Kalamazoo's Tendaji Giving Circle Grows

Oct 8, 2019
Earlene McMichael / WMUK

Tendaji is a Swahili word which means: make things happen. But it is also the name of a giving circle made up of African American women in the Kalamazoo community.

Erik McCloud of Cloudy Productions / Southwest Michigan's Second Wave

Southwest Michigan’s Second Wave is now “On the Ground” in Battle Creek. Like their project in Kalamazoo, On the Ground Battle Creek seeks stories in neighborhoods. Starting with Washington Heights and now Urbandale.

Earlene McMichael | WMUK

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What's your image of a philanthropist? Is it someone who's wealthy? Is it a man or a woman? The findings of a new study might surprise you. It shows more women, people of color and the younger generation becoming donors, and they're doing so using giving circles. That's when people pool their money and give together.  The Greater Kalamazoo area is part of the upswing in women-led giving circles.

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Officials with the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region say they want to be seen as more than a fund raising organization. They want to be a leader in creating programs that have an impact.

Courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring

The CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring says every successful adult can think of someone who influenced them. Amy Kuchta says that’s why the organization is looking to add more mentors in Southwest Michigan.