Kalamazoo Community Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants

Philanthropy News Digest | January 05, 2019

Kalamazoo Community Foundation Awards $1.3 Million in Grants
The Kalamazoo Community Foundation in Michigan has announced grants totaling $1.3 million to forty-one nonprofit organizations in Kalamazoo County. The foundation awarded grants in a number of focus areas, including health care, arts and culture, and housing. Grant recipients include AACORN Farm, in support of a skill-building program; Ecumenical Senior Center, to expand its services for Kalamazoo's most underserved senior citizens; Gryphon Place, in support of its Empowering Latina Leaders Advocates for Success program; and the WMU Homer Stryker School of Medicine, in support of an educational program that addresses health disparities in the LGBTQ+ population, with a focus on the transgender population.

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5 Nonprofit Myths The Nonprofit Roundtable .Somewhere along the line, donors and nonprofits alike developed the idea that if nonprofits starved themselves enough of overhead costs and funneled every cent possible into programs, this would determine the effectiveness and dedication of said nonprofit. This idea has led to countless misguided crusades against beneficial organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, who were criticized over their overhead costs. Transparency metrics help root out fraud and abuse, it is important for donors not to get hung up on overhead alone and neither should your nonprofit. Nonprofit accountability sites like Charity Navigator do wonderful work keeping these organizations honest.

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5 Nonprofit Myths The Nonprofit Roundtable .Somewhere along the line, donors and nonprofits alike developed the idea that if nonprofits starved themselves enough of overhead costs and funneled every cent possible into programs, this would determine the effectiveness and dedication of said nonprofit. This idea has led to countless misguided crusades against beneficial organizations, such as the Wounded Warrior Project, who were criticized over their overhead costs. Transparency metrics help root out fraud and abuse, it is important for donors not to get hung up on overhead alone and neither should your nonprofit. Nonprofit accountability sites like Charity Navigator do wonderful work keeping these organizations honest.

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Classy | October 14, 2021

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