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Joy of Giving: Nancy & Nate Stempky

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

Small Grants Leveraged To Do Big Things!

Youth Advisory Council students learn about community needs through grantmaking.

Giving Tuesday 2016

Congratulations to all those who benefited from our first coordinated #GivingTuesdayNEMI campaign. A total of $41,187 was raised from 495 donations in just 24 hours. A warm and heartfelt thanks to our generous donors!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

We hope you can stop by on April 26th for a special open house and staff meet & greet! We are excited to welcome Patrick Heraghty in his new role as CFNEM Executive Director, and to meet with our grantees, donors and new friends! It's a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with the staff you might speak to regularly over the phone or email, and to check out the offices and our two conference rooms which are available for reservation during normal business hours. We hope to see you on the 26th! More →

Friday, April 14, 2017

We are proud to be supporting this great event for young girls through $3,000 from the CFNEM Community Impact grant and the Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle (WGC). "Like" to give a virtual high-five to all those volunteering to make the program possible! More →

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Another project supported through a Community Foundation grant! We hope these teens had an amazing time and gained an appreciation for art on their trip. More →

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Snakes Alive! Students in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City had the opportunity to get up close and personal with these reptiles with the help of a grant to the Straits Area Audubon Society from our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate's Youth Advisory Council. Brave, brave kids! More →

Monday, April 10, 2017

Congratulations to the Alpena and Alcona robotics teams who placed 1st and 6th respectively out of 39 teams this weekend in Traverse City. Their work and dedication is leading them to the semi-final competition! Teams from both counties were funded in part by grants through the Community Foundation's Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council grants. More →

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty and other local leaders had the opportunity tonight to have dinner and meet with 36th District State Senator Jim Stamas (right) and State Representative Sue Allor while they are visiting Alpena this week. More →

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

We are happy to welcome Lora Greene as the Community Foundation's Board President for 2017! Lora has been on the CFNEM board since 2011. “The Community Foundation has been a pillar of philanthropy in our community for decades, and its impact will only continue to increase,” says Lora. “It has been an honor to sit on the board and serve as an officer, seeing its growth and transformations over the years. Now it’s an even greater honor to serve as the President. I’m looking forward to a very positive year for CFNEM.” The Community Foundation also announced its new officers and two newly-elected trustees in March as well. http://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/community-foundation-announces-new-officers.html More →

Monday, March 27, 2017

Check out these great photos of the Wiking Kujon Robotics Team from Posen! This team took third place at the robotics district competition March 18th in Gaylord. A $1,750 Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) grant provided funding for the team’s equipment. (Did you know that Wiking Kujon means “nerdy Viking” in polish?) More →

Friday, March 24, 2017

Today’s youth are our future leaders! These students from Mio High School got a first-hand look at state government at the Michigan Youth in Government Conference held in Lansing earlier this month. A mini-grant from the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) of our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate provided funding to send the students to the conference. What an experience! More →

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Congratulations to the Lake Huron Discovery Tour and Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) on winning the 2017 Governor’s Award for Innovative Tourism Collaboration! More →

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate is accepting Community Improvement Grant applications for Iosco County programs. Grants are due May 1! More →

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

$84,000 was recently granted out to northeast Michigan nonprofits for a wide range of programs and projects! 59 Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council grants were approved by the CFNEM board of trustees on March 14. One of the grants (pictured here) is a $1,000 award to Alcona County's ARA Farm Market for the "Good for All" project. See a full list of recently awarded grants here: http://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/cfnem-announces-84000-in-new-grants-in-march.html More →

Monday, March 20, 2017

Recognize this location? The group photo was taken at a birthday party in 1889 on 1st Avenue in Alpena! This picture and the others were found as a set of glass plate negatives in a home in the same neighborhood, and were brought back to life through the new negative scanner at the Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, which was purchased with the support of a CFNEM grant. Fun Alpena history! More →

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

CFNEM trustee Sue Fitzpatrick completed her year as 2016 Board President last night. Thank you for your leadership and service to our community! A big "thank you" also goes out to Tom Sobeck and Esther Ableidinger, who have served on the CFNEM Board for nine years, completing their board service yesterday. More →

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Congratulations on your retirement Barbara Willyard-Frantz! Today is Barb's last day on the job at the Community Foundation after 23 years. The adventure begins! 🎉 More →

Monday, March 13, 2017

Our final “Meet the Staff” Monday! Meet new CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. Patrick has been with the Community Foundation for five months, and will officially take the reins on Wednesday. Patrick says his favorite part of the job so far is that everyone he comes across is “committed to building a strong community: staff, donors, volunteers, students, and residents. It’s pretty uplifting.” Patrick is a graduate of the University of Arizona in Tucson (“Bear Down, Arizona!”). Before coming to CFNEM he worked in both the payments and hospitality industries, and spent some spare time volunteering. He lives in Alpena with his wife Anne, their two sons Patrick and Liam, and their cat Oscar. A few fun things about Patrick: Where haven’t you traveled that you would love to go? “Hong Kong.” Hobbies: “Fishing, cooking, and bike riding.” Favorite ice cream flavor: “Chocolate Peanut Butter.” What is one thing about you that might surprise people? “I went to three different high schools in three different countries. I did my freshman year at Forrest Sherman High School in Naples, Italy; my sophomore year at Mannheim American High School in Mannheim, Germany; and my junior and senior years at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona.” More →

Friday, March 10, 2017

It's scholarship season! Attention students and parents of students - just a reminder that Community Foundation scholarship applications are due April 3rd! Please visit www.cfnem.org to apply. There is a lot of opportunity to help fund your education, so don't miss out on the chance to apply! More →

