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Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence

aka Foundation for Excellence (FFE)   |   Kalamazoo, MI   |  https://www.kalamazoocity.org/ffe

Mission

"The Mission of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence is to support the goals of the City of Kalamazoo, fund aspirational investments in the city, and empower Kalamazoo residents to achieve the lives they want for themselves and their families."

Ruling year info

2017

Board President

Angela Graham-Williams

Main address

241 W South St

Kalamazoo, MI 49007 USA

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EIN

82-2587771

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (W11)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Structural budget challenges have for many years impeded the City’s effort to make its vision a reality. The Foundation For Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation provides millions of dollars each year to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and invest in aspirational community projects. A community fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity. The Foundation’s financial model is being structured in such a way as to do the most good with the most efficient use of resources possible. The Foundation will work to establish strategic partnerships with organizations whose mission and work aligns with the goals and objectives of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan, the Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo plan, and the City of Kalamazoo.

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?

Addressing Generational Poverty

Develop and commit resources to address generational poverty, promote youth development and remove barriers to employment opportunities for youth, under-employed and unemployed individuals, and persons seeking re-entry to the Kalamazoo community.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Unemployed people
Ex-offenders
Economically disadvantaged people

Address capital and human infrastructure improvement and/or maintenance needs as identified by ongoing studies and by the City of Kalamazoo's designated Capital Improvement Program.

Population(s) Served

Develop and implement neighborhood improvement efforts and projects which reimagine and reinvest public spaces to attract and connect people.

Population(s) Served

To accomplish priorities established by the City Commission to set the course for the City of Kalamazoo's future direction, including to create long-term fiscal stability/sustainability, and provide budget stability to the City of Kalamazoo resulting from the City's reduction of the ad valorem tax rate on real and personal property located in the City and the loss or reduction in payments by the State to the City.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of youth receiving services (e.g., groups, skills and job training, etc.) with youths living in their community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Addressing Generational Poverty

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of youth who were able to participate in 2020 was greatly reduced due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. Includes: SuperRec, All Things Possible, MyCity YOU participants.

Number of housing units built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Capital and Human Infrastructure

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The number of households we were able to assist in 2020 was greatly reduced due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. 2018 includes a large project with 164 individual units.

Number of trees planted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Neighborhood Investments

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The focus of 2018 was on trimming trees within the City of Kalamazoo and has since shifted to planting as well as maintenance of those planted.

Number of microloan borrowers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Neighborhood Investments

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This program was greatly increased in 2020 in response to COVID-19 and has been permanently established. We anticipate it will continue to grow in 2021.

Number of businesses developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Capital and Human Infrastructure

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This program expanded greatly in 2020 in response to COVID-19 as the FFE sought to support businesses dealing with the impacts of the pandemic.

Number of employment placements defined as part-time (less than 35 hours per week)

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Addressing Generational Poverty

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of youth who were able to participate in 2020 was greatly reduced due to COVID-19 and social distancing requirements. Includes: SuperRec, All Things Possible, MyCity YOU participants.

Property tax reduction for residents of the City of Kalamazoo, measured annually in millions of dollars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Neighborhood Investments

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Measured in millions of dollars, these numbers represent the decrease in property taxes paid by City residents as a result of a reduction of taxes from 19 mils to 12 mils.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation for Excellence (FFE)supports the City of Kalamazoo in three main ways:

First, funding is provided to stabilize the City of Kalamazoo's budget.

Second, the FFE is utilized to lower the property tax rate in the City of Kalamazoo, thereby encouraging residential and commercial growth.

Third, the FFE funds aspirational projects, allowing the community (and employees) to respond creatively to needs in the community and to pilot new ways to respond to those needs. The aspirational funding must be in direct alignment with at least one Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 (strategic plan) goal as well as at least one of the five stated goals of the FFE: addressing generational poverty, promoting youth development, removing barriers to employment, developing capital and human infrastructure improvements, and/or supporting neighborhood improvements to attract and connect residents and the community.

The City of Kalamazoo guides and directs an annual budgeting process during which each City department is given the opportunity to present and propose aspirational projects. These projects must align with both an Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 goal and a Foundation for Excellence priority in order to be considered for FFE funding. Projects that meet several basic criteria are scored through an established metric and those which "pass" are moved on.

In the second phase of the project development, FFE staff work with City staff to ensure the projects have clearly aligned goals, outputs, outcomes, and a realistic budget. Fully developed projects are then included in the City's budget (the FFE segment is presented separately) and reviews/approved by both the FFE Board of Directors and the City Commission before implementation begins.

FFE staff meet with City staff throughout the year to provide support and assist with projects as needed, ensuring that data collection processes are established and that the project will be able to present results to the FFE Board of Directors, the City Commission, and, most importantly, the community.

The process is repeated each year in support of the City's goals, established with significant and ongoing feedback from the community.

The Foundation for Excellence exists to support the strategic goals of the City of Kalamazoo. The FFE is establishing a fully-funded endowment to be able to provide support each year toward these goals. Currently, the FFE can provide support for aspirations projects in the amount of $10M per year in addition to support to reduce property taxes and support the City budget.


To date, the Foundation for Excellence has provided significant support to each of the City's neighborhoods. This progress is updated each year on an easy-to-navigate impact map, which can be found at the website below. Impact is broken down into each of the 10 goals in the City of Kalamazoo Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 plan.

https://www.kalamazoocity.org/ffedashboard

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.
  • 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

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence

Board of directors
as of 01/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sandra Calderon-Huezo


Board co-chair

James Ritsema

City of Kalamazoo

Term: 2018 - 2026

David Anderson

Mayor, City of Kalamazoo

James K Ritsema

Kalamazoo City Manager

Hess Jeanne

Kalamazoo City Commission

Sandra Calderon-Huezo

Despierta Kalamazoo

Alisa Carrel

Gilmore Music Festival

Stephanie Hoffman

Kalamazoo City Commission

Barbara Miller

(Retired) Oakland-Winchell Neighborhood

Alice Taylor

(Retired) Northside Neighborhood

Von Washington Jr.

The Kalamazoo Promise

Rachel Lonberg

People's Church

Bobby J Hopewell

Former Mayor of Kalamazoo

Jeanne Hess

Kalamazoo City Commissioner

Ida Salas

Business Owner

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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? No
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/19/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data