FFE Board of Directors Accepting Applications through July 31

Published on July 01, 2024

Applications are now available for a volunteer position on the Foundation for Excellence (FFE) Board of Directors representing Affinity Organizations.

The Affinity Organizations Stakeholder must represent a nonprofit organization(s) whose mission or purpose is to advocate for and/or provide supportive services to local families and individuals. They must not be part of any other Stakeholder Groups represented on the Board (Arts, Business/Banking, Education, Faith-Based, Healthcare, Housing, Neighborhood).

The initial term for this position is September 23, 2024, through May 31, 2026, with the opportunity to renew for one additional three-year term of service.

Apply for the Affinity Director Position

PDF Application

FFE Board Directors are responsible for governing and stewarding the FFE organization and endowment so that it lasts forever to continue supporting the City of Kalamazoo in serving residents. Directors govern the Board’s operations and make recommendations to the City Commission to provide funding each year for aspirational projects and initiatives that realize the community vision established in the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan.

The board comprises 15 voting members and includes the City Manager and Mayor, two City Commissioners and an at-large resident of Kalamazoo, three representatives from any of the City’s officially recognized neighborhoods (prioritizing core neighborhoods), and representatives from each of the following sectors: housing, healthcare, faith-based organizations, education, business/banking, arts community, and affinity organizations. The At-Large City Director must be a registered voter of the City of Kalamazoo and therefore also a resident. A Stakeholder Director must be a resident of the City of Kalamazoo or an employee, officer, director, or executive of a Stakeholder business or entity in the City of Kalamazoo. No person may serve if they are disqualified as defined by the Code or its Regulations, could cause the Corporation to be determined a private foundation, or in default to the City of Kalamazoo.

Community members may complete the online application form at http://kalamazooffe.org/board or by using the PDF version available at www.kalamazooffe.org. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office on the second floor at City Hall. Please return paper applications to: Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence, 241 W. South St. Kalamazoo, MI 49007. Questions can be directed to Steve Brown at (269) 337-8000 or FFE@kalamazoocity.org.

Online applications are open from July 1, 2024, until 11:59 p.m. ET on July 31, 2024. The application takes about ten minutes to complete.

The FFE celebrates Kalamazoo’s diversity through fair treatment regardless of age, ancestry, citizenship, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender identity, genetic information, height, marital status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex/gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, and/or weight.

The Foundation for Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and philanthropy to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. Its mission 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. A current list of Board members can be found at www.kalamazooffe.org/board.

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