The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan has three affiliate foundations:
Through a challenge grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, administered by the Council of Michigan Foundations, CFNEM had an opportunity to expand its boundaries and get a 2:1 match for every dollar we raised for the new affiliates. In less than eighteen months the Straits Area Community Foundation raised more than $200,000 to receive $100,000 for a Kellogg Youth Endowment Fund. In that same time period the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) raised more than $2 million for a $1 million match from Kellogg. The Iosco County Community Foundation’s portion of the original $1 million Kellogg grant was approximately $300,000.
Although each affiliate raises their own funds, which benefit their own geographic territory, all funds raised by the affiliates are legally the property of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan. CFNEM is responsible for all accounting and reporting. Each affiliate has their own committees and boards of directors. These affiliate committees and boards make grant and disbursement recommendations to the CFNEM Board of Trustees, which has the legal authority to approve all disbursements of funds. One representative from each affiliate is a voting member of the CFNEM Board of Trustees.
By creating these affiliates CFNEM now serves nine counties, virtually all of northeast Michigan. With new connections and collaborations CFNEM is able to reach out and help more of the residents of northeast Michigan than ever before.