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50th Anniversary Regional Celebration: Kalamazoo

Event Details


Wednesday, Apr 26, 2023
11:30 am - 9 pm EDT


Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center


Full Registration: $40
Daytime Only: $0
Evening Only: $40


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About the Event

Join Michigan philanthropy and nonprofit leaders and sector partners for in-person networking, idea sharing and collaborative conversations during a special series of regional convenings taking place around the state. While enjoying time to connect and network with peers, we’ll also hear from national thought leaders who will share key insights on data, trends, outlooks and opportunities for our sector and the communities we serve. 

These gatherings, hosted as part of CMF’s year-long 50th Anniversary celebration, will be grounded in our ongoing collective equity journey, celebrating our storied history and looking to the future together.  

Please note that on Thursday, April 27, CMF will host the first-ever convening of the Michigan Impact Investing Hub, open to all foundations, nonprofits, advisors, fund managers and other partners in the impact investing ecosystem and serving Michigan communities. Click HERE to learn more or register for the April 27 impact investing program.

Featured Session at the Kalamazoo Gathering
Join Michigan's charitable sector leaders for lunch and a timely discussion on the current needs of our communities and nonprofits and new opportunities on the horizon. This State of the Sector dialogue will feature Kyle Caldwell of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Kelley Kuhn of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Ginna Holmes of the Michigan Community Service Commission and the newly named CEO of the Michigan Association United Ways, Hassan Hammoud.

During this Kalamazoo stop on the regional anniversary event tour, we’ll explore what these leaders are seeing and hearing from their networks across the state, and the equity implications rooted in those issues. They'll look ahead at struggles and solutions to support Michigan’s short- and long-term future. There will be ample time for Q&A and dedicated open conversation space among attendees to dialogue on what your organization is seeing, share what you need to support your work and network with peers in the field. 

Following lunch and programming, attendees are invited to stay for a cocktail reception followed by an additional programming opportunity served over dinner. Details on the evening program coming soon!


Please be advised of event health and safety procedures as we continue to prioritize the well-being of members, staff, partners and communities. The following are key highlights of those procedures:

  • A COVID-19 test with negative results is required within 48 hours of the gathering.
  • A signed waiver will be required for each registered attendee prior to the event. (Extra copies will be available on site.)
  • All attendees will be invited to wear one of three color-coded lanyards to indicate to other attendees their personal comfort with in-person interaction: red (greet from six feet), yellow (elbows only), green (high-fives permitted).

Please review the full COVID-19 Procedures here before registering.

Hotel Information

Please see information below for a discounted room block rate at the Radisson Plaza Hotel at Kalamazoo Center, where all event activities on April 26 and April 27 will take place. 

Hotel rooms are available for the night of April 26 at $160 or $180 for a King Suite plus $10 for parking, and any applicable taxes and fees per night. Reservations can be made by calling (269) 343-3333 (during regular business hours) and letting the representative know you are with the CMF 50th Anniversary event, or they can be made online here by following these directions:

  • Select dates of stay: Must be within the group block dates of 4/26 - 4/27/2023
  • Under "Special Rates" select: Promotional Code
  • Enter "Promotional Code": COMF
  • Click: Check Availability
  • Complete reservation

Rooms must be booked by April 4 to receive this guaranteed rate; rates after this date may be honored based on room availability. Cancelled reservations will receive a full refund if done before 4pm one day prior to the date of arrival.

Additional 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Save the date to be a part of these additional 50th Anniversary milestone moments! 

3/20/23 Midland
5/18/23 Gaylord
6/28/23 Detroit
9/06/23 Marquette

Kyle is standing outside smiling wearing a suit with a blue shirt.

Kyle Caldwell

President & CEO

Kyle Caldwell began his tenure as president and CEO of CMF on November 1, 2018, bringing more than 25 years of government, and nonprofit and philanthropic sector experience. He has also been a supporter of CMF as a volunteer for many years and was formerly a member and co-chair of CMF's Government Relations Public Policy Committee. Prior to his appointment with CMF, Kyle, a Michigan native, was executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, one of the country’s leading academic centers for philanthropy.

Hassan Hammoud

Hassan Hammoud


Virgina Holmes

Virginia Holmes

Executive Director

Ginna Holmes was appointed the executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission in June 2013. In this role, Ms. Holmes oversees the day-to-day operations for the MCSC, one of the nation's leading state service commissions-- administering more than $21 million in state, federal, and private funds to support local national service and volunteer efforts.

Kelley Kuhn

Kelley Kuhn

President and CEO

Kelley Kuhn lives and breathes the business of nonprofits. She’s in the most perfect job in the world to help the nonprofits on the ground make lives and communities better – Kuhn is the president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). It wasn’t always numbers and meetings though. Kelley fell in love with the power of change nonprofits can create, when she was in college, and volunteered as a coach for Special Olympics Unified Sports. After that, an internship in Jackson County sealed the deal. Nonprofits need safety nets too, and Kelley aims to be the fuel that helps keep all nonprofit programs moving forward here in the great state of Michigan. When she’s not advocating for Michigan’s nonprofits and diversity, equity and inclusivity, she spends time with her family in Saline, and loves hanging out with her pup, Jackson.

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