Displaying items tagged: Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Equity is a ‘core value’ for incoming Kalamazoo Community Foundation CEO
After serving for nearly a decade as the CEO of YWCA Kalamazoo, Grace Lubwama is leaving the organization in the coming months to take on a new role as president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Kalamazoo Co. housing millage supporting 481 new units in first year
An expanded countywide housing millage is already funding five multifamily developments in Kalamazoo County, where studies have identified a need for thousands of additional housing units.
$550 million gift to Western Michigan University a ‘catalyst’ for the community
KALAMAZOO — Representatives from Western Michigan University announced on Tuesday that the school has received the largest private gift ever bestowed on a public university.
Southwest Michigan First regroups after Chatfield resignation; questions remain over event center
KALAMAZOO — Former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s weeklong run as CEO of Southwest Michigan First spurred a wave of backlash from the community that has damaged the economic development organization’s reputation, officials say.
Kalamazoo Community Foundation drops Southwest Michigan First membership as CEO backlash continues
KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has dropped its membership with Southwest Michigan First effective immediately as backlash continues over the economic development organization’s hiring of former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield as its CEO.
West Michigan cities weigh policy changes to bolster affordable housing
West Michigan cities are examining new policies to expand affordable housing and create a supportive environment for developers as studies show an ongoing need for more units.
At the Intersection of Innovation and Community: Impact Investment Loans
On the corner of Portage Street and Lake Street in the Edison neighborhood of Kalamazoo, workers are putting the finishing touches on an attractive new multi-use building known as the Creamery. The building, which was partially funded with an innovative Impact Investment Loan program from the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF), will soon house affordable apartments for low- and middle-income people, a YWCA 24-hour childcare center and a small business accelerator.
Philanthropy steps up to help as crisis hits nonprofits hard
The announcement last month that five of the most influential U.S. charitable foundations would be substantially increasing their giving levels was met with gratitude by philanthropic leaders in Southwest Michigan.
Foundation joins national effort to identify workplace inclusion best practices
KALAMAZOO — Creating workplaces where equity is the norm rather than the exception forms the basis for the Coalition for Inclusive Communities initiative.
Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Carrie Pickett-Erway, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
The nonprofit sector must be focused on serving needs in their communities, even if that means taking big steps and thinking outside of the box, according to Carrie Pickett-Erway, the president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.
Embracing next gen ideals: Nonprofits, foundations change tactics to tap into younger donors, volunteers
Despite their strong ties to smartphones and virtual communication, Gen Xers and Millennials still crave face-to-face interaction, and the philanthropic sector is taking note.
Pioneering proposal: Kalamazoo becomes ‘laboratory’ for philanthropy-backed municipal finance
KALAMAZOO — About a year ago, William Johnston and Bill Parfet, two local businessmen with long-time connections to Southwest Michigan, approached the city of Kalamazoo with a potentially transformational proposal.
Gonzalez-Cortes brings extensive experience to new role at Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Martha Gonzalez-Cortes has leveraged an educational background in cultural anthropology into a career focused on helping people — often those from marginalized communities. A West Michigan native from Oceana County, Gonzalez-Cortes joined the Kalamazoo Community Foundation at midyear to serve as the organization’s vice president for community investment. With a 20-year career in public service, Gonzalez-Cortes most recently served as the community relations director for the Michigan Department of Civil Rights. Previously, she was CEO of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan and state director of the Office of Migrant Affairs during part of the Granholm administration. Gonzalez-Cortes spoke with MiBiz about her new role in Kalamazoo and her outlook for how she can help effect change through philanthropy in Southwest Michigan.
Legislature considers restoring charitable giving tax credits
Philanthropic leaders throughout Michigan are throwing their support behind state legislation to restore tax credits for taxpayers who make charitable donations to nonprofits.
2017 Outlook: Carrie Pickett-Erway, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
As the economy has recovered from the recession, philanthropic giving nationwide has slowly climbed to an all-time high, in 2015 reaching $373.25 billion, according to a report from the Giving USA Foundation. However, nonprofits rely on funding from other sources as well, and leaders like Carrie Pickett-Erway at Kalamazoo Community Foundation don’t know if those sources will remain secure in the coming year. “We know many of our partners are concerned about major changes they anticipate in state and federal funding,” she said. “Our endowed funds provide a stable source of funding, but would not be able to fill that gap.”
Kalamazoo’s ONEplace scales up nonprofit assistance programs
KALAMAZOO — Of the hundreds of nonprofits in the Kalamazoo area, most of them have tapped into the services offered by ONEplace at one time or another.
Experiences Matter: Nonprofits get creative with experiential community-building activities
Galas and golf outings may find themselves on the way out as nonprofits test the waters with more experiential activities to engage a larger audience.
Nonprofits move swiftly to help in wake of Kalamazoo mass shooting
KALAMAZOO — When a violent tragedy struck downtown Kalamazoo in late February, local nonprofits reacted swiftly to channel corporate and individual donations to the appropriate needs.
Local LGBT funds dedicate dollars to pressing issues of the community
Our LGBT Fund hit a milestone to close out 2015 when it announced its first grant of $20,000 to a collaborative program involving Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of West Michigan (The Network).