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Monday, December 11, 2017

Please help us welcome our new Program Officer, Kara Bauer LeMonds! Kara started last week at the Community Foundation in a newly created position. She will be handling most of our competitive grants, and coordinating all of our Youth Advisory Councils (YACs). She is an Alpena native, and thrilled to be back in her hometown. Welcome Kara! More →

Monday, December 11, 2017

Have you ever heard of Ga Ga Ball? We hadn’t until our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate awarded a $1,000 grant to St. Joseph School in West Branch to build a Ga Ga Ball pit, but check this out! Since it was installed, the pit has been used every day at recess and after school by the students. Looks like fun! More →

Friday, December 8, 2017

Do you like Folk Music? What a great way to bring arts and culture to our community! This year’s Thunderbay Folk Society festival exposed hundreds of people to folk music through performances and workshops. “We had a 7-year-old girl attend the festival with her dad. She had recently become fascinated with the fiddle after hearing a 10-year-old fiddle phenom on YouTube,” said Bonnie Bartz. “She attended the Beginning Fiddle workshop at the festival, and just couldn’t put down her fiddle the rest of the weekend! Her dad has since purchased her a fiddle and gotten her signed up for lessons!” CFNEM is proud to have granted $1,000 through a Community Impact grant to support the 2017 festival. More →

Thursday, December 7, 2017

While northeast Michigan helped CFNEM reach a new record for Giving Tuesday locally, new records for the movement were crushed nationally and worldwide! More →

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

If part of your work entails making our community a better place, please consider taking this survey! Your input is truly needed. More →

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Today we have one final prize to give away from Giving Tuesday to a donor (chosen at random) from those who made a gift to the Northeast Women's Giving Circle! Lora Greene, we know you love fitting of a prize! Thank you for your kind donation!! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #GivingTuesdayGoldenGoose More →

Friday, December 1, 2017

Our community is generous indeed! We are so pleased to announce the final totals for Giving Tuesday...can you believe this?! Thank you northeast Michigan! Today we announced the grand total to a room full of the participating nonprofit representatives, and we also introduced the Giving Tuesday Golden Goose! Keep an eye out here as we share more details from our wrap-up event! #GivingTuesdayNEMI More →

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Our last prize to give out for #GivingTuesdayNEMI is for the donor who made the very last gift, closest to midnight last night. THANK YOU Katie Engstrom for your donation! We know you love Alpena, so we hope you enjoy this Alpenaopoly game! (That's Executive Assistant Denise McKenna showing off the game.) Each and every donation has made a huge difference for so many nonprofits in our communities. We can't wait to share the final numbers with all of you! More →

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

A HUGE "thank you" to everyone who gave yesterday on #GivingTuesdayNEMI! Each and every gift helped make the day a success for the participating nonprofits. We are working hard at our offices to get the online and walk-in gifts processed and a final total for the day, which will be announced on Friday. Please stay tuned to find out how BIG northeast Michigan turned out for its communities! More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Head on over to! 4 more hours to give back for Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2017! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

This next prize is for THE donation that put the 2017 giving total above last year's total. THANK YOU Tom Lappan for your #GivingTuesdayNEMI gift today in support of the Alpena Blues Festival/Alpena Blues Coalition! WOW! We know northeast Michiganders are generous, but we are floored by the support you are all showing for the nonprofits serving our communities. It is incredible! We've still got till midnight for Giving Tuesday gifts. Every gift is truly appreciated by the Community Foundation and each participating nonprofit! (That's Marketing Communications Director Christine Bruske Hitch with this cool Michigan basket full of chocolate.) More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THANK YOU Wynne Tezak for your #GivingTuesdayNEMI donation in support of Children's Advocacy Center of Northeast Michigan! We hope you like board games! Your donation came in at noon on-the-dot, and we are celebrating your gift with a prize! (That's CFNEM Program Director Julie Wiesen showing off the Alpenaopoly game.) More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

THANK YOU Janet Reins for your donation for #GivingTuesdayNEMI! Your donation was the 200th gift received online today, and we are celebrating that with another prize! We are sending Janet this cute Great Lakes necklace and Michigan Christmas ornament. :) (That's Star Connor WBKB 11 in the photo. She stopped by to film a story about the nonprofits participating in Giving Tuesday today!) More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

There is still time left to make your gift count for Giving Tuesday! Please share and tell your friends and family about this great opportunity to give back to the place we all love so much! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

