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Board of Trustees Expansion
Kalamazoo Community Foundation is currently seeking to expand its Board of Trustees to include two ...

[Summer UPDATE] Scholarship Expert uses success to help students fund dreams
After graduating from Western Michigan University with dual degrees in Entrepreneurship and Global ...

[Summer UPDATE] Cover Story: Solidarity over charity
During the pandemic, it became increasingly urgent for the KZCF Community Investment to find soluti...

[Summer UPDATE] Investing in values
The KZCF SRI portfolio is designed with a holistic approach to sustainable and responsible investin...

[Summer UPDATE] A tribute to Jim Strehlow
Jim Strehlow's life work reflected his passion for teaching and nurturing young minds.

Kalamazoo Community Foundation welcomes new team member
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) has welcomed Chaney Bear to the Finance and Administration te...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation invests in a more equitable community
Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $2.6 million in grants to 32 nonprofit programs in Kalamazoo...

KZCF welcomes new team member, celebrates promotions
Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently welcomed Stacey Charron-Milnikel to the Donor Relations tea...

Partners in Philanthropy: Urban Folk Art Exploratory
The Urban Folk Art Exploratory believes the people must create for themselves because, regardless of...

Partners in Philanthropy: Helen L. Fox Gospel Music Center
This program creates access to music education in a world where budgets often fall short. 

Co-Investment Opportunities for Donor Advised Funds
The following three co-investment opportunities highlight some recent funding requests from local no...

Recommitment to Transformation & Justice
Violence against communities of color are a reflection of how broken our criminal justice system is ...

[SPRING UPDATE] New investments make positive impact
In the first quarter of 2021, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation Impact Investment Committee approv...

[SPRING UPDATE] How We Heal Kalamazoo County
It's been five years since the first National Day of Racial Healing (NDORH) celebration in Kalamazo...

[SPRING UPDATE] Scholar Profile: Following where opportunity leads
In 2020, Leonel was the first student to earn the  Jerry A. and M. Christine Walker Scholarship ,...

[SPRING UPDATE] Donors create new funds at KZCF
KZCF donors established six new funds since the Winter issue of UPDATE

[SPRING UPDATE] Youth Advisory Council Member Spotlight: Fayyaz Razi
Fayyaz is a student at Portage Central High School and Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Cente...

Statement on ending membership with Southwest Michigan First
We have ended our membership investment with Southwest Michigan First effective immediately. 

Kalamazoo Community Foundation welcomes new Grants Coordinator
Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently hired  Lina Mwema  as Finance Coordinator in Grantmaking....

Kalamazoo Community Foundation approves Impact Investment Loans to local organizations
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) Impact Investment Committee has approved loans to Black Wall ...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation welcomes new Development Officer, Finance Manager
Kalamazoo Community Foundation recently welcomed Sharayl Moore to its team of Donor Relations Office...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation awards grants to local nonprofits advancing equity
Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded $1.85 million in grants to 50 nonprofit programs throughout K...

Local National Day of Racial Healing events celebrate resistance
This year's National Day of Racial Healing celebration will include a variety of virtual events and ...

[Winter UPDATE] TRHT collaborates with community for housing equity
Community members who have faced barriers to housing in Kalamazoo now have expanded protections on t...

[Winter UPDATE] Pandemic puts spotlight on equity in education
While some households have the means to provide the necessary supports like regular meals, technolog...

[Winter UPDATE] COVID-19 calls for philanthropy to redefine "urgency"
Although it has been a breath of fresh air to watch institutions mobilize quickly and do the right t...

[Winter UPDATE] YAC member spotlight: Gabriella Barry
KZCF is honored to work alongside and learn from youth leaders, like Gabriella Barry, throughout Ka...

Project connects community to therapists of color to heal racial trauma
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo (TRHT) is partnering with Rootead Enrichment Center...

Relief Grants Distributed During Phase II of Crisis Funding
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) and United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWB...

KZCF, UWBCKR Reactivate Crisis Funds
Our community and nation continue to experience the growing devastation of COVID-19 and racial injus...

TRHT Kalamazoo spotlights resilience and resistance in upcoming Black Empowerment Week
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo is hosting a Black Empowerment Week from No...

