Co-Investment Opportunities For Donor Advisors

Co-Investment Opportunities For Donor Advisors (Fall 2018)

The following three co-investment opportunities highlight some recent funding requests from local nonprofit organizations.

Justice For Our Neighbors


Photo Courtesy of Justice For Our Neighbors

Justice for Our Neighbors (JFON) is a faith-driven ministry, welcoming immigrants into our communities by providing affordable, high-quality immigration legal services, education and advocacy through its full service program. These services are available to people of all races, religions, nationalities, gender identities, and sexual orientation, who are in financial need. Immigrants face many barriers to full participation in American economic and social life; the security that comes from settling legal issues empowers immigrants to be full participants in the community. With more secure status, clients can attend school, or volunteer at their children’s school; and they can begin to accumulate wealth. Without the fear of deportation, trauma is reduced and immigrants can live freely and fully. JFON helps makes this happen, easing the navigation of the U.S. immigration system. In the words of one client, JFON offers “hope, where before there was no hope.”

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes | Hunger-Free Community Coalition

Photo Courtesy of Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes

 The Hunger-Free Community Coalition was formed in 2013 as a collective impact approach to addressing food insecurity in Kalamazoo County. Since its inception, more than 30 organizations have participated in Coalition projects and work groups, including public schools, governmental agencies, healthcare providers, food providers, funders, and social service organizations. The Coalition aims to target hunger by optimizing local use of government food programs, addressing community access barriers to nutritious food, empowering residents to make healthy food choices, and aligning and strengthening private and charitable food programs. The efforts of the Coalition are carried out through work groups which focus on key areas of food insecurity such as childhood hunger, gaps in services for seniors, and hunger-related medical issues. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes serves as the backbone organization of the Coalition and assists with the coordination of Coalition activities. Members of the Coalition remain dedicated to collectively addressing hunger and its root causes.

WMU’s Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine | LGBTQ+ & Transgender Health

Photo Courtesy of WMU Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine

WMU’s Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) has a commitment to equity that is seen in a variety of ways. In 2017, WMed launched an initiative to address health disparities in the transgender community through educational intervention for medical students, resident and community practitioners. WMed’s curriculum for undergraduate and graduate medical education will provide training on treating transgender patients and embed awareness about transgender healthcare needs and disparities. The capstone of launching this initiative was last month’s WMed’s LGBTQ+ Health Equity Summit with an attendance of more than 200, many of whom were medical students, health care providers and educators. Presentations addressed issues facing not only the providers of healthcare, but the transgender population seeking care. KZCF provided funding for the initiative, and future gifts will help WMed implement this new curriculum and community outreach.

Note To Our Donor Advisors:
If you would like to support one or more of these projects through the Advised Fund you established at the Community Foundation, please make a grant suggestion using Kalamazoo Connect at or complete the grant suggestion form  and return it to us by email, USPS or fax. You also may email members of our Donor Relations team, who are available to provide you with more information about these and other community needs.

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