About ONEplace

Opportunities for Nonprofit Excellence Since 2009

At ONEplace, we believe that a strong nonprofit sector is critical to the success of any community.

ONEplace@kpl opened in March 2009 providing opportunities for nonprofit leadership to improve performance and achieve excellence throughout their organizations. Today, in partnership with the several area foundations, ONEplace@kpl serves as the education arm of the funding community.

By addressing the professional development needs of existing nonprofit organizations and encouraging the creation of sustainable new nonprofits, ONEplace@kpl encourages the wise, effective use of charitable dollars.

All ONEplace@kpl services, programs and resources are provided free of charge.

ONEplace Staff


Matthew Lechel, Director, ONEplace@kpl
(269) 553-7847 | Email

Matthew Lechel has over fifteen years of nonprofit experience. He received his Masters in Public Administration from Western Michigan University. Prior to joining ONEplace in 2016, Lechel served as the Executive Director of Kalamazoo Collective Housing.  


Ragan Savara, Associate, ONEplace@kpl
(269) 553-7899 | Email

Ragan joined ONEplace as an associate in March of 2018. Before joining ONEplace, she worked for Legal Aid of Western Michigan as a Staff Attorney.


ONEplace is a Catalyst of Community Success

Our Cause

A strong nonprofit sector is critical to the success of any community Nonprofit leaders interface with residents from all socio-economic strata as well as the business, faith and government communities. They also provide the human infrastructure required for thriving communities.

Our Purpose

To encourage and equip Resolute-Humble leaders. Resolute-Humble leaders take full responsibility and ownership of their role(s), seeking required resources and developing needed relationships. They listen and learn from others, and teach and share with others.

Our Strategies

Address the whole person.
We bring all of who we are to every situation.

Encourage personal integrity.
Aligning values and actions energizes one’s voice and agency.

Facilitate strong, collaborative connections.
Only together do we bring sufficient capacity to move the needle.

Major support provided by:

Irving S Gilmore Foundation
Kalamazoo Community Foundation
Kalamazoo Public Library

With additional support from:

Dorothy U. Dalton Foundation 
Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation
Marvin and Rosalie Okun Foundation

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