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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Check out the full list of 59 new Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grants at https://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/community-foundation-for-northeast-michigan-awards-over-109000-in-new-grants.html More →

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Giving circles allow individuals to have a greater impact with their giving. No wonder these circles are so popular! Did you know there are more than 1,500 giving circles (over 70% being female) across the U.S.? How lucky are we to have such a strong one through the Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle?! 400 members and counting... More →

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Love these smiling faces! The Wolverine High School volleyball team was able to enjoy brand new equipment for their season this year with the help of a grant through our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate. More →

Friday, March 15, 2019

What a fun way to get the whole family involved in early childhood literacy! CFNEM is proud to support this great project. Where is Humphrey today? More →

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library received a $2,000 Community Impact Grant to purchase the Barton Reading System for use in their READ program. The system is an effective alternative to adult literacy reading materials, especially for those previously diagnosed with a reading disability such as dyslexia. Project organizers say “the direct focus on dyslexia, and the sequential method of instruction, makes this a resource of unlimited value that can be used for years to come.” More →

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

We are thrilled that Bay Athletic Club has chosen the Community Foundation's Northeast Michigan Women's Giving Circle (WGC) for its monthly "Sweat for a Cause" fundraiser! Join in for an awesome POUND workout with instructor Ami Lenning on Friday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Bay Athletic Club! Your donation will help support grants for issues important to the women of northeast Michigan, AND you'll get a great workout. What's even cooler? The sweat will get washed off, but your donation will last forever! More →

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Legos might hurt when they get caught underfoot, but they sure make for fun learning and creativity! These girls are part of Surline Elementary School's Lego Club, funded in part by a YAC grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate. Looks like fun! More →

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Over $16,000 for youth programs are going out to Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda County nonprofits from our North Central Michigan affiliate's YAC! These decisions are NEVER easy, and our YACers truly care. More →

Friday, March 8, 2019

Check out these young, rising hockey stars! A grant to Cheboygan Hockey Association provided funding for new safety equipment and coaching aids to give these youngsters from Cheboygan and Presque Isle Counties a safe and fun hockey experience. More →

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Great things happen when people come together for the sake of others! A grant to Grand Lake Community Chapel, and support from many local businesses and organizations, is helping to feed people in need throughout Presque Isle County through their food pantry program. More →

Monday, March 4, 2019

Spring is coming! (It has to, right?) And when it finally does, youngsters in Cheboygan County will be able to hit the golf courses and participate in a sport they may not otherwise be able. Much of this is through the help of a grant from our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate to the Cheboygan Junior Golf Academy Foundation, which is providing funds to help kids participate in the golfing program. These photos are from last year, through a Straits Area Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant. More →

Friday, March 1, 2019

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications! More →

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan was recently re-accredited with the nation’s highest standards for philanthropic excellence for community foundations everywhere. For the counties we serve and our affiliate foundations, that means you can be assured our donor services, grantmaking and investing is top notch. More →

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Applying for 2019 scholarships? It's time to finish up those applications! Here's what you'll need, common mistakes to avoid, and where to get your application. More →

Thursday, February 21, 2019

These sweet kids from Hillman Community Schools are so happy to have new instruments so they could take band classes! Check out this awesome "thank you" video they sent after receiving a grant to make their band a reality. What creativity! More →

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary Award from the West Branch Chamber of Commerce! The Visionary Award recognizes creativity and innovation, as well as leadership displayed in the West Branch area and Ogemaw County. In addition to Ogemaw County, NCMCF also serves Crawford and Oscoda Counties. “It was a vision since 1998 to connect people who care about the future of this area with the causes closest to their hearts,” said Chamber Director Heather Neuhaus upon notifying NCMCF of the award. “And what a success it has been. It is amazing, the scholarships and grants awarded to the communities of Ogemaw, Crawford and Oscoda Counties.” CFNEM, Executive Director Patrick Heraghty and NCMCF board members Andrea Rose and Jozann Burgin attended the Chamber’s annual ball on February 16 to receive the award on behalf of NCMCF. More →

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate just awarded over $10,000 in Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council grants for programs in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Check them out! https://www.cfnem.org/sacf/resources/news/straits-area-community-foundation-awards-over-10500-in-new-grants.html More →

Monday, February 18, 2019

A strong board is the foundation of a strong nonprofit! “Board Basics”, the signature workshop of the Nonprofit Leaders Series, provides a comprehensive introduction to governance, and the roles and responsibilities of board members. Through support from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate, “Board Basics” is being offered in West Branch for the first time on March 20, 2019. The Nonprofit Leadership Series is offered through a partnership between the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (and its affiliate foundations, including NCMCF), Huron Pines, and the Otsego County Community Foundation. Learn more about the workshop at: https://www.cfnem.org/resources/news/build-a-better-foundation-for-your-organization-with-board-basics-workshop.html Registration is $25 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at huronpines.org/events. A brown bag lunch follows the session at 12:30, facilitated and offering an opportunity for networking. More →

