Narrative Change &

Asset-based Language

At KZCF, we are continually evaluating how words and images we use can potentially perpetuate harmful or unproductive narratives. According to the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) framework, narrative change is examining how to create and distribute new, complex and complete stories about the world around us.

Utilizing asset-based language is one way to change the narrative about our community and how we approach meeting its needs. Research from the University of Memphis claims, "how you frame your community work matters because framing sets the tone for your relationship with your community partner. If you start from a place of negativity (e.g. what's missing, deficits, problems, needs), you reinforce a sense of inadequacy. If you start from a place of positivity (e.g., what's already working, assets, capacities, gifts), you reinforce a sense of optimism and possibility."

KZCF continues to deepen our journey around narrative change and we are looking forward to learning alongside you.

If your organization is addressing narrative change in any capacity, we'd love to hear what you've learned!

Training: Showing Us A Nation's Soul

Wednesday, June 26
 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library

Susan Reed and Evangelina Alvarez from the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center present Immigration Law and Immigrant Rights in Southwest Michigan: Showing Us a Nation's Soul, a workshop focused on the history and current status of immigration policy and practice. 

They will focus on the history of race-based exclusion from the United States, beginning with Chinese Exclusion, the National Origins Quota System, guestworker programs, and other early and modern immigration policies designed to reinforce white dominance. The workshop will include an in-depth look at how current immigration law and policy affect targeted communities in Southwest Michigan, with a special emphasis on farmworkers. We will explore the emerging "public charge" issue and other critical information about access to public benefits and programs, education and workplace rights for noncitizens. Register at no cost below.

2020 Census & Kalamazoo County


As a reminder, these deadlines are for requests of more than $25,000. KZCF reviews all other Letters of Inquiry once per month year round. Learn more here!
First Round
  • Funding decisions will be made the week of June 10, 2019
Second Round 2019
  • Letter of Inquiry Due Date  August 30 by 5 p.m.
  • Application Due Date  October 7 by 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be made the week of December 9, 2019
Immigration Law & Immigrant Rights in SW Michigan: Show Us a Nation's Soul
9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Public Library - Van Deusen Room

SHARE Healing Retreat
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Kalamazoo Nature Center - 7000 N. Westnedge Ave.
KZCF will be closed for external business on Friday afternoons Memorial Day through Labor Day. We place a high value on work-life balance and summer is arguably the best season in Michigan! Many community foundations as well as local nonprofits and businesses have summer hours as well. Looking forward to warmer days! 


Meet Breanne Stokes!

Breanne is a Receptionist/Office Assistant with KZCF and has been with us for nearly two years. She is responsible for receiving phone calls, welcoming our many guests and assisting with check and mail processing.
What books are by your bedside?
The books that I’m currently reading on my Kindle are: The Fullers Apprentice (a Fantasy novel), Colonization (Science Fiction, aliens), and Beautiful Days (Historical Fiction). I prefer fiction, especially fantasy, it’s fun to get lost in a good book!

Favorite Quote?
“You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” - Harvey Dent, The Dark Knight

What did you always want to be growing up?
A professional traveler with my own TV show. 

What’s one interesting fact about you?
I’m honestly a very silly nerd, who would love to spend most of my time playing video games or reading on a beach. 

To connect with Breanne and to get to know her more, please contact her at

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