The Kalamazoo Community Foundation is going through a significant transition. After 23 years of service and 10 years as President/CEO, Carrie Pickett-Erway departed from the Community Foundation. We thank Carrie, KZCF's first woman CEO, for her commitment to equity and to Kalamazoo County.

Carrie worked collaboratively with staff and community to oversee a number of key successes during her tenure, including:

  • Relocating KZCF offices to current building for increased visibility and accessibility
  • Naming equity a community investment priority at KZCF
  • Hosting the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative at KZCF
  • Establishing an Anti-Racist Transformation Team for continued accountability to anti-oppressive policies and procedures at KZCF
  • Revising KZCF's mission and values to reflect commitment to racial equity
  • Growing assets from $342 million to $650 million from 2012 - 2022
  • Guiding KZCF operations through a global pandemic

We understand relationships are the driving force behind our work. These successes are wins we should all take pride in because they were done through the strength, ingenuity and passion of the collective.

The KZCF Board of Trustees and Leadership Team are committed to finding a CEO dedicated to advancing our mission and actualizing our values. We are excited for that leader to emerge through a strong, comprehensive CEO search.

What hasn't changed is KZCF being a solid organization with incredible talent and committed staff working collaboratively every day to realize our vision of Kalamazoo County as the most equitable place to live. The relationships we have with our partners will continue to move the work forward. The progress we’ve made can’t be undone. This organization has everything it needs to continue our mission.

We hope you are as excited as we are for what comes next.

KZCF Board of Trustees