We currently invest in and collaborate with organizations and initiatives working towards the elimination of intergenerational poverty in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. We seek to partner with organizations and initiatives that:
Improve the economic security, social wellbeing and inclusion of marginalized community members.
Disrupt systems and structures that perpetuate generational poverty.
Basic Funding Eligibility Criteria
You may be eligible for funding if:
You are a legally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, or you have a confirmed fiscal sponsor that is a legally registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
You are a governmental agency or educational institution (school, college, university)
Your organization, program, or project primarily serves residents of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
You have a board policy in place that demonstrates your organization’s commitment to equal opportunity for all persons and is inclusive of race, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, and any other legally protected status. We expect this policy to cover staff, board, volunteers, and clients of your organization.
We provide funding for:
General operating support
Specific projects or programs
Collaborations or collective action efforts
Capital campaigns— A limited portion of our grant funds go towards capital campaigns. Funding requests are subject to additional levels of review.
We do NOT provide funding for:
Individuals looking for personal funding
Political or lobbying campaigns
Organizations that exist to influence legislation or voting
Each grant proposal process begins by submitting a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) through our online system. LOIs may be submitted at any time during the year.
Inquiries that align with the Foundation’s mission, funding priorities, and eligibility may be invited to submit a full proposal and/or additional organizational information.
Foundation staff and board members review proposals and complete the due diligence process. Funding decisions are made by the Board of Directors biannually (beginning in 2019).
The length of this process will vary depending on the request. We recommend submitting LOIs six months before funding is needed.
Proposal Review Considerations
We consider the following when reviewing proposals:
Alignment with the Foundation’s vision, mission, priorities and eligibility
Organizational leadership and vision
Resources and capacity to complete the proposed work
Strategy and approach that focus on addressing the root causes of issues
Clear intended goals, outcomes, and plans for evaluation
Commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in their organization and work
People served by a program or project are involved in shaping it
Engagement in collaborations and partnerships