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Giving Tuesday 2018

Northeast Michigan Donors Raise Over $156,000 for Local Nonprofits on Giving Tuesday

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Friday, November 30, 2018

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

A HUGE "thank you" to everyone who gave yesterday on #GivingTuesdayNEMI! Each and every gift helped make the day a success for the participating nonprofits. We are working hard at our offices to get the online and walk-in gifts processed and a final total for the day, which will be announced on Friday. Please stay tuned to find out how BIG northeast Michigan turned out for its communities! More →

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Head on over to! 4 more hours to give back for Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

There is still time left to make your gift count TODAY for Giving Tuesday! Please tell your friends and family about this great opportunity to give back to the place we all love so much! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

TODAY is Giving Tuesday! From 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. you can make a gift to any of the 10 Iosco County nonprofits (plus 50 others!) participating in our #GivingTuesdayNEMI online event! Visit to make your donation TODAY! Our nonprofits do incredible work and truly need your support. Please consider a donation today, and help us celebrate the giving season! More →

Monday, November 26, 2018

Isn’t he handsome? Isn’t he lovely? Grant, the Giving Tuesday Golden Goose’s 2018-19 residency is up for grabs! Grant will spend the year with the nonprofit that raises the most money TOMORROW, November 27, through the Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan campaign. Be sure to visit tomorrow to support the Iosco County nonprofits or causes closest to your heart! #givingtuesdaynemi #grantthegoldengoose More →

Monday, November 26, 2018

After a time of sales, deals and shopping, let's break out the philanthropic spirit and GIVE, GIVE, GIVE! Tomorrow you can support one or more of 60 nonprofits participating in #GivingTuesdayNEMI! Let's make November 27 the biggest local day of giving yet! 10 local nonprofits are participating in this Community Foundation sponsored event, which starts at midnight at! More →

Sunday, November 25, 2018

The countdown is on! Giving back starts on November 27 at! 10 nonprofits from Iosco County are participating this year! Is your favorite nonprofit one of them? A favorite cause perhaps? We're 2 days away! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #givingtuesday More →

Saturday, November 24, 2018

We’ve been asked, “Why doesn’t the Community Foundation let itself participate on Giving Tuesday?” Well, this year we are! For 2018, we are including the Iosco County Community Improvement Fund and the Iosco County Kellogg Youth Funds in Giving Tuesday. A donation to the Community Improvement Fund helps the Foundation to meet needs in Iosco County as they change year to year, and your donation will make a difference in perpetuity. The same is true of a donation to the Iosco County Kellogg Youth Fund, which provides grants for youth programs through our YAC program, which teaches young people about philanthropy and the importance of giving back through the grantmaking process. The bottom line? The more money in these funds, the more we can give out in grants, FOREVER, to support hundreds of nonprofits and worthy causes in Iosco County. We hope you might consider a donation to one of these funds on Giving Tuesday! #GivingTuesdayNEMI #TheBiggestImpact More →

Thursday, November 22, 2018

From all your friends at the Iosco County Community Foundation! More →

Monday, November 19, 2018

Last year, we let you know how our local youth overwhelmingly reported that “stress issues” and “mental health” were among the top areas where they feel help is needed for their peers. Our Youth Advisory Council is aiming to direct funding to these issues through their grantmaking. And THAT is one of the reasons why the Community Foundation has elected to have the Iosco County YAC be part of #GivingTuesdayNEMI this year! Donations to this ICCF program, whether on Giving Tuesday or any time of the year, mean more money can go toward addressing these problems for our kids. More →

Monday, November 19, 2018

Last year, Grant the Golden Goose was unveiled, and now goes each year to the organization that raises the most money on Giving Tuesday. In 2017, the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) took ownership of him. But now, Grant’s residency is up for grabs! Julie Wiesen is set on keeping Grant at the Community Foundation for the WGC, but we know some others who want this goose! (Isn’t he regal?) #handsoffmygoose #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Attention to all of our Iosco County followers! Check out these great nonprofits from Iosco County, any and each of which you can support on November 27 through Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan at! #givingtuesdaynemi AuSable Valley Audubon Fish Inc Oscoda Friends of the East Tawas Library Friends of Tawas Point Lighthouse and State Park Iosco County Community Foundation Community Improvement Grant Program Iosco County Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Iosco Exploration Trail Pine River Watershed Ascension Foundation Sunrise Side Lifelong Learning Quota International of Iosco County Witz End (WE Players, Inc.) More →

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Today is National Philanthropy Day! It doesn’t take all the money in the world to be a philanthropist. It takes a caring heart, a charitable spirit, and an effort to make your community better in some way. At the Iosco County Community Foundation, we believe EVERYONE can be a philanthropist, and for that, we celebrate today! More →

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan is November 27 – just 2 weeks away! For that 24-hour period, we hope you will support the many nonprofit organizations in our communities whose staff, volunteers and donors give each and every day to make where we live, the place we love to be! 10 nonprofits from Iosco County are participating at Yay! #GivingTuesdayNEMI More →

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Save the date! Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018 is right around the corner. Will you help us make November 27 the biggest day of local giving yet? #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Monday, October 29, 2018

