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Announcing Name Change from "Common Grants" to "Community Impact Grants"

To better reflect the intentions of our grants that are awarded to community nonprofits throughout northeast Michigan, we are changing the grant name from "Common Grants" to "Community Impact Grants" effective immediately. The application guidelines and forms are the same with the exception of the name change. The intentions of our grant giving is to make an impact on our communities toward improving the quality of life in northeast Michigan. Now the name of the grant reflects this goal.

CFNEM's Strongest Growth in 40 Years Reflects Local Donors' Commitment to Community

by Barbara Frantz, CFNEM Executive Director 

I was delighted when I learned that the amount of income generated from the Community Foundation's invested endowment funds last year, 12.99% (as of Dec. 31, 2014), placed CFNEM third among 108 community foundation peers nationally. That speaks volumes about the wise stewardship of these funds by the community volunteers who serve on the foundation board and supporting committees. The survey was conducted by the Council on Foundations, a national nonprofit that provides accreditation and training for both community and private foundations.
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How are Kids Fairing in Northeast Michigan Counties? 

The Michigan League for Public Policy just released Kids Count in Michigan Data Book 2015 with fact sheets that summarize the findings for each county, as well as by rural areas, urban areas, mid-size counties and statewide. This data can be very helpful to those seeking funding to address needs of children in Northeast Michigan.

To see how children are doing in your county, check out the following links:
Alcona, AlpenaCheboygan, Crawford, IoscoMontmorencyPresque IsleOgemawOscodaRural CountiesMid-Size CountiesStatewide,
Full Report  

Give a Gift that Lasts Forever

By Barbara Frantz, CFNEM Executive Director 

All too often I hear people say, “the last thing I need is more stuff.” It’s always sweet to receive a box of chocolates or flowers on Valentine’s Day, but think what it would mean to that special someone if you paired it with a gift that truly lasts forever. In fact, a gift to an endowed charity does just that…and it’s easy!

Helping people make a lasting difference is what the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) is all about. Read more...


CFNEM Scholarship Application Now Online!











Attention high school students and adults who live in or have attended schools in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency or Presque Isle Counties and are interested in scholarships for college, you can now apply using CFNEM's new "Stars Online" application process.  

  • To learn what you need to complete the application process first, click here.
  • If you want to go directly to the Stars Online Application system, click here.

DEADLINE: For applications to be considered for scholarship awards this year, they must be submitted online by Wed., April 1, 2015.  


2014-2015 United Way of Northeast Michigan Campaign:
Make your gift online HERE!


2013 CFNEM Annual Report

The 2013 CFNEM Annual Report is now available.  Look inside to see 2013 grants and scholarships, a list of our donors and charitable funds, and see what our Youth Advisory Councils have done this year. You can also take a look at a brief summary of our 2013 report.

To view Annual Reports from previous years, click here.

You will need Adobe Reader© to view the Annual Report online.  If you do not already have it, you may download it for free at


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