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Contribute to a more loving community for all.

We are proud Michiganders who work, play, raise our families, and make our homes here. This is also where John Fetzer made his home and career and where we continue to carry on his legacy.

We have a long history of engagement in Southwest Michigan. As part of our commitment to this community, we collaborate locally to support personal growth and development; offer trainings and tools in support of a flourishing democracy; and present events to help us realize a more loving world, one that begins in our own community. Learn more about this initiative below.

Our Work in Southwest Michigan

StoryCorps founder Dave Isay at TED
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Fostering respectful civic engagement on campus and beyond

We Talk WMU raises awareness about free speech protections and promotes the value of respecting viewpoint diversity as part of the academic setting and learning environment.

On the Ground: Mural
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Telling the stories of our communities

On the Ground uses a neighborhood-based “embedded journalism” model to tell the stories of the people, businesses, and nonprofits that inhabit these spaces. 

Teacher with a group of 5 elementary-age students in library
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Supporting the inner lives of teachers

The Nancy M. and Douglas M. Yeager Family Foundation offers summer residencies for teachers (pre-k to fifth grade) to reflect, write, read, and plan for the following school year and beyond.

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