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The second edition of our Community Foundation Storybook

2020 Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Annual Report

Urgent Needs Fund

Urgent Needs Fund established to meet immediate needs of our region

John R. Zachel

Honoring Foster Parents Leaves a Legacy All Its Own

For the health and safety of our staff and community, our office is temporarily closed to the public and most staff are working remotely. You can still reach us by email or by calling our office at 877-354-6881.

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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Friday, May 7, 2021

Most of us are passionate about something, and that passion can extend beyond ourselves, if we let it.

Visit to see our second edition of “Passion with a Purpose”, and read the stories of others who have created a legacy through meaningful giving. To learn more about turning your passion into a lasting legacy, contact us.

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Thursday, May 6, 2021

May is recognized as Leave a Legacy Month, and a great time to consider your legacy through a gift to your community through a charity or cause that has special meaning to you. Naming a charity in your will is simple, and you can leave a set dollar amount, or simply a percentage of your will. Did you know estimates show that if everyone in northeast Michigan left just 5% of their estate in a charitable endowment, it would mean over $42 million EVERY YEAR for our communities by the year 2060? Check out our “5% for the Future” information and consider what your legacy will be.

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Monday, May 3, 2021

The Straits Area Community Foundation 2020 Annual Report is now online. See how donors and grantees are helping SACF make an impact in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City at Special thanks
to @citizensnationalbank for sponsoring this publication!

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Saturday, May 1, 2021

May is “Leave a Legacy” month, and what better time than Leave a Legacy Month to introduce the second volume of “Passion with a Purpose”! We are honored to share this Community Foundation storybook full of great stories of people who have turned a passion into great purpose through giving. Their stories are worth telling, and we are certainly honored they allowed us to tell them. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Grant money available! Nonprofits serving Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City are encouraged to apply for the Straits Area Health Care grant for health-related projects. The deadline to apply is June 1. Apply at

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Monday, April 26, 2021

After receiving a grant for a Tawas Point Lighthouse tour and activities, the pandemic forced a Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan group to adjust and bring their program virtual. The silver lining? Not only did local Girl Scout troops get to participate in the virtual tour and corresponding activities, but they were able to open up the experience to children across the country! In fact, 56 girls from across 11 different states participated, learning the history of the Tawas Point Lighthouse, famous female lighthouse keepers, and all about lighthouse preservation efforts. This program was funded through an Iosco County Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council grant.

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Friday, April 23, 2021

Attention Iosco County nonprofits! The grant deadline for Iosco County Community Improvement Grants is May 1. Apply at

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Thursday, April 22, 2021

updated their cover photo. More →

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

2020 was a year beyond compare. One of the best parts of reflecting back is the opportunity to look forward - one of the things community foundations do best. We are happy to share our 2020 Annual Report with you, and want you to know that we are ready to meet the needs that lie ahead.

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Friday, April 16, 2021

Attention nonprofits! There are plenty of grant opportunities coming up over the next few months…be sure you’ve got grant deadlines for your area on your calendar!

May 1 – Iosco County Community Improvement Grants –


STRAITS AREA (Cheboygan County/Mackinaw City)
June 1 – Straits Area Health Care Grants –

June 30 – North Central Michigan Community Foundation Community Impact Grants –

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION FOR NORTHEAST MICHIGAN (Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties) –

July 1 – Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle Grants

July 15 – Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Community Impact Grants

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Another one of our recent grantees in the news! Presque Isle District Library

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Monday, April 12, 2021

One of our recent grants in the news! Brush Creek Mill

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

updated their cover photo. More →

Monday, April 5, 2021

$10K in new grants from our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate!

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Thursday, April 1, 2021

The Boys & Girls Club of Alpena Youth Volunteer Corp completed 137 volunteer projects, despite the pandemic. Program coordinators say one of the most impactful projects was when the teens built birdfeeders for residents of Turning Brook in Alpena – a project funded through a CFNEM Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant.

“The youth came up with plans and had a solid reasoning for the completion of the project. They also received a lot of positive feedback from the community members, residents and staff of Turning Brook. They provided a sense of normalcy and happiness to the residents of Turning Brook during a pandemic, which was a very huge accomplishment,” says Catherine Knoch of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena.

Other YVC projects included cleaning up McRae Park, building garden beds, and donating canned foods to local food pantries.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021

For Iosco County nonprofits - Community Improvement grant applications are due May 1.

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Friday, March 26, 2021

A $3,500 Community Impact grant helped the Rogers City Police Department to replace inoperable and obsolete in-car patrol cameras.
Rogers City Chief of Police Jamie Meyer says that digital camera files can be an imperative piece of evidence during an investigation and prosecution of an offender when convincing a judge or jury of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. He says digital evidence has and will continue to make a difference for all citizens they serve.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021

A new slate of officers for the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan Board began their terms this month, with Debra Kruttlin taking over as the new CFNEM President. A HUGE thanks to Scott McLennan for his year of leadership as the 2020 President!

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

In addition to our Community Impact grants, our Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) grants are putting over $22,000 into our communities for projects affecting youth in the region. Programs receiving funding including projects for mental health, arts programming, school sports and summer camps. Cheers to our NEMYAC members who continue to meet virtually to help their communities! See the full list of NEMYAC grants at

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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@CFNEM • Mar 26

Thank you so much to BAC and all that came out to support the WGC!

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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!

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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…

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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…

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

Reminder! Board Basics is on March 20 in West Branch! Register by Friday!

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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…

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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…

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications!

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary…

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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…

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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…

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

The perfect picture for such an icy day in northeast Michigan. Stay safe friends!

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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…

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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…

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@CFNEM • Jan 24

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

We can't "love" this enough times"!