Foundation awards $4.5M


The Kalamazoo Community Foundation, founded in 1925, started with $1,000 from one person and is now supported by thousands of philanthropists. It will soon occupy the former Arcus Foundation building in Kalamazoo. Courtesy Kalamazoo Community Foundation

A foundation left everything on the field in the fourth quarter.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation awarded more than $4.5 million in grants during its fourth quarter.

“The Community Foundation provides more than grants to the community,” said Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh, vice president of community investment at the foundation. “Our leadership in the community is fueled by a deep knowledge of community issues, and we work diligently with our partners — donors and nonprofits — to best serve the community’s short and long-term needs. This helps ensure that we are directing the right resources to the highest-priority needs.”

The foundation said today that its “responsive grants from unrestricted funds” totaled $1,109,396 in the quarter and supported its four community-investment priorities: early childhood learning and school readiness, economic and community development, programs benefiting individuals and families and youth development.

“While all of our funds add value countywide, our most strategic assets come from unrestricted gifts, which allow us to focus on the most critical community needs — now and into the future,” said Joanna Dales, vice president of donor relations at the foundation.

The Kalamazoo Community Foundation’s other grant distributions were broken up over three categories: advised funds, or donor-suggested grants, of $1,561,580; grants from field-of-interest funds, or donor focus on specific areas, of $937,122 and grants from funds for specific nonprofit agencies of $1,007,626.

Some 4Q responsive-need grants

Kalamazoo Center for Youth & Community: $161,783 for quality youth development and neighborhood collective impact

Local Initiatives Support Corporation: $150,000 for operational support

Kalamazoo RESA: $134,500 for the Great Start Plus program

Kalamazoo County Land Bank: $100,000 for the Riverview Launch program

Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services: $100,000 for the Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Service Homeownership Center

Ecumenical Senior Center: $77,000 for operational support

Eliminating Racism and Claiming/Celebrating Equality: $75,000 for leadership and governance development

Comstock Public Schools: $50,000 for renovation of the Comstock Community Auditorium

Big Brothers Big Sisters: $35,000 for operational support

Kalamazoo Public Library: $23,347 for Kalamazoo Public Library’s Anti-racism Transformational Team

Kalamazoo Civic Theatre: $10,000 for Academy of the Arts

Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center: $9,000 for the Homeless Youth Coalition pilot

Variety of other grants: $183,766

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