Thursday, February 14, 2019

"Scholarship applications are due in two weeks?!?" That's right! All applications must be complete and submitted online by March 1st! Tag parents, fellow students and anyone writing letters of recommendations to make sure your application is completed by the deadline. Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties: www.cfnem.org Iosco County: www.iccf-online.org Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties: www.ncmcf.org Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City: www.sacf.net More →

Monday, February 11, 2019

We are looking for public input! The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has partnered with community foundations and conservation partners from the United States and Canada to create a plan of action to help Lake Huron communities ensure the long-term health of the Great Lakes. Before the plan can move forward, the partners are seeking input from the residents and stakeholders of Lake Huron communities. We encourage your input and invite your participation by February 28 in a short 10 question survey. Take the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W8TJBBC To learn more about the Lake Huron plan of action, read the full executive summary at, huronpines.org/glow. More →

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

One of our newest funds is the first at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan to support an international cause. The Kenya REAL Fund is a permanent endowment for an organization that, while supporting people thousands of miles away, is very close the hearts of people right here in our corner of the world. Kenya REAL (Reach/Empower/Act/Love”) is a nonprofit with a mission to bring education, sustainable income and support to children and families in Kaptembwa, the fourth largest slum in Kenya. CFNEM’s own trustee, Scott McLennan, is closely involved with Kenya REAL, and helped to establish the fund to help donors touched by this mission to donate to the cause in perpetuity. These great photos are of some Rogers City folks and the children of Kaptembwa during one of the organization’s trips. Donors can support the Kenya REAL Fund here: https://www.cfnem.org/funds/give.html?fund=1043 More →

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

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

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Next up in “Who are these affiliate foundations??”: Today we feature our Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) affiliate, which serves all of Iosco County’s communities and is led by local people. Know any of these folks? Tony Johnson, Cliff Miller, Patti Casey, Stephanie Mallak Olson, Bill Grusecki, Janel Malone, Pauline Ferns, Dana McGrew and June Pursey all serve on the ICCF Board of Directors as ambassadors, advocates, philanthropists and grantmakers. While the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan serves as the administrative arm for ICCF, this affiliate is overseen by these local volunteers. What does a Community Foundation do? To put it as simply as possible, we connect donors with the causes they care about most. We provide people with a solid way to give back to the communities they care about, forever. Donors establish charitable funds, or give to existing funds. The gifts are wisely invested, and every year a percentage of the funds are given out in the form of grants (and scholarships for scholarship funds). There is a lot to a Community Foundation, and we encourage anyone who would like more information about ICCF to visit www.iccf-online.org or call our office at 1-877-354-6881. Some fast facts about ICCF: -Established in 1999, ICCF has given out $2.19 MILLION, directly to programs and projects in Iosco County, and for scholarships to its local students. -ICCF currently holds just over $5 million in assets, most of which is endowed to make sure Iosco County is supported FOREVER. -There are 46 different charitable funds benefiting Iosco County in all areas of interest, including environmental causes, youth, health, animals, education and the arts. -Many local nonprofits have partnered with ICCF through establishing their own fund at the Community Foundation. It’s a way to ensure they can carry out their mission forever. Anyone can give to these funds in any amount, at any time. ICCF exists because people who care about Iosco County’s communities give back to support them in perpetuity. To learn more about the Iosco County Community Foundation, visit www.iccf-online.org or contact any board member who would be happy to fill you in on what this great organization does in your community. More →

CF for Northeast MI

@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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@CFNEM • Jan 8

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate is looking for its next Philanthropist of the Year! Who do you know… https://t.co/MtQtZU5ug0

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@CFNEM • Jan 6

With the new snow, surely many northeast Michiganders are shouting, “Finally!” Two Community Foundation grants hav… https://t.co/FpOv3wJ6C0

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@CFNEM • Dec 27

Here’s a documentary you should check out: Filled with Native American storytelling, poetry, and a rich exploration… https://t.co/Y5FMGEAh6k

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@CFNEM • Dec 21

The next round of Community Impact and Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grants are due January 15. Check out the latest… https://t.co/KNiRckaMof

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@CFNEM • Dec 20

Check out these great photos of Art in the Loft's R.E.A.C.H. program! CFNEM’s Community Impact grant and Northeast… https://t.co/VxeMnGFTG5

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