Friday, March 3, 2017

Many Ogemaw County children who might otherwise go home to an empty house after school instead have the opportunity to participate in tutoring, arts and crafts, physical activities, community service projects and more through the Ogemaw Kids Club's after school program. A $2,500 YAC grant through our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate provided funding to help make this program possible for youth in Ogemaw County. More →

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Thank you Art in the Loft for the wonderful thank-you! More →

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The United Way of Northeast Michigan used a $400 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant for supplies to fill backpacks for children being placed in foster care. The grant was able to fill 48 packs for children from birth to 12 years old, and hopefully make those children's experience a little easier. More →

Monday, February 20, 2017

“Meet the Staff” Monday! Meet Finance Director DeeAnn Karos. DeeAnn has been with CFNEM for 10 years, and she can help you with just about any question related to the Community Foundation’s numbers. Every single donation made by our incredibly generous donors is accounted for by DeeAnn. What’s DeeAnn’s favorite part of her job? “I help give away money for a living!” she says. DeeAnn is a graduate of Lake Superior State University, and before working full time in accounting for CFNEM, she was helping to milk cows on a dairy farm. She and her husband Wade love spending time with kids Amber, Jade and Wade Jr., and their four dogs, Kyah, Haydn, Mika, Chloe and DeeAnn’s horse, Woodrow. A few fun things about DeeAnn: Where haven’t you traveled that you would love to go? “Out west!” Hobbies: “Horseback riding, riding the Harley, hunting, fishing, walking and exercising.” Favorite ice cream flavor: “Cherry chip.” What is one thing about you that might surprise people? “I sit on a pillow to see over the steering wheel of my truck!” DeeAnn Karos More →

Monday, February 20, 2017

“Meet the Staff” Monday! Meet Finance Director DeeAnn Karos. DeeAnn has been with CFNEM for 10 years, and she can help you with just about any question related to the Community Foundation’s numbers. Every single donation made by our incredibly generous donors is accounted for by DeeAnn. What’s DeeAnn’s favorite part of her job? “I help give away money for a living!” she says. DeeAnn is a graduate of Lake Superior State University, and before working full time in accounting for CFNEM, she was helping to milk cows on a dairy farm. She and her husband Wade love spending time with kids Amber, Jade and Wade Jr., and their four dogs, Kyah, Haydn, Mika, Chloe and DeeAnn’s horse, Woodrow. A few fun things about DeeAnn: Where haven’t you traveled that you would love to go? “Out west!” Hobbies: “Horseback riding, riding the Harley, hunting, fishing, walking and exercising.” Favorite ice cream flavor: “Cherry chip.” What is one thing about you that might surprise people? “I sit on a pillow to see over the steering wheel of my truck!” DeeAnn Karos More →

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@CFNEM • Apr 18

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@CFNEM • Apr 14

We are proud to be supporting this great event for young girls through $3,000 from the CFNEM Community Impact... https://t.co/p1RwkcYaud

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@CFNEM • Apr 13

Another project supported through a Community Foundation grant! We hope these teens had an amazing time and... https://t.co/Negz0k5Sn4

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@CFNEM • Apr 12

Snakes Alive! Students in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City had the opportunity to get up close and personal... https://t.co/x1OJi6cZWk

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@CFNEM • Apr 10

Congratulations to the Alpena and Alcona robotics teams who placed 1st and 6th respectively out of 39 teams this... https://t.co/aDwPfKO1v4

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@CFNEM • Apr 10

Congratulations to the Alpena and Alcona robotics teams who placed 1st and 6th respectively out of 39 teams this... https://t.co/wB8xUkaK9J

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@CFNEM • Apr 4

CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty and other local leaders had the opportunity tonight to have dinner and... https://t.co/D2lf7Bj8cB

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@CFNEM • Mar 30

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@CFNEM • Mar 29

We are happy to welcome Lora Greene as the Community Foundation's Board President for 2017! Lora has been on the... https://t.co/BBYSbSYoIc

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@CFNEM • Mar 27

Check out these great photos of the Wiking Kujon Robotics Team from Posen! This team took third place at the... https://t.co/fZ5xNC4lMe

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@CFNEM • Mar 24

Today’s youth are our future leaders! These students from Mio High School got a first-hand look at state... https://t.co/HPQI89r2dA

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@CFNEM • Mar 23

Congratulations to the Lake Huron Discovery Tour and Michigan Arts and Culture Northeast (MACNE) on winning the... https://t.co/PaISc0GRa1

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate is accepting Community Improvement Grant applications for Iosco... https://t.co/kc9Jvh32h1

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

$84,000 was recently granted out to northeast Michigan nonprofits for a wide range of programs and projects! 59... https://t.co/hj91pVGXJ6

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@CFNEM • Mar 20

Recognize this location? The group photo was taken at a birthday party in 1989 on 1st Avenue in Alpena! This... https://t.co/n5IjJrrj0u

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@CFNEM • Mar 14

Congratulations on your retirement Barbara Willyard-Frantz! Today is Barb's last day on the job at the Community... https://t.co/XBtDEhZIpp

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@CFNEM • Mar 13

Our final “Meet the Staff” Monday! Meet new CFNEM Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. Patrick has been with the... https://t.co/tSCJgV1sBf

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@CFNEM • Mar 10

It's scholarship season! Attention students and parents of students - just a reminder that Community Foundation... https://t.co/srqqVf7mQS

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@CFNEM • Mar 3

Many Ogemaw County children who might otherwise go home to an empty house after school instead have the... https://t.co/FH0j9DOVLC

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@CFNEM • Mar 2

Thank you Art in the Loft for the wonderful thank-you! https://t.co/ZwdkTiz5tv

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