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Savor the Beauty of Northeast Michigan

Traveling along US 23 this time of year, the view of Lake Huron or the many inland lakes bordered with brilliantly colored wildflowers and emerald forests begs us to take some time to slow down and enjoy the beauty of Northeast Michigan. There are hundreds of festivals, parades and community events that celebrate our abundance of natural resources, rich heritage and love for all things outdoors.

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and our affiliate foundations--Iosco County Community Foundation, North Central Community Foundation and the Straits Area Community Foundation as well as our Youth Advisory Councils--are inspired and motivated by the thousands of volunteer hours local residents dedicate to making our communities such wonderful places to live, learn, work and play. The financial contributions of our generous donors make it possible for our Community Foundations to help fund community needs and provide volunteers and nonprofits with the tools to succeed.

As you stand along a parade route this summer, participate in a fishing tournament, listen to an outdoor concert or enjoy hundreds of other opportunities made possible by local volunteers and charitable contributions, take a moment to appreciate those who work tirelessly to make these family events possible. And hopefully you will think about how you can give back to your community as well. Savor these warm, sunny days and the many good-hearted people you meet in Northeast Michigan this summer while you can!  

Applying for Community Impact Grant Applications

Formerly called "Common Grants," the "Community Impact Grants" have been renamed to reflect their intended purpose for communities in Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties. The next deadline for submitting completed applications for Community Impact Grants (maximum award $3,000) or mini-grants (maximum award $500) is Monday, Nov. 2, 2015. Please help us get the word out to nonprofits who need grant support for projects that help serve the needs of their community. Review guidelines and download the application by clicking here. If you would like to talk to grant staff, call 989-354-6881 or toll-free, call 877-354-6881. You can also send questions by email to Program Director Julie Wiesen

Congratulations to 2015 Scholarship Recipients!

One-hundred-fifteen scholarships are being awarded to individuals living in northeast Michigan who are interested in pursuing a college education or trade. CFNEM currently has 49 active scholarship funds generously supported by donors from throughout the region. Over 100 donors, students and parents gathered at the Alpena Events Complex on Friday, June 19, 2015 for the 20th Annual Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. There are still some scholarship funds that have not reported their awards yet, but when all awards are determined, over $300,000 in scholarships will be granted this year. You can see the list of scholarship donors and respective funds as well as all the students who have been awarded scholarships to date here.

Twenty-Two New Funds to Benefit NE Michigan

By Barbara Frantz, CFNEM Executive Director

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work at the Community Foundation is to help those who want to give back to their community to do so in a way that best honors their intentions. Some of the most touching moments in my career have occurred spontaneously when a visitor just stopped by the office to chat about a family member who wanted to create a scholarship or community fund in memory of a loved one or a special mentor. Oftentimes, the money used to seed such funds is the result of years of hard work, living modestly and careful saving.

In some cases, it’s a lifelong passion for education, art and culture, animals or the outdoors that motivates a family or business to establish a fund. Or is may simply be the best way for a nonprofit to financially plan for the future, or for a community group to work toward funding a future goal.
Read More to See List of New Funds

Join CFNEM in Congratulating Our New Board Officers

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) is pleased to announce that four new officers have been approved by the board of directors to lead the Foundation for one year effective March 10, 2015. Thomas J. Sobeck of Rogers City is the new president; Sue Fitzpatrick of Ossineke is the new Vice President; Lora E. Greene of Alpena is the new Secretary; and Christine Baumgardner of Lincoln is the new Treasurer. Esther Hines Ableidinger of Alpena is the out-going president and will continue on the Executive Committee, which is comprised of the board officers, as immediate past-president.

“We are delighted to have excellent regional representation from northeast Michigan communities on our board as a whole, as well as serving on our Executive Committee,” said Barbara Frantz, CFNEM Executive Director. “Each of the new officers has several years of experience serving on the Community Foundation Board in addition to being very engaged in their respective communities and the region as a whole.” Read More

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

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. Read More

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. 

See how children are doing in your county: 
Alcona, AlpenaCheboyganCrawford, IoscoMontmorencyPresque IsleOgemawOscodaRural CountiesMid-Size CountiesStatewideFull 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 



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