Recognizing the persistent and growing challenges facing nonprofit organizations in Kalamazoo County, a task force of area foundation representatives and nonprofit leaders sought a centralized support center to assume a variety of capacity-building and technical assistance efforts. After much research and deliberation, the task force selected the Kalamazoo Public Library to house and operate the center because of its accessibility, strong infrastructure, neutrality, information-based mission, and reputation as a strong collaborative leader. ONEplace@kpl
(ONEplace) opened in March 2009 providing a full slate of online and print resources plus a complete schedule of webinars and workshops. Since its inception ONEplace has provided opportunities for nonprofit leadership to improve performance and achieve excellence throughout their organizations. All programs and services are offered at no cost to the participants, making this the most accessible and inclusive management support organization in the state.
Today, ONEplace serves as the education arm of the funding community. By addressing the professional development needs of existing nonprofit organizations and encouraging the creation of only the most promising new nonprofits, ONEplace encourages the wise, effective use of charitable dollars and serves as a catalyst for community success.
Area nonprofit organizations have a place to ask questions, access resources, and receive training. It’s their ONEplace.