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Civic Minded Community Leader: Bob Carpenter

Fortunate to grow up in a neighborhood where people took care of each other, his sense of caring and doing for others has stayed with him throughout his life. 

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Joy of Giving: Nancy & Nate Stempky

"You don't realize how happy doing selfless things for others can make you feel until you get involved. It warms your heart." Nate Stempky,Youth Trustee & Advisory Council Member.

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Passion for Philanthropy: Nancy & Tom Huck

Setting up a foundation to award nursing scholarships in honor of Nancy's mother, Helen Laidlaw Beauchamp, inspired them to help set up the Iosco County Community Foundation.

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Investing in Our Future!

Great time to apply for a Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Grant. Next deadline for grant applications is April 15.

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Executive Director’s Blog

Telling Our Stories Focus of New Website

By Barbara Frantz (September 04, 2015)

I have found the best way to help people understand how philanthropy works is through the stories of our donors, grantees and scholarship recipients. These inspiring stories motivate me and those with whom I share them to strive harder every day to make a difference for the people of Northeast Michigan.

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Savor 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.

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GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Grant applications to the Northeast Women's Giving Circle fund are due July 1st. If you have a project or program that you believe is of interest to women in northeast Michigan, you can request up to $2,000. A total of $16,000 is available from the Women's Giving Circle fund for this upcoming grant cycle. To learn more, visit http://www.cfnem.org/grants/womens-giving-circle-grants/ More →

Monday, May 23, 2016

WOW! This is big! Congratulations to the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena's Youth Volunteer Program for being awards the statewide Michigan Community in Action Volunteer Agency of the Year Award! How cool is that?!?! More →

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Thank you Steve Fletcher for the wonderful editorial in The Alpena News today about philanthropy in Northeast Michigan. "All told we are blessed with around $50 million of gifts to the community made by hundreds of charitable people living and dead...It's not just about kids, nor the college, nor medical care. It's about a wide spectrum of giving made possible by individuals sharing some of their life long earnings to others." More →

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Fantastic time last night with over 50 dynamic S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) educators and champions with U.S. Senator Gary Peters. Northeast Michigan is fortunate to have so many outstanding teachers, natural resources and opportunities for students to have hands-on learning experiences to prepare them for the careers of today and tomorrow. It helps to be surrounded by one of the world's largest bodies of freshwater, a living laboratory and source of inspiration! More →

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Community Foundation is proud to work with the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative providing opportunities for teachers and students to experience place-based education while learning how to be good stewards of our forests, lakes, rivers and streams, and the creatures they support. Check out today's article in The Alpena News about Rogers City Middle School 7th graders helping the Michigan Natural Features Inventory map and monitor vernal ponds at the Herman Vogler Conservation Area. More →

Thursday, April 21, 2016

New NASA image of the Great Lakes shows "there was not a lot of ice cover on the Great Lakes this winter and evidence of significant turbidity and possible early algal growth in the lakes." Check out the full image here: https://lance.modaps.eosdis.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/imagery/single.cgi?image=crefl2_143.A2016106182000-2016106182500.250m.jpg More →

Thursday, April 21, 2016

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan learned of the loss of a dear friend and supporter this weekend, Janet Pfeiffenberger. She and her beloved husband, Lucas, were very forward thinking in their generosity to the community of Alpena. (Lucas was a former trustee and executive director of the Community Foundation.) Together they established scholarships and endowments to ensure their charitable support for the community would last forever. More →

Monday, March 21, 2016

Very proud of the Alpena Wildcats FIRST Robotics Teams 5505 and 5230 for how well they performed this weekend in the FIRST STRONGHOLD challenge at the Escanaba District competition. The amount of after-school hours and hard work these students dedicate to this competition is amazing! Team 5505 won the Entrepreneurship Award and Team 5230 won the Industrial Safety Award! More →

Monday, March 21, 2016

Shout out to those interested in college scholarships--the deadline for submitting an online application is quickly approaching! Applications must be completed and submitted no later than April 1 to qualify for scholarship awards in 2016! More →

Friday, March 18, 2016

Wishing our Wildcat Robotics teams a big victory in Escanaba. Follow them online here: https://www.twitch.tv/firstinmichigan2 Here are the times for today's Qualification matches: V2 Team 5505: Q14 - 12:37 am; Q17 - 2:01 pm; Q26 - 3:07 pm; Q34 - 4:09 pm; Q38 - 4:37 pm; Q43 5:15 pm; and Q50 - 6:07 pm. The Resistance Team 5230: Q9 - 11:59 am; Q17 2:01 pm; Q 2:01 pm; Q30 3:38 pm; Q38 - 4:37 pm: Q45 - 5:39 pm; Q48 - 5:53 pm. *All times listed are according to the full schedule and results at: http://frc-events.firstinspires.org/2016/MIESC/qualifications More →

Friday, March 18, 2016

May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane, May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain. May the hand of a friend always be near you, And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRvvpgbT7D8 More →

