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New fund established to meet immediate needs of our region

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As a health precaution, CFNEM offices are closed to the public until further notice. Our team continues the Foundation's work remotely. All staff are accessible via email and phone. To contact us, please email, or call the office and leave a message. To provide our team additional time and space to care for ourselves and our loved ones, CFNEM virtual offices will be closed at noon on Fridays through September 4.

We are actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and how it may impact our community. To get or give support to northeast Michigan during this crisis, learn about the new URGENT NEEDS FUND for our region.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following sites:

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State of Michigan coronavirus site
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 site

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Saturday, August 8, 2020

Looking for a fun way to explore and social distance this summer? Have you checked out the Presque Isle Lighthouses? Funds at CFNEM and the support of donors who care about these lights have teamed up to protect them. And you can see the difference. Plus, it’s just a beautiful place to visit and take in a piece of what nature in northeast Michigan has to offer.

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Friday, August 7, 2020

A Community Foundation grant to Alpena Childcare and Development Center helped with the construction of an outdoor infant play area. From the looks of the smiles, it's a hit!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Beginning August 11, Census takers will visit households who have not yet self-responded to the 2020 Census. Their job is to help get a complete and accurate count, and this matters hugely for our communities! Results of this count will affect the next decade and beyond. So be counted! #BeCountedNortheastMichigan #MIVoiceCounts

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Monday, August 3, 2020

“Maybe the next scholarship recipient will be the first woman to land and create a colony on Mars!”

Annele Richards Johnson hopes that may be the case for students receiving scholarships from a fund she established at CFNEM in 2018. Annele’s story is one of giving back, support of a cause close to the heart, and highlights the use of a unique giving avenue. Check out Annele’s donor story here: https://www.cfnem.org/…/donor-profile-annele-johnson-richar…

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Friday, July 31, 2020

Scholarships through our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) affiliate total more than $29,000! These scholarships are supporting students from Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City as they embark on the new journey of college and career. Thank you to the donors who make these awards possible each year, and congratulations to our Straits Area 2020 scholars! https://www.cfnem.org/sacf/scholarships/2020-scholars.html

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Thursday, July 30, 2020

Scholarship through our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate total over $76,000 this year, through 88 awards. NCMCF holds funds for the West Branch-Rose City Schools Educational Support Partnership, Oscoda County College Fund, and many others throughout Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties. Each of these funds honors the donor’s legacy, and supports the future of our local students today, and for generations. Congratulations to our 2020 NCMCF Scholars!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Scholarships through our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate total over $88,000 this year, through 50 scholarships. ICCF holds the Michael Wentworth Memorial Scholarship, which provides art-specific scholarships, the Tawas Area Education Foundation scholarship funds, Hale Area Education Funds, as well as many others. Behind each of these funds is a legacy to the donor, and a story of optimism for future generations. Congratulations to our 2020 Iosco County Scholars!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

In the immediate Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan service area of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties, $269,000 was awarded to students from the four counties. Every award given is a direct result of the generosity of someone who cared enough to give back to future generations. Scholarships are awarded for students attending four-year programs, graduate studies, and for certificate programs and skilled trades programs. Congratulations to all of the CFNEM scholars!

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Monday, July 27, 2020

We officially name this week our Community Foundation Scholarship Recognition Week! Of course, things look a bit different this year when it comes to honoring and recognizing our scholarship recipients and scholarship donors, but we adapt, right? So far this year, over $463,000 has been awarded to students from across northeast Michigan for more than 200 individuals. These awards will help local students with their educational plans, whatever they may be, and whatever those may look like. So here’s to our 2020 scholars, and to the generous donors who make these scholarship possible.

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Friday, July 24, 2020

Funding for the Michigan Small Business Restart program includes northeast Michigan businesses and nonprofits. This includes all of the counties in the CFNEM service area through MEDC grants to Target Alpena and Otsego County Economic Alliance. Applications for these grants are available now through August 5. Applications can be found here: https://www.michiganbusiness.org/restart/

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

We want to give a HUGE “thank you” to the MCFYP committee for awarding $7,500 to three Youth Advisory Councils (YACs) in northeast Michigan! $2,500 each was awarded to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate’s Crawford County YAC and Oscoda County YAC. Our Straits Area Community Foundation YAC also received $2,500. Each year, these YACs are required to stretch their grant dollars as far as they can, and in communities among those with the greatest need. Thes...e funds will help them support basic needs for families in their community affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

When MCFYP, a committee of the Council of Michigan Foundations, had to cancel their annual Summer Youth Leadership Conference, they decided to use the funds originally allocated for the event to award the MCFYP COVID-19 Response Youth Grant to YACs across the state. Such a great idea in such a profound time of need. Thank you!

