Undocumented Student
Guide to College

Every year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school. Additionally, Michigan is home to approximately 129,000 undocumented immigrants, including 13,000 DACA eligible individuals.

Many undocumented students believe that because they do not have legal immigration status, they cannot go to college. However, there are no laws that prohibit students from attending college based on immigration status.

"An Undocumented Student Guide To College In Michigan" is designed to help those students and their families by providing resources available for undocumented students interested in pursuing education after high school, regardless of citizenship status.

KZCF has a variety of scholarship funds to support students as they work toward their unique academic and career goals.
Conversations on Anti-Racism with
Dr. Beverly Tatum

Since our board of trustees committed to becoming an anti-racist institution in 2010, KZCF has continued to deepen our understanding of what anti-racism means to the work we do and how we do it. One of the ways we expand our learning is through our staff book club. This summer our board members and staff began reading "Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?: And Other Conversations on Race" by Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum. Tatum, a scholar, teacher and thought leader in the area of race relations, met with the KZCF team, board members, members of Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation and our Anti-Racism Transformation Team earlier this week to discuss the ideas around racism and anti-racism she presents in her book.

Dr. Tatum fielded a number of questions at the various convenings including a question about how to talk to children and grandchildren about race and identity at young ages. Watch Dr. Tatum’s perspective on this and more here in her TED Talk.

Policy Impacting SNAP Benefits

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Division proposed an amendment to Section 5(a) of the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008. If enacted, this policy will have an impact on individuals and families who receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits. 

This proposed amendment will remove the long standing policy that allows families who are receiving non-cash TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) benefits to automatically become eligible to receive food assistance through SNAP. This change has the potential to remove benefits for many of the 31,000 individuals in Kalamazoo County who received SNAP benefits through this process.

The USDA is accepting comments on this policy and we encourage you to have your voice heard during the public comment period!  Comments can be submitted until Sept. 23 at 5 p.m. using the button below.

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!
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

Request for Proposals for our Love Where You Live Environment Fund Grants

Disability Network Ableism Training
9:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Central Library - Van Deusen Room


Meet JacQuaye Payne!

JacQuaye joined KZCF just last month and serves as the Executive Assistant to the President/CEO. She provides executive support to the President/CEO, provides governance assistance to our Board and serves as a liaison to our senior leadership.

Before KZCF, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve had? 
I worked as an intern at MTV in New York City when I was a junior in college. I got to meet over two dozen celebrities, from Nick Cannon, to Jay Z and Raven-Symone to Chris Brown and Rihanna when they were teens just trying to break into the music industry. I also got to fill in as an extra on TV shows, music videos and commercials. #FunTimes

What did you always want to be growing up?
I was sickly growing up so I spent tons of years in and out of the doctor’s office/hospital. As a result, I wanted to become a pediatrician (then I went to college for pre-med, was bored out of my mind with all the math and science classes, so I quickly changed my major).

What is your hidden talent? 
I used to be a dancer and competed in national competitions while in college. I even joined a semi-pro dance team. I was already a working professional and a mom at this point, btw (sssh… don’t tell anyone).

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