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

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

A Call for Solidarity and Collective Action: Asian American Philanthropy Letter of Intention | AAPIP
Foundation: Gates Foundation, Blue Shield of California Foundation, Boston Foundation, California Community Foundation, Central Indiana Community Foundation, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, Essex County Community Foundation, Initiative Foundation, Jacobs Family Foundation, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Liberty Hill Foundation, Maine Community Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Marguerite Casey Foundation, Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Northwest Area Foundation, Omaha Community Foundation, Public Welfare Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rose Community Foundation, Sierra Health Foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Southwest Initiative Foundation, Stanislaus Community Foundation, Surdna Foundation, California Endowment, Chicago Community Trust, Cleveland Foundation, Columbus Foundation, Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, James Irvine Foundation, Kentucky Foundation for Women, Minneapolis Foundation, Missouri Foundation for Health, Nathan Cummings Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, San Diego Foundation, San Francisco Foundation, Vermont Community Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Washington Women's Foundation, Whatcom Community Foundation, William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund, William T. Grant Foundation, Yakima Valley Community Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Wallace Foundation, Open Society Foundations, California Wellness Foundation, Simons Foundation, Central Valley Community Foundation

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy. As Asian American philanthropic leaders, we are outraged and horrified by the racially...more

Key Kalamazoo constituencies sever ties with economic development group over Chatfield hire
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

One day earlier, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation pulled its support from the organization. "Southwest Michigan First's values and vision...more

Kalamazoo Community Foundation drops Southwest Michigan First membership as CEO backlash ...
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“We are proud to support the LGBTQ civil rights advocacy agenda,” Kalamazoo Community Foundation said in a statement. “Our vision of...more

Nonprofit offers 'gratitude bonus' to Kalamazoo-area preschool teachers working through pandemic
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

... for each educator, was made possible by recent funding from Kalamazoo Community Foundation's Community Urgent Relief Fund, the release...more

Kalamazoo Community Foundation awards grants to local nonprofits advancing equity
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Black Arts and Cultural Center | Annual operations of programs and support; Black Wall Street Kalamazoo | Black Business Incubator; Changes...more

Former Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell receives Guido Leadership Award
Foundation: Kalamazoo Community Foundation

... Committee, the Kalamazoo Community Foundation's Investment Committee, the Learning Network, and the Douglass Community...more

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