This story embodies the spirit of philanthropy! These three men - Keith Charters, John Kulhavi and Dennis Fuerst – were members of the first Whittemore-Prescott High School football team in 1957. Now, more than sixty years later, these same three men joined forces to establish the Whittemore-Prescott Education Foundation (WPEF), pulling in W-P alumni Gary Gillings and W-P Superintendent Joe Perrera. At a recent football game, the three former football team members conducted the coin toss at the W-P/Alcona game to help raise awareness of WPEF, whose goal is to enhance the educational experience for students at Whittemore-Prescott Area Schools through its grants. It’s a venture that is already benefiting these students through classroom technology, a robotics program and a watershed testing program. Learn more about this grass-roots effort through the Whittemore-Prescott Education Foundation. More →

Monday, October 1, 2018

Congratulations to the Iosco Exploration Trail on their official groundbreaking ceremony! Community members in Iosco County have worked tirelessy to bring this dream closer to reality! More →

Monday, September 10, 2018

Heads up to our Iosco County nonprofit friends...It may only be September, but Giving Tuesday will be here in the blink of an eye! The Community Foundation is accepting applications until September 24th from nonprofits that would like to participate in Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan 2018 on November 27. To be eligible, the applying nonprofit must: -be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, or a school, church, or government agency; -have an active AND current Facebook page; -serve at least one county in the CFNEM service area (Alcona, Alpena, Cheboygan, Crawford, Iosco, Montmorency, Ogemaw, Oscoda, Presque Isle). There are ten spots available to organizations serving Iosco County. Let's fill them! Organizations will be reviewed based on application, social media review, previous participation, and then by lottery. Get an application for your nonprofit here: #givingtuesdaynemi More →

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Iosco County nonprofits! This is a great opportunity for ANYONE who works to tell your organization's story, and not too far from home. Take a look! More →

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our community is fortunate to have the new Iosco Children’s Assessment Center. Since opening, the office has interviewed over 50 children regarding concerns of child abuse and neglect. While this is alarming and heartbreaking, it is also evidence of how much a facility like this is needed in our communities to support children and families. The Iosco County Community Foundation provided funding through the Youth Advisory Council (YAC) program to purchase furnishings for the interview room. “Being able to establish a family friendly environment for children when there are allegations of child abuse and neglect is an important outcome of this project,” said Rebecca Yuncker. “When children are interviewed in this environment they are more likely to disclose abuse, allowing us to hold offenders accountable and get children the help they need to heal from their abuse.” Thank you to the Northern Michigan Children's Assessment Center and all of the community members who worked hard to bring these services to Iosco County. More →

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

This is a really cool project for Iosco County! The completion of a trappers’ cabin at Lumberman’s Monument near Oscoda, Mich. is not only providing an interactive educational experience for its visitors; it is also creating a legacy for retired Forest Service employee Robert Reames. Mr. Reames donated the cabin to Lumberman’s Monument to be used for youth educational experiences. Sadly, Mr. Reames passed away shortly after making the donation, but his legacy lives on through the help of volunteers, grants and community organizations who have all pitched in to finish the cabin and make it ready for public enjoyment. Check out these great photos! If you’re looking for a fun weekend outing, why not head to Lumberman’s Monument to check out this cabin, as well as the other exhibits and beautiful views! More →

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@CFNEM • Dec 14

Lucky for Jeff it's not AS cold today!

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@CFNEM • Dec 13

Here come the materials for new fencing for the Ogemaw County Parks and Rec Department! A $1,000 grant through our…

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@CFNEM • Dec 11

While this podcast was recorded pre-Giving Tuesday, there’s still plenty of laughs, favorite Christmas songs and ta…

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@CFNEM • Dec 11

This year the Alpena City Band celebrated its 100th Year – congrats to them! We just received these cool pictures o…

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@CFNEM • Nov 30

WOW, WOW, WOW!! Today we announced to a roomful of excited and passionate nonprofit representatives that over $156,…

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@CFNEM • Nov 24

We’ve been asked, “Why doesn’t the Community Foundation let itself participate on Giving Tuesday?” Well, this year…

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@CFNEM • Nov 19

Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan...see what it's all about!

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@CFNEM • Nov 17

Last year, we let you know how our local youth overwhelmingly reported that “stress issues” and “mental health” wer…

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@CFNEM • Nov 8

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@CFNEM • Nov 6

This looks like fun! Kids in our North Central Michigan region were able to experience the great outdoors and learn…

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@CFNEM • Nov 5

A year ago, we shared the “First Million Goal” by 2020 for the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC). 365…

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@CFNEM • Nov 4

Northeastern Michiganders know that our communities have bucket-loads of hidden gems around every corner. Alcona Co…

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@CFNEM • Nov 2

This story embodies the spirit of philanthropy! These three men - Keith Charters, John Kulhavi and Dennis Fuerst –…

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@CFNEM • Oct 31

As uncomfortable as it is to think about, human trafficking is happening all around us. Kudos to the Human Traffick…

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@CFNEM • Oct 25

Take a closer look at why these Presque Isle lighthouses need our communities' support.

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@CFNEM • Oct 24

The Community Foundation was honored to accept a $15,000 donation yesterday for the establishment of the Presque Is…

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@CFNEM • Oct 19

Why is the Community Foundation supporting a nonprofit in Grand Rapids? THIS is why. Little Easton Ortiz, of Wolver…

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@CFNEM • Oct 16

This is a great blog post about the many ways teens in the Alpena area can get involved in their communities, doing…

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@CFNEM • Oct 10

We want to give heartfelt congratulations to Rob Collier, outgoing president of the Council of Michigan Foundations…

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@CFNEM • Oct 10

How lucky we are to have Northern Michigan's only professional theater in Alpena, and serving all of northeast Mich…