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update / kalamazoo community foundation / spring 2016

Innovation & Collaboration collaboration


Helping local kids in crisis

High-quality pre-k for Northside and Douglas neighborhood kids

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grant highlights

22 grants in final round of 2015 [page six]

leave a legacy Ruth and Bob VanderRoest [page seven]

When I started writing this message it was a simple introduction of the stories in this newsletter. My main point was to be sure you knew your Community Foundation does more than just write checks. I wanted you to know we work hard every day — through innovative collaborations with donors and nonprofits — to transform Kalamazoo County into a place where every person can reach full potential. Then, February 20 happened and the senseless, violent acts of one person rocked our community — our region — to its core. Like so many, our reaction was How can we help? So we joined with the Battle Creek Community Foundation and United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region to create the Help Now! Fund, which is already providing direct financial support to the victims and their families and will soon provide funding to regional anti-violence efforts. You can learn about the Help Now! Fund at Our response to this tragedy reflects how your Community Foundation approaches all community challenges: We strive to support efforts that help our community now and those focused on creating long-term, transformative change. We have been able to serve as a convener of many local agencies providing support services to victims, families and the community. We’ve also been able to leverage state and federal resources in ways that expand our support for healing our community. We do all of this through partnerships. Carrie Pickett-Erway President/CEO

We have endowments that support immediate needs and efforts that identify and address their root causes. They also ensure we have resources on hand for future challenges we can’t even imagine today. We willingly serve as a resource to the greater Kalamazoo community during times of crisis. Thank you for being part of this work and for loving where you live.

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Collaboration helps kids in crisis The Kalamazoo Community

Says Gardiner, “Our human services

Foundation recently secured

and medical partners have needed this

a $250,000 grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to support Family & Children Services’ start-up of a program that will provide children and teens in the midst of a mental health crisis with immediate support and stabilization in a home-

This is a powerful example of collaboration toward a common goal, with creative alignment among state, community foundation and local nonprofit agency resources.

resource for many years. They encouraged Family & Children Services to step forward and create a local solution. Children and youths with more acute needs simply do better in a smaller, home-like setting that is child-centered and can provide psychiatric evaluation, nursing care, and an individualized program for stabilization. We are honored to build this resource

like setting. It also supports

with the community through their referrals

the agency’s Children’s

and create more options for children and

Trauma Treatment program

“This is a powerful example of

for children in foster care.

collaboration toward a common goal,

The primary goal of the initiative is for fewer long-term residential placements for children facing a mental health crisis. Funding also will enable Family & Children Services

with creative alignment among state, community foundation and local nonprofit agency resources,” says Carrie PickettErway, president/CEO, Kalamazoo Community Foundation. “Our community is fortunate to have Family & Children Services providing this type of care.”

to provide temporary,

According to Rosemary Gardiner,

overnight care — combined

CEO of Family & Children Services,

with psychiatric evaluation,

“Families whose child or teen is

nursing care and coordination

experiencing a mental health crisis will

of community-based

now have a continuum of care from

treatment planning — to

immediate crisis response to short-term

an eight-county region in

residential support focused on stabilization

two, six-bedroom facilities.

— close to home.”

families when they are struggling.” Crisis placements will be short term, with referrals accepted 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Children will have individual, family and group counseling using the evidence-based TARGET model, a curriculum focused on trauma regulation and positive behavioral supports. “Each child will have a comfortable, private room and structured groups and activities throughout the day,” says Gardiner. “During their stay, children will be able to play in an on-site gym and participate in music, art and adventure programs in our newly-renovated youth development buildling.”




One especially innovative component of the pre-k curriculum at New Genesis Learning Center is ABCDance, which teaches reading skills through movement and dance. You can learn more about ABCDance in our upcoming 2015 Annual Report.

Innovative program provides quality pre-k to Northside, Douglas families The challenge: Break the cycle

program that is now in its second year:

of intergenerational poverty —

the Northside Preschools program.

created largely by systemic racism

Certified as parent educators from the

— in Kalamazoo’s Northside and

National Parents as Teachers Program,

Douglas neighborhoods.

Grimes and Johnson meet with parents

The goal: Influence the

to teach them what they need to know

development of children so they

to help their young children succeed

are ready for kindergarten.

in school.

The method: Remove barriers,

The work being done by Johnson

like affordability and transportation,

and Grimes today emerged out of

to quality pre-kindergarten for

a question posed back in 2014.


How do you design a multi-year

Joda Grimes and Angela Johnson are breaking down barriers that get in the way of parents helping their youngsters prepare for kindergarten. They serve as part-time parent educators and family advocates in an innovative and dynamic



project to provide a free, high-quality, pre-kindergarten experience to three-year-olds — and make sure it improves their intellectual, social-emotional and physical development?


The Northside Preschools program is one of the strongest collective efforts we’ve witnessed in our community.

Our Community Investment Team Our Community Investment team works with nonprofits to help them maximize the impact of the programs they offer to help people in Kalamazoo County reach full potential.

Sandy Barry-Loken

David Feaster

Designing the experience Northside and Douglas neighborhood families originally helped to answer this question during a series of nine parent focus groups organized by the Northside Committee. Using feedback from those meetings, the Northside Preschools program was launched in September 2014.