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Community Foundation Executive Director Barb Frantz had the honor of presenting a check for $1,500 on behalf of the Wayne Lee Memorial Foundation to Alpena Mayor Matt Waligora and Rotary President Jerry Tracey to help with the development of a Splash Park. The check presentation took place at the 63rd Annual Rotary Auction last night, Rotary's biggest fundraiser of the year. Auction proceeds also will help support the development of the Splash Park. More →

Friday, March 11, 2016

Fantastic Good Morning Alpena Chamber breakfast this morning at the Alpena Senior Center! After updates from Chamber Exec Jackie Krawczak and Senior Center Exec Sarah Moe, we learned about many of the cool things made right here in the Alpena area that get shipped all over the US and the world! Speakers included Pat Gerow and Mark Straley from R.S. Scott Associates, Ken Gembel of Decorative Panels International, Dave Szydlowski of NEMROC, Andrew Stone of Cadillac Products Automotive Co., Duane Rondeau of Besser Company, and Paul Rogers of LaFarge. Check out these companies products: http://www.decpanels.com/; http://www.lafarge-na.com/; http://besser.com/; http://www.cadprodauto.com/; http://www.nemroc.com/nemrocwoodcrafts/boxescrates.html; http://www.rsscott.com/ More →

Friday, March 4, 2016

This looks like a great way to overcome cabin fever. Why not add some Steel Drum vibe to your weekend! More →

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Reel Fun Fishing photos from a wonderful event to raise money for the Alpena River Center and future opportunities to engage our community in understanding the Thunder Bay River Watershed. The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan is proud to be a partner on behalf of this initiative and its many hard-working volunteers! More →

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A great selection of auction items have been pulled together along with a wonderful variety Michigan craft beers and wines for tasting with appetizers. Come join the fun and help support the Rotary Club of Alpena raise funds for a future Splash Park and other projects that benefit the local area! More →

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Hope all our Community Foundation Friends are safe and warm today! Still beautiful despite the shoveling and plowing from last night's blizzard! More →

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Congratulations to the hard working Friends of Plaza Pool for their successful efforts to keep the Plaza Pool open this summer. What a great example of community members stepping forward to take on a tough challenge and succeed. Bravo! You can check out the Friends of Plaza Pool website here, their cool swimming programs underway, and make a donation to show how much you appreciate their efforts on behalf of community: http://plazapoolfriends.org/ More →

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

We've almost made it through February...hoping spring is not too far away. Looking forward to spring flowers, sunshine, and of course, grant awards, scholarships and graduations! More →

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Every day is amazing at the Community Foundation! We get to see the best of people and experience their fulfillment when they are contributing to a cause near and dear to their hearts or creating a community legacy fund to honor their loved ones. If you need a reminder of how fortunate you are to live here, check out all the grants and scholarships awarded each year by the caring, compassionate people who call this region, "home." More →

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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@CFNEM • May 18

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Thank you Steve Fletcher for the wonderful editorial in The Alpena News today about philanthropy in Northeast... https://t.co/aWnW5hEMkO

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@CFNEM • Apr 21

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@CFNEM • Apr 21

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan learned of the loss of a dear friend and supporter this weekend,... https://t.co/Jfg2FebQdH

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

Very proud of the Alpena Wildcats FIRST Robotics Teams 5505 and 5230 for how well they performed this weekend in... https://t.co/e95gAjwD3P

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@CFNEM • Mar 18

Shout out to those interested in college scholarships--the deadline for submitting an online application is... https://t.co/vENF6O8XIX

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@CFNEM • Mar 18

Wishing our Wildcat Robotics teams a big victory in Escanaba. Follow them online here:... https://t.co/aNoi83BAQW

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@CFNEM • Mar 17

May there always be work for your hands to do, May your purse always hold a coin or two. May the sun always shine... https://t.co/XVrzw8RmXj

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

Community Foundation Executive Director Barb Frantz had the honor of presenting a check for $1,500 on behalf of... https://t.co/DcbILoX2Jm

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@CFNEM • Mar 4

Fantastic Good Morning Alpena Chamber breakfast this morning at the Alpena Senior Center! After updates from... https://t.co/MIEPLvfQ07

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@CFNEM • Mar 3

This looks like a great way to overcome the cabin fever. Why not add some Steel Drum vibes to your weekend! https://t.co/Syet6vdB0i

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

Great photos from a wonderful event to raise money for the Alpena River Center and future opportunities to engage... https://t.co/sMtpVFZQqq

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

A great selection of auction items have been pulled together along with a wonderful variety Michigan craft beers... https://t.co/ci3JVd0Jsy

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

A great selection of auction items have been pulled together along with a wonderful variety Michigan craft beers... https://t.co/uR2EvfffqC

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

A great selection of auction items have been pulled together along with a wonderful variety Michigan craft beers... https://t.co/vsQdpwEBf6

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@CFNEM • Feb 25

Hope all our Community Foundation Friends are safe and warm today! Still beautiful despite the shoveling and... https://t.co/u82rGMhTeG

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@CFNEM • Feb 24

Congratulations to the hard working Friends of Plaza Pool for their successful efforts to keep the Plaza Pool... https://t.co/5JhXiPFO92

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