The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has approved a three-year, $1.1 million grant to Kellogg Community College (KCC). The grant will provide resources to transfer the fiduciary, administrative, and service delivery responsibilities for Nonprofit Alliance from Battle Creek’s Willard Public Library to KCC. The move reflects an ongoing strategy the W.K. Kellogg Foundation has been undertaking to help local nonprofits strengthen their capacity to serve their constituents and sustain themselves.
“Kellogg Community College is an ideal partner for Nonprofit Alliance because it is an organization that has become a significant leadership development resource for Calhoun County,” said Donna Lartigue, program director for Greater Battle Creek programming at the Kellogg Foundation. “KCC is well-positioned to provide quality outreach education and organizational development services to local nonprofits, offering a range of related programs of study in programming and management.”
Nonprofit Alliance promotes nonprofit organizational development training to improve the effectiveness of nonprofits in Calhoun County. In September, the Kellogg Foundation approved a three-year, $1.5 million grant to support a partnership between the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Nonprofit Alliance to provide local nonprofits with organizational development services and training to strengthen organizational leadership and administrative efficiency. The Foundation also awarded Nonprofit Alliance a $600,000 grant to expand its ability to provide training and support to local nonprofit organizations.
“We’ve had a wonderful relationship with Willard Library over the past 10 years,” said Nonprofit Alliance executive director Teresa Durham. “Our partnership with Kellogg Community College provides us with a great opportunity to expand our services to support nonprofits serving our community.”
KCC will use grant funds to provide a wide range of organizational development services and resources that strengthen local nonprofit effectiveness such as organizational assessment tools, board governance development, fund development, leadership training, and marketing. Funds will also be used to explore and test new programs, including potential collaborative program expansion in Calhoun, Branch, and Barry Counties. KCC will provide office space and utilities.
“I am delighted that Kellogg Community College can partner with Nonprofit Alliance to provide assistance and support for area nonprofit organizations,” said Kellogg Community College president Dr. G. Edward Haring. “Building strong nonprofits contributes to building strong communities and providing leadership for strong communities is part of the mission of Kellogg Community College. This is a very exciting and promising venture."