TRHT/KZCF Joint Statement on the 2020 Election
A divisive election season during dual pandemics of racism and COVID-19 calls for special attention ...

TRHT Kalamazoo pushes to expand anti-racism training in Michigan police academies
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo is pushing for police academies across Mi...

New team members join Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently expanded its workforce with two new team members.

KZCF invests in community visionaries with Impact Investment Loans
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) is inviting area organizations and businesses seeking to expa...

New housing protections pass with support from TRHT Kalamazoo and ISAAC
Revisions to local housing ordinances passed at the September 8 meeting of the City Commission of K...

KZCF Statement: Support for TRHT Kalamazoo's Statement on Community Healing
Every individual and family in Kalamazoo County deserve to live in a community free of racism, w...

TRHT Kalamazoo: Healing For Community Safety
This weekend our community witnessed a hate group - waving American Flags and Trump 2020 signs, hold...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation welcomes new Community Investment Officer
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently welcomed Jennifer Heymoss as a new Community Investme...

TRHT Kalamazoo, ISAAC encourage community support for new housing ordinances
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo and Interfaith Strategy for Advocacy and Act...

Summer UPDATE: Collective power of community coming together
In the midst of uncertainty, one thing was clear, the residents of Kalamazoo County were ready to he...

Summer UPDATE: H.O.P.E. during the pandemic
Emergency grants could not solve every challenge, but the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Communit...

Summer UPDATE: Supporting community during a crisis
In partnership with United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR), KZCF was able to d...

2020 First round grants support equity in Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently awarded $3.1 million in grants to 75 nonprofit progra...

KZCF Statement: Justice for Cornelius Frederick
Cornelius Frederick, a 16-year-old Black child, lost his life after being restrained at Lakeside Ac...

New project tells more inclusive history of Kalamazoo
Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo will begin hosting events and gathering st...

Checking in with Howard Kalleward
It's been 33 years since Howard Kalleward retired as executive director of KZCF, but the Wyndham ...

Digital Access for All Partnership to provide internet access to 1,000 KPS households
A new partnership in Kalamazoo will provide Wi-Fi routers with unlimited Internet service to 1,000 h...

TRHT Kalamazoo: A Call to Action for Our Community
Recent demonstrations occurring throughout Kalamazoo as well as nationally and internationally tell...

Joint Crisis Relief Funding To Conclude June 12
After 11 weeks of emergency grant distribution to address the local impact of the Coronavirus, the K...

[2019 ANNUAL REPORT] Innovations in Grantmaking: Moving Beyond Money
Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Community Investment team is making a shift toward centering trust ...

[2019 ANNUAL REPORT] Co-Investing: Connecting donors with community
Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s co-investment program is customized for donor advisors who are inte...

[2019 ANNUAL REPORT] Scholarship: Expanding the definition of excellence
In 2019, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) Scholarship team explored how to remove barriers ...

[2019 ANNUAL REPORT] TRHT Kalamazoo: Transformation now & for future generations
The community and infrastructure surrounding TRHT are not the only things that have grown. TRHT cont...

[2019 ANNUAL REPORT] Socially Responsible Investing: Aligning investments and values
In 2019, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) established a Socially Responsible Investment (SR...

KZCF stands in solidarity with communities of color
Recent acts of violence against communities of color, especially Black/African Americans, show the...

Michigan Launches Child Care Relief Fund
On April 29, the Michigan Department of Education launched the Child Care Relief Fund program. The ...

Spring UPDATE: An arts community for everyone
Artists are in a unique position of being story-tellers in our community. The stories – and the peo...

Spring UPDATE: Youth reflection on racial healing
TRHT debuted Truth Talk, a series of intimate conversations with community members that center trut...

Spring UPDATE: Creative options for more meaningful giving
For 20 years, the Westerman Family Fund supported numerous nonprofit organizations with a typical...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Meets Match Challenge for Crisis Relief
In less than one week, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) met a $15,000 match challenge initi...

CARES Act: Impact on charitable giving and nonprofits
The $2 trillion stimulus bill called Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was s...

Relief Grants Distributed To Nonprofits From Crisis Funds
As of June 10, more than $2.5 million had been raised in joint funds and $2,391,016 has been distri...

