Letter To Partners and Supporters

October 1, 2018


Dear friends of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo,

Wow! What a tremendous year we have had at the Club! We made significant improvements in programming (such as Managing & Supporting Member Behavior…moving from an exclusion policy focused on punishment and going towards a support program emphasizing member self-management coping skills and leadership development) and infrastructure (to include new security system for the Lake Street Unit, new phone system, upgraded to fiber optics, shifted to a web based IT data sharing platform, and much more), and marketing (i.e., launched a new web site, invested in a client relationship management  system, created bi-weekly newsletter, brought our organization into the social media world, enhanced internal and external club branding, etc…).

We also made some drastic budget system changes that allow us to itemize our expenses, which will help us as we work to maintain current funding and develop new opportunities. Itemizing our budget allows for more detailed accounts of how we allocate funds, and showcases the impact of each program, along with our Lake Street, Douglass, and Northeastern units, both individually and as a collective.

We made great strides towards better serving our community and enhancing programs that offer parents the ability to be engaged. You can see from the chart below, the impact the Club has on all people in the community—Serving 6,645 individuals in the Greater Kalamazoo area, including the 1,153 youth members that are in grades K-6th, another 1,208 teens, followed by 1,753 non-registered youth whom benefit from our services. The new number that we began tracking is adults served, which was the largest group at 2,531 adults.

Thanks for your partnership in making the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo a great place for youth to learn and grow!


Chris Harris-Wimsatt                               
Chief Executive Officer                         
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo

Kieran J. Fogarty
Board President
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo

What your support means to the Club

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo serves more than 3,000 youth annually, and is FREE for youth members. This free membership provides youth
the opportunity to be engaged in multiple programs, the ability to attend
one of three units, and the Club's Summer Camp.

Your support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo demonstrates your involvement in the efforts to help young people succeed through the work of the Boys & Girls Clubs
and the partners with whom they cooperate and collaborate.

  • $575 - Cost for a youth to attend the BGC for a full year

  • $300 - Send a youth to Summer Camp for a full session

  • $175 - Allows one teen to participate in all teen nights for a year

  • $125 - Provides five youths a meal every day for a month

  • $75 - Allows a youth to participate in Summer Brain Gain

  • $40 - Cost for a youth to participate in Power Hour for a full year

Your support makes a difference and changes lives.

Thank you for making the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kalamazoo THE positive place for kids!

Ways to Donate

Your donation allows us to make a positive difference for the young people of Greater Kalamazoo.  

You can donate by texting the amount you'd like to donate to: 269.281.5194

You can also use a credit/debit card or sign up for ACH/EFT donations
via our secure donation portal.

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