Foundation for Excellence

Imagine a vibrant, prosperous, and equitable city, where people want to live, work, and raise families. Imagine being a more beautiful and livable city each year, more innovative and connected. Imagine having more jobs and less poverty, and providing young people with the jump-starts they need in life.

The Mission of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence is to support the goals of the City of Kalamazoo, fund aspirational investments in the city, and empower Kalamazoo residents to achieve the lives they want for themselves and their families.

Structural budget challenges have for many years impeded the City’s effort to make its vision a reality. The Foundation For Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation will provide $70.3 million to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and for $10 million of aspirational community projects per year through 2019. During this period, a community fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.

Make a donation to the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence Foundation for Excellence Document Library

Please note that because the Foundation for Excellence is incorporated as a supporting organization to the City of Kalamazoo, IRA rollover contributions can be accepted but will not be tax deductible

The Foundation’s financial model is being structured in such a way as to do the most good with the most efficient use of resources possible. The Foundation will work to establish strategic partnerships with organizations whose mission and work aligns with the goals and objectives of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan, the Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo plan, and the City of Kalamazoo. These plans are built around the City’s deep investment in broad community involvement and collaboration. Each reflects a pathway to improve life for all residents of Kalamazoo. 

A 2016 survey of Kalamazoo residents revealed that 80% of respondents were supportive of the Foundation for Excellence proposal, with consistent support across all demographics. You can read about projects and programs that the FFE supports in the annual newsletter below.

Latest News

  • Approved Foundation for Excellence Policies and Descriptions

    The initial roster of draft policies and committee descriptions proposed by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation in the fall of 2017 in their role as governance facilitator was taken up by FFE Board members over the winter of 2018. The roster contained drafts for policies and committee descriptions that were either legally required for, or widely recognized as central to, the correct operation of a 501c3 non-profit, as well as policies that staff and the governance facilitator sought out to strengthen and further secure operations in perpetuity. Each document with the exception of the Freedom of Information Act policy and summary, which was produced by the City Read More
  • Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors to Meet on May 23

      The second annual meeting session of the Foundation for Excellence Board will be held on Wednesday, May 23, from 1 to 5pm, in room 1055 of The Fetzer Conference Center, 2251 Business Ct, Kalamazoo, MI 49008, on the campus of Western Michigan University. This is a public meeting. The meetings will discuss a wide range of materials including committee appointments, policies, and strategic alignment in 2019 and 2020.    Read More
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