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Across Michigan, nearly 68% of residents have responded to the U.S. Census. Here in Northeast Michigan, those numbers are lower on average. Have you completed the Census? Let’s make sure EVERYONE is counted. Just 10 minutes of your time will affect the next 10 years and beyond for our communities. #BeCountedNortheastMI #MIVoiceCounts.

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Monday, July 20, 2020

When you give locally, your donation makes a difference right here at home today, and for generations to come. So give where you live, and support where you summer!

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Thursday, July 16, 2020

10 minutes of your time affects the next ten years and beyond. Please participate in the 2020 Census!

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Monday, July 13, 2020

Sharing another "thank you" from Ascension St. Joseph Hospital in Tawas City. This hospital received a grant from CFNEM's Urgent Needs Fund to purchase tablets for use with COVID-19 inpatients and their families for virtual communication. Want to learn more about this fund and how you can support current and emerging needs related to the pandemic? Visit https://www.cfnem.org/funds/urgent-needs-fund.html

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Michigan is open again, but our neighbors are still in need. The Urgent Needs Fund at CFNEM has already put $100,000 directly into the hands of local nonprofits to help with food, shelter, mental health and personal protection equipment. The need is still here, and will continue to be. If you can, please consider supporting this fund as we continue to address our communities’ urgent needs as they relate to COVID-19. And if you are involved with an organization helping northeast Michigan residents with the most basic human needs, visit cfnem.org for information on applying for Urgent Needs grants.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

Did you know Michigan was the first state to surpass its 2010 self-response rate for the 2020 Census? That's cool, but there's still a way to go. If you haven't responded yet, please do! It's safe, secure, and will affect our communities for the next decade and beyond.

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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy 4th Northeast Michigan!

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy Birthday to the Community Foundation! Today we turn 46 years old. Fun fact: The oldest Community Foundation in the U.S. is the Cleveland Foundation, which was established in 1914, 106 years ago.

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CF for Northeast MI

@CFNEM • Oct 21

We love our YAC! And today, Alpena is filled with these awesome youth grantmakers from all across northeast Michiga… https://t.co/0KlmlKopG5

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@CFNEM • Apr 9

Spring is in the air (kind of)! To showcase a grant, and remind us that the flowers will bloom again, check out the… https://t.co/Abrumr73yn

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@CFNEM • Apr 8

When the Iosco Regional Educational Service Agency (IRESA) set a goal to get 100 children in Alcona and Iosco Count… https://t.co/fxOZvHryMv

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@CFNEM • Apr 6

Getting our young girls involved and excited about STEM and robotics…how cool! A Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving… https://t.co/CCGSuxoUVM

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@CFNEM • Mar 26

Thank you so much to BAC and all that came out to support the WGC! https://t.co/OVvF74M7jR

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@CFNEM • Mar 21

Sweat for a Cause is TOMORROW, March 22, and will support the Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle! https://t.co/7HXr3ImCXW

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@CFNEM • Mar 15

What a fun way to get the whole family involved in early childhood literacy! CFNEM is proud to support this great p… https://t.co/DlVKEIGpYy

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@CFNEM • Mar 12

Support CFNEM's Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle on March 22 at Bay Athletic Club's "Sweat for a Cause" at… https://t.co/0YNKYPrve2

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

Reminder! Board Basics is on March 20 in West Branch! Register by Friday! https://t.co/t3ZFIKvIG7

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@CFNEM • Mar 8

Check out these young, rising hockey stars! A grant to Cheboygan Hockey Association provided funding for new safety… https://t.co/2UJ5l4yzeT

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@CFNEM • Mar 6

Great things happen when people come together for the sake of others! A grant to Grant Lake Community Chapel, and s… https://t.co/1E6OUnm79F

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications! https://t.co/a31uraRU3i

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary… https://t.co/WFxiMPUva5

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

These sweet kids from Hillman Community Schools are so happy to have new instruments so they could take band classe… https://t.co/WNftEawRPP

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

One of our newest funds is the first at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to support an international… https://t.co/QOLPY3M7og

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

The perfect picture for such an icy day in northeast Michigan. Stay safe friends! https://t.co/UJkpBM08O3

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@CFNEM • Feb 4

CFNEM Program Director Julie Wiesen gave a great presentation to the Alpena Rotary Club today, telling all about CF… https://t.co/RvXPJNuCcW

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@CFNEM • Jan 31

This looks like fun! Love INC of Oscoda County received a grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundatio… https://t.co/tagI3Gy5NX

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@CFNEM • Jan 24

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

We can't "love" this enough times"! https://t.co/oOResB4oDQ

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