development, Individuals and Families, and Youth Development.

  • Ministry with Community $300,000
  • Fair Housing Center of Southwest Michigan $110,000
  • Hispanic American Council $91,000
  • Guardian Finance and Advocacy Services $75,000
  • Fair Food Matters $73,000
  • Communities in Schools of Kalamazoo $40,000
  • Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan $32,500
  • Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity $24,000
  • Residential Opportunities, Inc. $10,000
  • Council of Michigan Foundations $10,000
  • Building Blocks $10,000
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo $10,000

"Grantmaking to a wide variety of nonprofits as seen in this round of grants is one way we address systemic problems in our county," says President/CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway. "We also work with nonprofit leaders on a daily basis throughout the community to find solutions for deeply-rooted issues that create the symptoms of challenges ranging from homelessness and infant mortality to high school drop outs and unemployment."

Other grant distributions included:

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