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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

May is Leave a Legacy Month. Getting started on yours isn’t complicated. At the Community Foundation, anyone who has left the Foundation in their will is a member of our Legacy Society. August and Peggy Matuszak are both members, having established a fund and set up planned giving to fund it more through their will, leaving a legacy for public art in Alpena. How can we help you shape your legacy?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

If you've been thinking of registering for the upcoming One Water Gathering in Alpena, check out the optional field trips for Day 2!

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Our Straits Area Community Foundation is proud to be supporting this great program for kids through a Community Impact Grant to Cheboyan Opera House!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

With the help of a $2,500 Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) grant, the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps completed 5,025 community service hours on impactful projects like updating a community garden, creating a new trail at Norway Ridge, and building and installing wheelchair ramps with Habitat for Humanity. How cool!

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Community Foundation Fun Fact: Every county in Michigan is served by a Community Foundation. With nine counties in our service area including affiliates, we serve one of the largest geographic footprints in Michigan.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

1. We are a local organization with deep roots in the community. 2. Our staff has broad expertise regarding community issues and needs. 3. We provide highly personalized service tailored to each individual's charitable and financial interests. 4. Our funds help people invest in the causes they care about most. 5. We accept a wide variety of assets and can facilitate even the most complex forms of giving. 6. We partner with professional advisors to create highly effective approaches to charitable giving. 7. We offer maximum tax advantage under the federal law. 8. We multiply the impact of gift dollars by pooling them with other gifts and grants. 9. We build Endowment Funds that benefit the community forever and help create personal legacies. 10. We are a community leader, convening agencies and coordinating resources to create positive change.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) affiliate is seeking applications from nonprofits with health-care related programs benefitting residents of Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City for its 2022 Straits Area Health Care Grant. Applications are available at https://bit.ly/3rNFzdt and are due June 1st.

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Monday, May 2, 2022

May is Leave a Legacy Month, and a great time to consider your legacy through a gift to your community through a charity or cause that has special meaning to you. Naming a charity in your will is simple, and you can leave a set dollar amount, or simply a percentage of your will. Did you know estimates show that if everyone in northeast Michigan left just 5% of their estate in a charitable endowment, it would mean over $42 million EVERY YEAR for our communities by the year 2060? Check out our “5% for the Future” information and consider what your legacy will be. https://bit.ly/3n2AsCs

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Monday, May 2, 2022

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Monday, May 2, 2022

CFNEM is proud to support this youth art exhibit at Art in the Loft through a Youth Advisory Council grant. The exhibit can be seen through May 7th!

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Every one of the Community Foundation’s 500+ charitable funds and the gifts added to them by others are seeds planted by people who care about our communities and want to see them flourish. You need to plant the seeds to see the blooms.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Registration for this gathering is open!

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Monday, April 25, 2022

In 2021, our Straits Area Community Foundation affiliate awarded more than $81,000 in grants and scholarships for Cheboygan County and Mackinaw City. SACF also holds more than $3.76 million in assets specifically for the benefit of those communities. Check out the SACF 2021 Annual Report to learn more about its impact in the Straits Area. https://bit.ly/3wOLWR3 A special “thank you” to Citizens National Bank for their generous support of this publication to the community!

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Monday, April 25, 2022

Less than one week to take advantage of this gift opportunity for Mother's Day! https://bit.ly/3rGamc0

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Friday, April 22, 2022

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Mother’s Day is May 8 and we have a great idea for you! A donation to the Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) Fund in their honor makes a wonderful, lasting gift that truly has an impact on the community. If this sounds perfect for your mother/grandmother/aunt/sister/friend, we can make your gift even more special this year. For this Mother’s Day gift opportunity, make a minimum $25 donation to the WGC Fund by Saturday, April 30 and: 💜 we will provide a card like the one pictured here notifying your loved one of the donation made in their honor. (We do not disclose amounts.) We can mail the card to you so you can present it in person, or we can mail it directly to the honoree. 💜 Your special person will have their name listed on our website and in our 2022 Annual Report as an “in honor of” donation. 💜 For YOU, if this is your first donation to the Women’s Giving Circle Fund, your gift makes you a permanent member of the WGC! HOW TO MAKE YOUR MOTHER’S DAY GIFT DONATION: Go to https://bit.ly/3v50JFM to make your donation. Be sure to include the following information in the comments section: 💜 Name of person for whom you are giving the donation with how their name should appear on the card, on our website and in our annual report; 💜 Their address if you want us to mail the card directly to them OR your mailing address so we can get it to you. 💜 Be sure to include your preference of whether the card should be mailed to you, or to the honoree. $25 minimum donations for this opportunity must be made by April 30 to allow us enough time to get the card to your loved one.

