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Kalamazoo Community Foundation

In 1925, with a gift of $1,000 in his hand and a vision of a better community in his heart, Dr. W. E. Upjohn helped to establish the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. From that first seed, the Community Foundation's assets have grown to approximately $295 million, enabling it to help people achieve their philanthropic goals, and to play a key role in addressing community needs, now and in the future.

Founded on the simple idea that it is its responsibility to look after one another, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation is nurtured and sustained by the people of the greater Kalamazoo area. Individuals, families, businesses and organizations have established 800 charitable funds at the Community Foundation.

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Recent News from Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation celebrates "Giving Tuesday" - WWMT
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Kalamazoo Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday Celebration encouraged party goers to donated to the "Love Where You Live"...more

Black & Brown Connect Mixer welcomes professionals and leaders | WWMT
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

Event partners include Stryker, Southwest Michigan First Chamber, the cities of Kalamazoo and Portage, Kalamazoo Community...more

Search underway for new CEO and President of Kalamazoo Community Foundation | WKZO
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Considered one of the most successful community foundations in the country, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation grants funds to nonprofits....more

After police sweep, people experiencing homelessness set up tents in nearby parking lot - mlive.com
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

A Kalamazoo Community Foundation spokesperson confirmed that unhoused community members are in the organization's office lot...more

Retired president to helm Grand Rapids Community College during replacement search - mlive.com
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

He was the president of CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation after his time at GRCC and was president at Aquinas College from 2011 to...more

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra One Of 20 US Orchestras To Receive Catalyst Fund Incubator Grant
Foundation: Gilmore Foundation, Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

This year's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the League of American Orchestras. This grant program is made possible by a $2.1 million leadership grant from The...more

$12.4M grant aimed at expanding early education to Kalamazoo's underserved children - mlive.com
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

The program's expansion to Kalamazoo is in part thanks to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, which provided the initial funding to allow ELNC...more

Kalamazoo spends $1.1 million in COVID relief funds for nonprofit projects to address ... - MLive.com
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

In collaboration with city staff, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation and United Way will leverage shared knowledge, assess alignment with stimulus...more

$550 million gift to Western Michigan University a 'catalyst' for the community
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

As a member of WMed's board, Kalamazoo Community Foundation President and CEO Carrie Pickett-Erway said that the medical school...more

As stimulus flows, Kalamazoo already has experience spending millions
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation, established nearly 100 years ago, was consulted as the Foundation for Excellence board created...more

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