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Carrie Pickett-Erway, President and CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation Carrie Pickett-Erway, President and CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation Photo courtesy of Robert Neumann Photography

2017 Outlook: Carrie Pickett-Erway, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

BY Sunday, December 25, 2016 05:46pm

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.”

"The connection between the economy and philanthropy’s impact in the community is on our minds year-round. And we know this weighs heavily on our partners, too — donors and nonprofits alike. On the donor side, ours is a very generous community and we are always looking for ways to increase the number of donors fueling this work, both large and small gifts. … The daunting gap between community needs in Kalamazoo County — both immediate and short-term needs — and the amount of available resources (worries me). Local philanthropy has a major role in addressing the underlying issues faced by our most vulnerable residents; it is that stewardship that drives our daily work. We’re always thinking of ways to help donors and nonprofits navigate these rough waters." - Carrie Pickett-Erway, President and CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation

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