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Friday, April 22, 2022

Today is Earth Day! Did you know CFNEM and its Affiliate Foundations hold many charitable funds established specifically for the purpose of protecting our local natural resources and supporting environmental protection projects and programs? A gift to any of these funds is a great way to celebrate Earth Day and help protect northeast Michigan’s valuable resources forever! -Alpena, Alcona, Montmorency and Presque Isle – https://bit.ly/3uP3ABl -Iosco County - https://bit.ly/3uOiKqM -Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda - https://bit.ly/3qSRMgg

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

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Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate awarded more than $178,000 in local grants and scholarships in Crawford, Ogemaw and Oscoda Counties in 2021. As an affiliate of CFNEM, we manage more than $7.5 million in assets benefitting that region. Check out the NCMCF 2021 Annual Report. https://bit.ly/3xghVto A special “thank you” to Weinlander Fitzhugh and Griffin Beverage Company for their generous support of this publication highlighting the work NCMCF is doing.

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@CFNEM • May 17

RT @HuronPines: Explore Lake Huron history, habitat and geology with an immersive One Water Gathering field trip. Field trips are filling…

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@CFNEM • May 16

A $2,500 Northeast MI Youth Advisory Council grant helped the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena Youth Volunteer Corps c… https://t.co/Nr4a9I4hPL

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@CFNEM • May 13

RT @TheAlpenaNews: Hubbard Lake Community Center fundraising progresses $12K dock raffle ticket drawing July 9 https://t.co/Q2vn4j3OLm http…

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@CFNEM • May 6

Our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) affiliate is seeking applications for health-care related programs ben… https://t.co/AX9aRDPFom

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@CFNEM • May 4

May is #LeaveALegacy Month, and a great time to consider your legacy through a gift to your community. Naming a cha… https://t.co/gQsVzkIJ39

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@CFNEM • May 2

Proud to support this great project with a Northeast Michigan Youth Advisory Council (NEMYAC) grants. #youthartists https://t.co/ByXihs0WaZ

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@CFNEM • Apr 27

In 2021, our Straits Area Community Foundation (SACF) affiliate awarded more than $81,000 in grants and scholarship… https://t.co/RIXjtegIFz

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@CFNEM • Apr 27

RT @HuronPines: Conference registration is live at https://t.co/6Mw3O7sMMS Join international participants to explore solutions, share bes…

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@CFNEM • Apr 25

Less than one week to take advantage of this gift opportunity for Mother's Day! https://t.co/ncZB2YdGhL #MothersDay… https://t.co/31lr7glEar

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@CFNEM • Apr 20

Applications for our Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) Grant are available online. Nonprofits serving Alcona, Alpena, Mon… https://t.co/9bVBLtqL3A

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@CFNEM • Apr 20

RT @michfoundations: We’re exploring new research which suggests that policies that aim to reduce poverty may lead to larger brains in chil…

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@CFNEM • Apr 18

More than $171,000 was awarded in grants and scholarships through our Iosco County Community Foundation in 2021. As… https://t.co/3u5EISZyTu

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@CFNEM • Apr 15

When you give to your local community foundation, your gift stays here to support the causes you care about most –… https://t.co/qss4rXeFVc

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@CFNEM • Apr 13

A better place. Those words take on more than just one meaning when reflecting upon the Community Foundation’s work… https://t.co/4h0lsnct6K

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@CFNEM • Apr 8

RT @TheAlpenaNews: Youth Advisory Council helps teens support youth issues https://t.co/ihQQmDQFWD https://t.co/MLhs3SB44f

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@CFNEM • Apr 4

Over $13,000 was recently granted for Iosco County youth programs. Projects include comfort care items for foster c… https://t.co/4NSSfcTf8r

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@CFNEM • Apr 1

Every three years, the Community Foundation and its Youth Advisory Councils conduct a survey to identify the top is… https://t.co/Hvbqtcx88M

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@CFNEM • Mar 30

RT @rural_exchange: The new tower will also include 19 prep and recovery rooms, flex rooms, as well as five new operating rooms. https://…

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@CFNEM • Mar 28

With the help of a Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle Grant, Thunder Bay Arts immersed over 250 Thunder Bay J… https://t.co/n3xTmNeE58

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@CFNEM • Mar 25

MyMichigan Medical Center Alpena recently received a $500,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Northeast Mic… https://t.co/5iyGT7eYXL

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