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The North Central Michigan Community Endowments - Your Biggest Impact, and Why it Matters

Your Biggest Impact

Monday, July 15, 2019

Any project that can unite students, parents, school staff and the community is a winner! Alpena Public Schools' United Through a Book project did just that. A $2,000 CFNEM grant helped fund this project, which encouraged family reading, at-home projects and parental involvement. More →

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Have you seen the new “American Dogs” art sculpture yet? If not, check it out at the Alpena dog park. CFNEM is a supporter of this project, and the Art Vision Alpena Endowment Fund is held at the Community Foundation, which is being built to install and support the upkeep of the sculptures in perpetuity. More →

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Over $500,000 is being awarded in scholarships to local students this year! We congratulate each and every award recipient, and we thank all of the donors who have made these scholarships possible! We also want to extend a “thank you” to every scholarship committee member who takes on the difficult task of deciding on awards from a pool of truly amazing students. More →

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Happy Birthday to…the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan! Today we celebrate CFNEM’s 45th year! In the past four and a half decades, donations from donors and the stewardship of the gifts entrusted to the Foundation have resulted in $42.3 MILLION in grants to our communities. And THAT is something to celebrate. We’re here for GOOD. 🎂 More →

Monday, July 1, 2019

Cheers to this great group of Straits Area Community Foundation board members! Beth Carusi, Ali Hubbard and Linda Moline represented SACF at a recent Business After Hours event for the Mackinaw City Chamber of Commerce with Audie’s Restaurant and Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum. These three ladies and all of our SACF board care deeply for their communities, and it shows in every way they support their Foundation. More →

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Last weekend, four Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members from Ogemaw County (in our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate) attended the annual Youth Summer Leadership Conference. Surrounded by other YACers from across Michigan and beyond, they learned and experienced in-depth what makes youth philanthropy so important, and the ways their grantmaking can help shape the world right around them. Thanks for representing Anna Myers, Alyssa Roe, Grace Nowakowski, Kylee Sciotti, Chelsea Morris and Kara LeMonds! More →

Friday, June 28, 2019

Reminder! Three separate grant applications are coming up quick! ⌛️ June 30 – North Central Michigan CF Community Impact Grants (for Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties) ⏳ July 1 – Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle Grants ⏳ July 15 – CFNEM Community Impact Grants If you are a nonprofit with a project that needs funding, don’t miss out on submitting your application! More →

Friday, June 28, 2019

We are so glad that four of our YAC members, one advisor, and a staff member were able to attend this incredible conference! More →

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate recently welcomed two new board members. Thank you to Elizabeth Steinhurst, of West Branch, and Angela Miller, of Grayling, for signing on to help your communities become a better place FOR GOOD through the Community Foundation! More →

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A new quilt for the Alcona Quilt Trail Project will go up soon at Cedar Brook Trout Farm in Harrisville. A CFNEM grant provided funds for supplies for this newest addition to the trail, which brings to Alcona a large number of tourists who follow the increasingly popular quilt trails across the state and nation. The group recently held a "painting party" to get the newest square ready for installation. More →

Monday, June 17, 2019

“Today was the best day ever. I can’t remember having this much fun at school.” Real words from Oscoda Area Schools students. A grant from our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate provided funds for a fun day as a reward for doing well on MSTEP and NWEA tests. Organizers say the most important outcome of this project was that it really seemed to provide the incentive the children needed to put in a tremendous effort. Kudos to the teacher in the dunk tank! More →

Friday, June 14, 2019

This matters...a lot. According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children in Michigan struggles with hunger. More →

Thursday, June 13, 2019

These YACers from Alpena had a great time hosting a recent "bowl-a-thon", raising some funds to add to their Kellogg Youth Fund. Any donations into the Kellogg Youth Funds at the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan, or for any of its affiliate foundations, helps our Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members give away more and more in grants to youth programs every year! #hereforGOOD More →

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Congratulations to Thunder Bay Theatre on their new lobby! look so dapper. 💙🧡 More →

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Our Iosco County Community Foundation (ICCF) affiliate recently awarded over $14,000 through a new round of Community Improvement grants. And several of these grants reflect an effort to address issues at their root causes. Some of these include: - $4,940 to Pegasus Springs Therapeutic Riding Center to kick start Project Pegasus, a therapeutic riding program for children and adults with cognitive, physical and emotional disabilities - $2,530 to FISH Inc. Oscoda for the Bridges Out of Poverty community training program - $1,000 to Develop Iosco for the Iosco Think Tank - $2,000 to Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association for the Northern Michigan Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education Initiative Check out the full list of 2019 grants at More →

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

A $5,000 Community Impact grant from CFNEM provided the funds necessary to purchase 12 new life rings, rope and protective cases for the Rogers City marina. These and other safety equipment are vital supplies for any marina, and the City struggled with how it could afford to replace the rings before securing this grant. With boating season here, that's good news! More →

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Grant deadline announcement! Applications for the 2019 round of Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grants are due July 1st! Nonprofits serving Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and Presque Isle Counties, and which have projects and programs addressing issues important to women, are invited to apply for up to $2,500 in funding. Applications are available at under the “grants” tab. You can also contact Julie Wiesen at our office for more information. More →

Monday, June 3, 2019

Check out these fun pics of Hillman High School students working in their school orchard! A $1,000 Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant provided funding to help complete this garden space, which was started in 2016 as an organic orchard. The project provides students with ongoing education on sustaining and maintaining fruit trees, harvesting and preserving produce, and has provided nutritious food for school breakfasts, lunches and fundraisers. More →

Saturday, June 1, 2019

For our friends in Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties: GRANT DEADLINE COMING UP! The 2019 North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) Community Impact grant applications are due June 30. Nonprofit organizations, churches, schools, hospitals and government agencies are welcome to apply for up to $2,500 in funding for charitable projects serving our NCMCF affiliate service area. Applications can be found online at More →

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

“Girls on the Run taught me how to be a good friend.” Such an important lesson to come from the 2018-19 Girls on the Run Sunrise Side program! A $3,000 CFNEM Community Impact grant supported this program, which boasts 120 girls participating, 1,500 volunteer hours, and priceless life lessons. More →

Friday, May 24, 2019

BIG “congratulations” to our graduating Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Members from across all of northeast Michigan! These 36 YACers from the Mackinac Bridge to Whittemore have helped make a difference in the lives of their peers through youth grantmaking. Thank you to all of them for their work, and we wish you luck! More →

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

We want to give a big welcome to the three newest members of our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) Board of Directors! Our affiliate foundation is glad to have you supporting the work in Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. Thank you Alexandra Hubbard, Polly Schneider and Lindsey Gardner! More →

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

There are still a few spots left for this valuable training tomorrow in Gaylord! More →

Monday, May 20, 2019

It's back! More →

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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"!

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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…