Local Family Matches Gifts To Raise $30,000 For Community Foundation's Relief Efforts
The Richard G. Tomlinson Family Fund has initiated a match challenge to help the Kalamazoo Community...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation hires new Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Elena Mireles-Hill has been selected to be the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) at ...

KZCF welcomes new team members, announces promotions
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently welcomed four new staff members and announced three p...

Ordinance Proposal Seeks to Address Structural Racism & Inequities in Housing
The Kalamazoo City Commission will meet for a Work Session on Monday, February 24 to discuss propose...

National Day of Racial Healing celebration Jan. 21 in Kalamazoo
For the fourth year, Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo is celebrating National...

KZCF Grant Awards Invest in Equity and Education in Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently awarded $2 million in grants to 35 nonprofit program...

National Day of Racial Healing 2020
For the fourth consecutive year, people throughout Kalamazoo County are recognizing National Day of...

2020 KZCF Scholarship Deadline
KZCF has over 60 scholarship funds with a variety of eligibility criteria. Awards range from $500 to...

The Philanthropic Conversation
How donors and their advisors -- financial planners, trust and estate officers and attorneys and tax...

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo growing funds to continue work in community
A recent grant from the Stryker Johnston Foundation is helping Truth, Racial Healing & Transformatio...

Unrestricted Funds Address Greatest Needs
At Edwards, "People Matter." That's one of their core values, but when they say people, it's not jus...

Course Brings Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation to WMU Students
The goal of the course was to offer students an opportunity to explore the national TRHT movement. T...

A New Preschool on the Horizon
In the fall of 2018, El Concilio (formerly the Hispanic American Council) felt a responsibility to a...

Black Refractions Coming to Kalamazoo
For the first time in its history, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) is temporarily removing its...

KZCF Grants Support Equity and Education in Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently awarded $2.3 million in grants to 57 nonprofit prog...

KZCF Selected for Coalition for Inclusive Communities
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) is one of five community foundations nationwide recently selec...

2018 Annual Report: Racial Equity
Kalamazoo Community Foundation strives for a community in which identities such as race and ethnici...

2018 Annual Report: Removing Barriers
Advancing equity throughout Kalamazoo County is how Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president for Comm...

2018 Annual Report: Scholarship Impact
Clifford Pulley III always had a passion for traveling and that's what landed him his first job out...

2018 Annual Report: Connecting Resources
Kalamazoo Community Foundation continues its work connecting resources throughout Kalamazoo County,...

2018 Annual Report: Financial Equity
Kalamazoo Community Foundation is moving into a new generation of impact investing, incorporating l...

KZCF Wins Best & Brightest Award
KZCF is proud to be named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies for the 6th co...

Co-Investment Opportunities for Donor Advised Funds
These co-investment opportunities highlight some recent funding requests from local nonprofit organi...

Partners In Philanthropy: Healthy House for Women
This community resource works to protect and empower vulnerable women in our community.

Partners In Philanthropy: El Concilio
El Concilio is developing strong partnerships with other organizations and community members.

What Professional Advisors Should Know
Whether you have been talking to your Professional Advisor (PA) about charitable gifts for years or ...

Harnessing the Power of Women for 25 Years
The tipping point almost came the night Angie Franklin’s young son ran downstairs to ask what the gu...

Racial Healing with Local Police Cadets
Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo hosted A Cultural Awareness Experience pr...

Donors Create New Funds
KZCF donors established eight new funds since the December 2018. These include Unrestricted Funds, A...

5th Annual Find Your Cause
When you picture a philanthropist, what do you see? We hope you see yourself because philanthropy is...

Meet Our New Trustees
In January 2019, Kalamazoo Community Foundation officially welcomed Sydney Parfet and Von Washington...

KZCF Vice President Joins Election Modernization Advisory Committee
Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, vice president for Community Investment at the Kalamazoo Community Foundatio...

KZCF Scholarship Application Deadline is March 1
The deadline is March 1 to apply for Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) scholarships available ...

National Day of Racial Healing Event Postponed Due to Inclement Weather
KALAMAZOO – Tonight’s National Day of Racial Healing event, scheduled to be held at the Girl Scout...

