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Mission

To empower people through media to amplify creative expression, community dialogue, and cultural understanding.

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Matthew Schuster

Main address

359 S Kalamazoo Mall 3rd Floor

Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA

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EIN

38-2564383

NTEE code info

(Television) (A32)

Citizen Participation (W24)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Community Media

Provides access to media production resources and mentorship for disenfranchised voices to be authentically represented in media

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide operational funds and below market-rate fees to local nonprofit organizations to help them use video and media to communicate their message and increase their impact

Population(s) Served
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people
Artists and performers

Equip people with the skills to be critical media consumers and to create media with purpose. We offer hands-on training and mentor media producers, instruct high-school vocational and arts training classes, and internship programs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
LGBTQ people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    While we serve all residents of Kalamazoo County, much of our educational programming, training, and initiatives focus on amplifying voices of BIPOC, the houseless, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized communities.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Two changes stand out. Recognizing financial disparities caused us to offer typically fee-based educational programming with reduced or no-fee options; we also have started offering stipends for involvement by BIPOC and financially challenged individuals recognizing that volunteering comes from a place of privilege.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We are committed to creating programming OF, BY, and FOR our communities. Meaning, we create programming WITH (OF) community input and self-identified needs; broadcast and stream content designed and created BY our communities; and offer programming (FOR) specifically addressing expressed concerns and issues important to our communities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 09/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Reverend Ron Coleman

Emmanuel Church of God In Christ

Term: 2021 - 2023

Jerry Brown

Lawrence Productions

Clare Buszka

Treasurer, Oshtemo Township

Lisa Godfrey

Attorney at Law

Matthew Halloran

ProudMouth

Aubrey Rodgers

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Lisa Moaiery

Kalamazoo Township

Bret Padgett

Treasurer, Comstock Township

Grant Taylor

Deputy Director of Treasury & Revenue, City of Portage

Pat Taylor

Executive Director, Kalamazoo Eastside Neighborhood Association

Doug Fooy

City Commissioner, City of Parchment

Don Cooney

Associate Director–Walker Inst for Study of Race & Ethnic Relations

Sarah Joshi

City Manager, City of Galesburg

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/2/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.