Foundation for Excellence

Andy Robins / WMUK

The city of Kalamazoo’s coordinator for the new Foundation for Excellence says it’s “an experiment” in the best possible sense of the word.


WMUK

Kalamazoo’s Foundation for Excellence will hold its first meeting Friday. 

Protesters with Kalamazoo For Revolution stand outside city hall. The group says allowing donors to restrict funds to specific uses in the Foundation for Excellence favors the wealthy.
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

The City of Kalamazoo has approved what is to become a half a billion dollar endowment through the Foundation for Excellence. The money will be put towards city improvements as well as a property tax cut. 

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

The City Commission also heard an update on a program that seeks to reduce violence by reaching out to street gang members.

The Kalamazoo City Commission has set an important rule for the endowment it wants to create. Commissioners voted 5 to 2 last night to allow restricted gifts to its planned Foundation for Excellence. That means donors can give money for specific projects.

Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Kalamazoo City Commissioners have more work ahead of them as they near a final vote on a permanent endowment for the city. The groundbreaking plan would use private donations to fix the city’s finances.

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