This form is designed to be completed by individuals who would like to be considered for a position on the Board of Directors.
(If you are trying to nominate SOMEONE ELSE as a potential Board member,
please send them the link to this page and encourage them to complete the application)

The Foundation for Excellence
The Foundation for Excellence (FFE) is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the City. The FFE provides $70.3 million to stabilize the City's budget, lower the property tax rate, and invest $10 million in aspirational community projects per year in 2017, 2018 and 2019. During this period, a fundraising campaign will seek to raise $500 million to fully endow the FFE and sustain its work in perpetuity.

The FFE's financial model is being structured to do the most good with the most efficient use of resources possible. The FFE 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. These plans are built around the City's deep investment in broad community engagement and collaboration. Each reflects a pathway to improve life for all residents of Kalamazoo.

Applications for the Inaugural Board of Directors are currently being accepted until 11:59PM ET, November 1, 2017.

If you think you could be a valuable asset as a member of the Board of Directors for this exciting new endeavor, we invite you to continue on to the following pages to tell us more about yourself. This process should take about 10 minutes to complete.

We respect and promote the diversity that exists in our community through a policy of inclusiveness where all persons are treated fairly regardless of their differences or inclusion in any of the following classifications: 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.

Your information will not be sold or rented to anyone. Your information will not be shared, other than as necessary to complete the identification, selection, and nomination process as outlined in the Articles of Incorporation of the Foundation for Excellence. You will have a chance to specifically grant or deny permission to use your information for these purposes before you submit this form.

If you have questions about this form, please contact Sharon Brown at