In honor of this being the 3rd year of the Community Foundation hosting #GivingTuesdayNEMI, our first prize of the day goes to the third donor to make a gift today! THANK YOU to Arnie Leriche for your donation to the Pine River Van Etten Lake Watershed Coalition! Arnie was up late to make his donations...we will be sending you this cool bag! Enjoy! (That's CFNEM Finance Director DeeAnn Karos in the photo. She is working hard today!) More →

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

TODAY is Giving Tuesday! Please visit and help us make today a HUGE success for the wonderful nonprofits in northeast Michigan! Last year, our communities raised over $41,000 online in a single day. Will we beat that number this year? #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Monday, November 27, 2017

The biggest giving event of the year is tomorrow at! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The countdown is on! Giving back starts on November 28 at Is your favorite nonprofit participating in Giving Tuesday this year? A favorite cause perhaps? We're 2 days away! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Everybody wins when we give back. What a great column from Tom Brindley! More →

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Wishing all of you a wonderful, happy, safe and lovely Thanksgiving! More →

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City friends! Check out the list of non profits serving the Straits Area who are participating in #GivingTuesdayNEMI. We hope you will show your support for these amazing organizations on November 28! More →

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Is your heart in Crawford, Ogemaw or Oscoda Counties? These non profits are doing incredible work in our North Central Michigan region - all of which are participating in #GivingTuesdayNEMI! More →

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

COOL IDEA ALERT!! Make giving back to your community a family affair! How? Give them a “giving allowance”, and on November 28 visit and let the kids choose how they spend their charitable dollars. With over 50 organizations participating, your youngsters are sure to find one or many organizations whose mission pulls at their heartstrings (animals, clean water, other kids, you name it). Create an opportunity to inspire givers in your household on Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #familyphilanthropy #youthphilanthropy #charityrunsinthefamily More →

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@CFNEM • Dec 1

Our community is generous indeed! We are so pleased to announce the final totals for Giving Tuesday...can you...

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@CFNEM • Nov 20

Click "like" to show one of our great, local farmers markets some love! The Friends of the Alpena Farmers Market...

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@CFNEM • Nov 18

“The Hope Shores Alliance safe-house provides safe shelter and supportive services to families of victims of...

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@CFNEM • Nov 12

Human trafficking exists in Michigan. It’s an uncomfortable and alarming fact. Halfway through 2017, 4,460 cases...

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@CFNEM • Nov 9

Wow! What a difference this exterior paint job has made for the Bradley House in Presque Isle County! Mark...

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@CFNEM • Nov 7

Canoeing, hiking, fishing, crafts, ice cream…this is the stuff amazing summer camps are made of! 160 kids...

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@CFNEM • Oct 26

This man's influence on philanthropy in Michigan, including right here in northeast Michigan, has been...

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@CFNEM • Oct 5

Flight-themed sunprints, painted gliders, sky-themed canvas collages and decorated kites – how fun! Kids who...

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@CFNEM • Oct 3

Do you work on grant applications through the Community Foundation? If so, here's some news you don't want to...

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@CFNEM • Sep 28

“Some of our theatre kids found a place where they could be themselves, be accepted, and feel like they had a...

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@CFNEM • Sep 14

Do you know of a nonprofit with a great program benefiting youth in northeast Michigan? Tag them in the comments...

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@CFNEM • Sep 11

Have you read “The Giver” by Lois Lowry? What did you think? A grant from the North Central Michigan Community...

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@CFNEM • Sep 6

Are you, or is someone you love a Boy Scout or Girl Scout? We would love to hear what you feel the best thing is...

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@CFNEM • Aug 31

Social Media for Nonprofits hit the road this morning headed for Tawas City!

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@CFNEM • Aug 29

The purchase of a new portable sound system, made possible through a CFNEM Community Impact mini-grant, is...

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@CFNEM • Aug 23

“I feel like a real scientist!” That’s what one of the participants of the Northeast Michigan Science Olympiad...

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@CFNEM • Aug 17

With 18 high schools in the Community Foundation's nine-county service area having a Youth Advisory Council...

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@CFNEM • Aug 14

Three sessions - you pick one. Two locations. One huge opportunity to learn the ins and outs of social media...

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@CFNEM • Aug 2

Does your family know what to do in the event of a fire? With the help of a Community Foundation mini-grant from...

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@CFNEM • Jul 26

Check out these photos from Thunder Bay Community Health Services’ “Love and Logic” program in Cheboygan County....