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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

The Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan (CFNEM) is accepting grant applications from nonprofits and community groups who can help “get out the count” for the upcoming 2020 U.S. Census. Up to $2,500 can be requested for projects and programs that will reach traditionally undercounted populations in northeast Michigan, helping to ensure a more complete count in our communities. Grants will be awarded for projects that help reach such populations as minorities, youth, families with young children, households with no internet access, senior citizens, homeless, homebound, immigrants, isolated individuals, low-income families, and other traditional hard-to-count populations. They may also be used to promote awareness and to create outreach activities centered on Census response. Visit to apply. More →

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

The leaves are still green, but if you're involved with a nonprofit, it's time to start thinking about Giving Tuesday! Applications for participation in the Community Foundation's Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan event are available now at Applications are due by September 25. #GivingTuesdayNEMI More →

Thursday, August 22, 2019

School may be starting soon, but there's still plenty of summer left! Why not plan a road trip...Community Foundation style?! CFNEM and its three affiliate foundations touch every corner of northeast Michigan. Check out our Community Foundation road trip, and see how you can explore our incredible region through the lens of giving back! #CommunityFoundationRoadTrip More →

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

It's always incredible to see how our community shows up to support our youth! Thanks for supporting the Foundation's YAC! More →

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

For anyone involved with a nonprofit, here's an opportunity you won't want to miss! We are proud to support these Nonprofit Marketing sessions through the Regional Nonprofit Leaders Series. Choose from two dates and two locations. Register through Huron Pines at More →

Sunday, August 18, 2019

The Community Foundation is proud to be a funder for McLaren Northern Michigan’s Oncology Nurse Navigator Program, which helps newly diagnosed cancer patients. A significant number of people in the CFNEM and its affiliate service areas utilize McLaren’s facilities as patients. More →

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Great memories and educational too! These students from northern Michigan took on the challenge of an authentic curriculum via international travels to Germany, Austria and Switzerland this summer. Their trip included pre-travel lessons in European culture and safety, and ended with unique learning experiences the students will never forget. A Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (YAC) grant supported this project. More →

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

From our Iosco County affiliate... More →

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

You may see “YAC” a lot in our posts. But what is YAC? Across northeast Michigan, over 200 young people serve in our Youth Advisory Councils (or YACs) as youth grantmakers. The decisions they make on grant funding touch nearly every corner of our service area, all supporting their fellow youth. They represent 19 different schools, nine counties, and over $150,000 in annual grantmaking. It’s one of the largest programs of the Community Foundation, and is building future generations of philanthropists. And what’s with YAC members Jenna Peterson and Evan Carlson holding a yak? Well, you’ll find out in good time. 😉🐃 More →

Monday, July 29, 2019

Two staff members of the Northern Michigan Children’s Assessment Center (NMCAC) recently attended a national training in Boston, Mass. to learn skills they can use to better support and treat victims of child sexual abuse, as well as to provide community education centered on trauma. It's not fun to think or talk about, but the need is very real and significant in our communities. Hats off to NMCAC for their work to help children in northeast Michigan, and to the youth in our North Central Michigan Community Foundation Youth Advisory Council (YAC) who recognize the need, and supported this training through a YAC grant. More →

Thursday, July 25, 2019

This summer, the Onaway Cardinals took on Washington D.C.! Students from Onaway High School were able to tour our nation's Capitol with the help of a grant from the Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (YAC). More →

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Talk about an organization that does so much for so many! The Friends Together Alpena family fun day was a great success and touched the lives of those who attended. We are proud to have supported this project through a grant from the CFNEM Community Impact Fund. More →

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Have you seen this boat from the Great Lakes Lore Maritime Museum in any of the recent northeast Michigan parades? A $2,000 CFNEM Community Impact grant from the United Communities of Presque Isle Fund provided funding for the trailer to haul around the display. ⛵️ More →

Monday, July 22, 2019

We are so excited that Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union has chosen the Community Foundation's Youth Advisory Councils (YAC) to support this quarter! When we grow the next generation of philanthropists, everyone wins. More →

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 →

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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…