New Youth Advisory Council!

Kalamazoo Community Foundation is forming a Youth Advisory Council, aka the YAC, empowering youth to inform and lead grantmaking and other philanthropic activities to advance equity in Kalamazoo County. 

Empowering young leaders is crucial to the well-being of our community. For 30 years, the Youth United Way (YUW) partnership between United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region and KZCF has ensured youth have a voice, opportunities to grow, and direct impact in Kalamazoo County. 

The Youth Advisory Council at KZCF will be managed by our new team member, Garrett Sander. Learn more about Garrett below and stay tuned for more information about the YAC!

2020 Grantmaking Deadlines

KZCF Community Investment team has announced the 2020 grantmaking deadlines. 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.

First Round 2020
  • Letter of Inquiry Due: Monday, February 24 by 5 p.m. 
  • Application Due: Friday, April 7 by 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be made the week of June 8, 2020
Second Round 2020
  • Letter of Inquiry Due: Monday, August 31 by 5 p.m.
  • Application Due: Tuesday, October 6 by 5 p.m.
  • Funding decisions will be made the week of December 14, 2020
JANUARY 21, 2020
SAVE THE DATE | National Day of Racial Healing
Girl Scouts Building
5:30 p.m.
What We're Reading

Our staff book club is ending the year reading Decolonizing Wealth by Edgar Villanueva.

Decolonizing Wealth is a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance. Villanueva, an award-winning philanthropy executive, draws from the traditions from the Native way to prescribe the medicine for restoring balance and healing our divides.

Other Stuff We're Reading:


Meet Garret Sander!

Garrett joined the KZCF team earlier this month as our Youth Advisory Council Manager – a new position at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Garrett is working to build KZCF’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) and to support the youth through their annual grantmaking process and overall leadership development.

What are you most excited about in the year ahead relevant to your work and/or at KZCF?
What excites me most about my work at KZCF is the relationships I’ll be able to build with high school students in Kalamazoo County. As a former YAC member, I remember learning so much about student leadership, accountability, and collective ownership over my community through this program. I hope to help students foster their own sense of these ideas, as well as to motivate their engagement in addressing issues they see in their communities through a framework of equity and social justice. 

What do you love about where you live?
What I love most about where I live is that people love where they live. In the Vine Neighborhood, people are intentional about getting to know their neighbors, supporting local businesses, and investing their time and effort into their community. There seems to be a strong sense of pride for our neighborhood, and everyone is welcome to contribute these efforts.

What books are by your bedside?
  • Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris
  • Cultural Resistance Reader by Stephen Ducombe
  • Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis

To connect with Garrett and get to know him more, please contact him at
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