Whether you're a transplant to the city, or a born and bred Kalamazooan, there's one thing that is undeniable about the people here; Kalamazoo is a city that cares. We care about our children having a shot at college regardless of income. We care about our neighbors having enough to eat. We support local businesses and help our artists succeed. With such big shoulders in this city, it's no wonder that an organization like the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition came together. Formed in 2017, KNAC’s mission includes "alleviating poverty, eliminating discrimination and celebrating the arts; it partners exclusively with organizations that recognize and value the inherent worth and dignity of every person, foster awareness, demonstrate sensitivity, understand and respect all of its members and encourage individuals to strive to meet their own potential," according to their mission statement.

Fancy words, right? But what does it mean for Kalamazoo? It means that there is an organization in town determined to help the little-engines-that-could get what they need to succeed, while at the same time ensuring our old-faithful organizations don't fade away. They help once thriving institutions stay in their historic buildings by pairing them with new ones that otherwise could not afford to be downtown. Located in the historic First Baptist Church, KNAC has already helped dozens of people and organizations including Crawlspace Eviction, God's Kitchen,and All Ears Theatre. To get involved or for more information, email knac1853.info@gmail.com

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