City of Kalamazoo is seeking applicants for Foundation for Excellence Board

The City of Kalamazoo is accepting applications for membership on the first Foundation for Excellence Board of Directors. Applications will be taken until 11:59 p.m. Nov. 1. The city says the form is very brief and should take about 10 minutes to complete.

The online application form can be found here and paper applications are available at Kalamazoo Public Library branch locations and in the City Manager’s Office on the second floor at City Hall.

Those who need a computer to access the online form will find one available at  the Kalamazoo Community Foundation located at 402 E. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49007.  Please call (269) 381-4416 in advance to schedule an appointment.

“It is our intention to foster a respectful board culture where every member contributes their unique voice and skills to the work ahead,” says City Manager Jim Ritsema.
Applicants will be asked their contact information, employment sector, skills and experience, and demographic information. 

Board responsibilities are addressed through policies, and in the bylaws and articles of incorporation. Their job is to "ensure the integrity of the Foundation for the good of the public and its financial contributors," the city says.

 Members will govern the Board’s operations and make recommendations to the City Commission in order to provide funding each year for aspirational projects and Shared Prosperity initiatives that are in keeping with the community vision established in the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan. 

The Foundation for Excellence is a unique oppotunity created by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation will provide $70.3 million to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and for $10 million of aspirational community projects per year through 2019. During this period, a fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.

Source: City of Kalamazoo
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