KZCF Grants Support Equity and Education in Kalamazoo County
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) awarded $1.3 million in grants to 41 nonprofit programs in the...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Board Selects New Leadership
The Honorable Carolyn Williams and Mary Harper will become the chairperson and vice-chairperson resp...

S.T.R.E.E.T wins Voting For A Cause
This year, Kalamazoo Community Foundation held its first-ever Voting For A Cause activity to highlig...

Donors create new funds at KZCF
KZCF donors established 14 new funds since the summer issue of Update. These include Unrestricted Fu...

Youth reflection: Community Meeting
TRHT Youth Leader Destiné Price shares her experience at this year’s Kalamazoo Community Foundation’...

Tackling housing inequity in Kalamazoo County
Fair and affordable housing is a critical issue that impacts the most vulnerable in Kalamazoo County...

Engaged giving through Donor Advised Funds
Donor Advised Funds (DAF) are a convenient, flexible 
tool for individuals, families, businesses or ...

Recent Grants Impact Equity
KZCF recently checked in with several nonprofits who received grants from the Love Where You Live (L...

Co-Investment Opportunities For Donor Advisors
The following three co-investment opportunities highlight some recent funding requests from local no...

Partners In Philanthropy: Housing - The Intersection Of Family Life
Housing Resources, Inc. (HRI) believes that every child deserves a home. Unfortunately, 1,622 ch...

Partners In Philanthropy: Eastside Youth Strong
Since Eastside Youth Strong (EYS) began in 2011, focused on Kalamazoo’s Eastside neighborhoods, the ...

KZCF Appoints Two New Trustees
Sydney E. Parfet and Von Washington, Jr., will join the board of trustees at the Kalamazoo Communi...

Voting For A Cause Final Five
Congratulations to our final five nonprofits in the Voting For A Cause and thank you to the communi...

TRHT Hosts Great Stories Book Series with Local Agencies
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Kalamazoo in partnership with Kalamazoo Public Library...

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Hires Two New Employees
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) recently hired two new staffers, Kururama Sánchez and Jordan ...

KZCF Seeks Volunteers for Impact Investment Committee
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) is seeking volunteers to serve on its new Impact Investment ...

Elena Mireles-Hill Joins NGen Líderes Program
Elena Mireles-Hill, community investment officer at Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF), is a me...

Nikole Hannah-Jones to Speak at KZCF's Community Meeting
Nikole Hannah-Jones, staff writer for The New York Times, will speak at this year’s Kalamazoo Commun...

Kalamazoo's Flood Relief Efforts
Every individual in Kalamazoo has the right to provide a decent livelihood for their families, which...

Innovative Reporting on Edison
On the Ground Edison is a project of Southwest Michigan's Second Wave focusing on untold stories of ...

Donors Create New Funds at KZCF
Kalamazoo Community Foundation donors established 16 new funds since the beginning of 2018. These in...

A Committee Known for Results
Sandi Doctor was always aware of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s Financial Investment Committee...

KZCF Increases Long-Term Impact with Round-One Investments
Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF) awarded $2.2 million in grants to 48 Kalamazoo County nonpro...

Out Proud Safe Helps Homeless Youth
Forty percent of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Kalamazoo County mirrors that national av...

Annual Report Highlight: Investing In Our Community
The Grandmother and CIG Endowment Fund, a designated fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, was...

Annual Report Highlight: Making Dreams Come True
As KZCF scholarship recipient Matt Carl was growing up, he always wanted to help others. “My dad tau...

Annual Report Highlight: Joining In Collective Giving
Kalamazoo holds a special place in all of our hearts. It’s where we live, work and play, and have th...

Annual Report Highlight: Creating Greater Equity Through TRHT
Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based proce...

Annual Report Highlight: Amplifying Voices
In 2017, KZCF expanded its public policy efforts on issues related to equity and education in Kalama...

Greg Jennings Fund Established at KZCF
Super Bowl-winning FOX Sports Broadcaster Greg Jennings and his wife Nicole Jennings have launched...

Applications Due May 15 for Women's Education Coalition Grants
Applications for grants through the Women’s Education Coalition (WEC) Fund at Kalamazoo Community ...