Sholanna Lewis

Elena Mireles-Hill

Suprotik Stotz-Ghosh

expenses for Grimes and Johnson,

Preschools program is one of the

research and student assessments,

strongest collective efforts we’ve

parent engagement services, and

witnessed in the community. Its

recruitment and transportation

leaders know what stands in the

expenses. The preschools are also

way of children accessing a quality

benefiting from on-site teacher

pre-K experience and they’re working

mentoring and speech pathology

together to break down and remove

support provided by KC Ready 4s.

those barriers.”

Providing stability

Greene tells the story of a single

“In addition to early education,

father whose child was struggling when he started the program, but

Participating families encouraged

Northside Preschools are getting

committee members to locate these

families the help they need,” says

preschools in their neighborhoods

Jim Greene, a former chair of the

so transportation would not be an

Northside Committee who continues

issue. Northside Preschools are now

working on this project. According

located at the Jennings Development

to Greene, from the beginning of

Interplex, New Genesis Learning

the school year through the end of

Center at Christian Life Center and

2015, Northside Preschools made 89

Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Together,

referrals to other agencies to provide

they are serving 28 families that do

additional help to families. “There is

not qualify for free pre-kindergarten

more than just learning that goes into

In reflecting on her experience with

through Head Start and are not able

preparing a child for kindergarten,”

Northside Preschools, Joda Grimes

to afford high-quality pre-K on

says Greene. “We have families in

says, “We’re building relationships

their own.

the program who are homeless. You

with families. We let them know they

can imagine the impact that has on

have the support they need. What

learning. This program gives stability

we like are the connections,” she

to these children.”

notes. “No families feel left out.”

as well as classroom equipment

Says the Community Foundation’s

Says Angela Johnson, “We’re in

and supplies, the salaries and

Sandy Barry-Loken, “The Northside

this together!”

A 2015 grant of $279,000 from the Community Foundation for this program covers all tuition costs,

began to blossom and became truly engaged in the learning process. “We hope the joy these youngsters experience with their first year of school will carry them through each successive educational milestone,” he says. “A quality pre-K education is essential to success in school and life.”




Grantmaking highlights 22 GRANTS AWARDED IN FINAL GRANTMAKING ROUND OF 2015 We awarded 22 grants totaling nearly $1.1 million to

• Kalamazoo Center for Youth & Community

Kalamazoo County nonprofits in our final grantmaking

• Kalamazoo Drop-In Child Care Center

round of 2015. We make community investments in quality

• Kalamazoo Gay Lesbian Resource Center

programs we believe will make Kalamazoo County a place

• Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity

where every person can reach full potential.

• Local Initiatives Support Corporation • Mothers of Hope

Grants were provided to:

• Open Doors Kalamazoo

• Community Homeworks

• Parents 4 Public Schools

• Community Promise Federal Credit Union

• Portage Community Center

• Downtown Tomorrow Incorporated

• Prevention Works, Inc.

• Ecumenical Senior Center

• Schoolcraft Community Schools

• Food Bank of South Central Michigan

• SHARE (Society for History and Racial Equity)

• Hispanic American Council

• Wellspring/Cori Terry & Dancers

• Housing Resources Inc.

• YWCA of Kalamazoo

• Kalamazoo Book Arts Center

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Investment Performance FOURTH QUARTER 2015 Qtr 4


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Core Assets Moderate Growth Performance

Income and Growth Performance

Investment performance is net of manager fees and derived from core Kalamazoo Community Foundation assets allocated into its two investment strategies. Historic performance for each is then derived from linkages to prior quarterly returns. Performance reflects prior changes in asset allocations while benchmarks assume current allocations. The Moderate Growth Benchmark is a staged index composite benchmark that has the current composition of the Barclays US Aggregate Bond index (15 percent); Citibank WGBI Non-USD (10 percent); DJ US Select REIT index (2.5 percent); MSCI EAFE Small Cap index (10 percent); MSCI Emerging Markets Value index (10 percent); Russell 1000 Value index (5 percent); Russell 2000 Value index (10 percent); Russell Micro Cap index (5 percent); S&P 500 index (30 percent); and the NCREIF Fund Index ODCE (2.5 percent). The Income and Growth Benchmark consists of the S&P 500 index (50 percent) and the Barclays US Aggregate Bond index (50 percent).



Ruth and Bob VanderRoest

The VanderRoests died years ago TODAY THEY’RE HELPING KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS SEE THE WORLD Lynn VanderRoest — who has special needs — loves to travel and some of her favorite childhood memories are of going to camp. When her mom, Ruth, passed away in 1997, Lynn’s dad, Bob, could not think of a better way to honor her than to create a legacy that would help kids like Lynn benefit from the experiences that had brought the VanderRoest family so much joy. Today, the Robert D. and Ruth A. VanderRoest Fund for the Developmentally Disabled makes it possible for Kalamazoo area children with special needs to experience the joy of camping and travel, and create childhood memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

Our Team Zac Bauer 269.585.7236 / Coby Chalmers 269.585.7249 / Joanna Donnelly Dales 269.585.7260 / Ann Fergemann 269.585.7238 / Jeanne Grubb 269.585.7248 /

We can help you show your love for Kalamazoo and leave a legacy too. Call a member of our Donor Relations team or visit us online at to learn how.




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