Who We Are & What We Do

Binda Foundation - early childhood development

Our Mission

As an education foundation, the Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation seeks to improve the quality of life and promote equitable outcomes through strategic and impactful grantmaking in Battle Creek and Calhoun County.  

The Binda Foundation provides philanthropic support to nonprofit organizations headquartered in Calhoun County, Michigan, that serve Calhoun County residents and to those which, if headquartered elsewhere, have programming commitments that serve Calhoun County residents. 

With assets in excess of $20 million, the Foundation makes grants totaling approximately $1 million per year, benefiting the residents of Calhoun County.  Our three strategic areas for grantmaking are Education, Health & Human Services, and Arts and Culture.

The Binda Foundation's Values

The Binda Foundation is committed to showing up as an authentic and accessible partner with the community to make Calhoun County a better place to live, work, and play.  To achieve this, our core values guide the work of the Binda Foundation. We will demonstrate and exemplify these values every day, in every process, interaction, and decision.


We preserve the legacy of Guido A. and Elizabeth H. Binda by exemplifying humility, kindness, transparency, curiosity, authenticity, integrity, flexibility, and willingness to take risks in our approach.

Community Engagement

We are responsive to community-defined needs and partner with the community to leverage knowledge, resources, and opportunities for greater impact.


We are committed to making real differences in the lives of Battle Creek and Calhoun County residents.


We support projects that seek to combat and redress systemic inequities for vulnerable residents in Battle Creek and Calhoun County.

Our Funding Priorities

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