Co-Investment Opportunities for Donor Advisors
The following three co-investment opportunities highlight some recent funding requests from local no...

Partners In Philanthropy: Cradle Kalamazoo
Cradle Kalamazoo believes that every child deserves a first birthday. Unfortunately the reality in ...

Partners In Philanthropy: Orchestra Rouh
Orchestra Rouh, the newest of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra’s education initiatives, is celebrati...

Generous Donors Lift Flood Relief Fund; Assistance Efforts Underway
Individuals, Businesses and Foundations Raise More Than $229,000 Donors across the...

KZCF Recipient Of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest Companies 2018
Kalamazoo Community Foundation is proud to be named one of West Michigan's 101 Best and Brightest C...

Kalamazoo Receives National Innovation Grant for Equity in Housing
Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) is directing a national innovation grant to the City of...

Connecting The Community With Volunteer Opportunities April 18
Kalamazoo Community Foundation, in partnership with Gryphon Place Volunteer Services, is hosting it...

Fund Established To Support Local Flood Relief
A new fund established by local charitable organizations will support flood relief ...

March 1 Deadline for KZCF Scholarships
March 1 Deadline for KZCF Scholarships The deadline is March 1 to apply for Kalamazoo Community Fo...

Sarah Lee is new director, Marketing Communications
Sarah Lee is the new director of Marketing Communications at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. She...

National Day of Racial Healing
National Day of Racial Healing in Kalamazoo County Kalamazoo Community Foundation is amon...

KZCF Takes Top Honors in Financial Performance
Kalamazoo Community Foundation is No. 1. That’s according to a national ranking of community fou...

Unrestricted Dollars Provide Flexibility
As a community foundation, we have two kinds of resources available to address community needs: res...

Making Life Better in Portage
Chris Buckley has two stories he likes to tell when sharing his passion for the Portage Community...

The Women's Education Coalition
UPDATE recently sat down for a chat with the Community Foundation’s Ann Fergemann and Nancy Timmons...

A community legacy of women helping women
Sue Creager, a nurse who served on the WEC Advisory Committee for several years, first heard about ...

2017 scholarship update
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded more than $1 million in scholarships to 350 area student...

TRHT enterprise comes to Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo is among four Michigan locations that will begin hosting the nationwide Truth, Racial Hea...

Community Foundation shares final evaluation of Learning Network
The final evaluation report for The Learning Network of Greater Kalamazoo is now complete and is b...

A tribute to philanthropy: The W.E. Upjohn Society
The W.E. Upjohn Society of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is a special way of paying tribute to...

Learning Network brings work to end
After six years of serving as a county-wide education collaborative for pre-kindergarten through ad...

Martha Gonzalez-Cortes is new vice president, Community Investment
Martha Gonzalez-Cortes recently joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation as vice president of our ...

K College President Jorge Gonzalez joins board of trustees
Kalamazoo College President Jorge Gonzalez recently joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's boa...

Leave a Legacy: Mary Spradling
Mary Spradling died in 2009. Today she’s teaching people about the history, experiences and contri...

Three Kalamazoo grocery stores to offer Double Up Food Bucks
Thanks to the  Kalamazoo County Hunger-Free Community Coalition , of which the Kalamazoo Communi...

Everyone needs to read
Rob Smith believes in walking the walk when it comes to being an example for his children.

Braganini family helps kids "be nice"
Thanks to the Braganini family,  be nice.®  is coming to Kalamazoo and Van Buren counties.

Leave a Legacy: Duane Roberts
Duane Roberts died in 1989. Today he's fighting for social justice in our community and beyond.

Hello, my name is...
Meet the newest members of our Donor Relations team.

Kick off summer at Find Your Cause
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation and Volunteer Kalamazoo, a program of Gryphon Place, are invitin...

KZCF wins national and regional awards
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation was recently awarded two regional and two national awards.

Jack and Charlene Sauer: Focus on your goal
Jack and Charlene Sauer were both raised with the expectation that they would go on to college.

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

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...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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 ...

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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...

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 ...

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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...

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

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

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...

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

Community Foundation awards over
$4 million in grants

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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...

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

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

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

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...

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, ...

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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...

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

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

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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