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SACF Operations During COVID-19

As a result of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Community Foundation office will be closed until further notice. The best way to reach individual staff members during this time is via email. A directory of STAFF EMAILS can be found on our website. Voicemails left for individual staff may not be able to be returned immediately.

We are actively monitoring developments related to the COVID-19 outbreak and how it may impact our community. To get or give support to northeast Michigan during this crisis, learn about the new URGENT NEEDS FUND for our region.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the following sites:

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State of Michigan coronavirus site
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) COVID-19 site

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Happy Birthday to the Community Foundation! Today we turn 46 years old. Fun fact: The oldest Community Foundation in the U.S. is the Cleveland Foundation, which was established in 1914, 106 years ago.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Last minute reminder! Northeast Michigan Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) grant applications are due tomorrow, July 1. CFNEM Community Impact grant applications are due July 15. Nonprofits serving the counties of Alcona, Alpena, Montmorency and/or Presque Isle Counties are welcome to apply.

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Monday, June 29, 2020

Another "thank you" to share from friends in Presque Isle and Cheboygan Counties for an Urgent Needs Fund grant that put food on the table for our northern neighbors. Thank you to those who help make these grants possible!

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Here is a "thank you" from Crawford AuSable School's Grayling Viking Food Pantry. This group received grants from the Urgent Needs Fund for food for elementary and high school students and their families. Thank you to all who helped CFNEM make grants like this possible!

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

These guys know how important it is to be counted in the 2020 Census! It's safe, easy, and private. Come on northeast Michigan - be counted for our kids, and for everyone! https://www.census.gov/…/202…/2020-videos/veggie-tales.html…

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020

As we receive "thank you" notes from Urgent Needs Fund grantees, we want to pass along the appreciation to all those in our communities who have made these grants possible. Thank you for helping us meet urgent needs in northeast Michigan!

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Five new trustees were elected onto the CFNEM Board this month. Please help us give a warm welcome to Anne Belanger (Rogers City), Barb Mills (Alpena), Bryan Hall (Rogers City), Cliff Miller (East Tawas), and Leah Themel (Posen, Youth Trustee Elect). Welcome!

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Our Iosco County Community Foundation affiliate recently awarded over $12,000 in Community Improvement Grants specifically benefitting Iosco County. Take a look!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Let's make sure EVERYONE is counted! Because when everyone counts, everyone wins. #MiVoiceCounts #BeCountedNEMI

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

A complete count is so important, and affects the next ten years. Check out this "Counting for Dollars" list of 16 large scale programs and how much funding is currently allocated right here in Michigan. When everyone counts, everyone wins! #MIVoicecounts #Becountednorheastmichigan

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Thursday, June 11, 2020

These photos show our new Urgent Needs Fund at communities at work to help our neighbors through these difficult times. Here, workers at Church of the Straits food pantry in Mackinaw City distribute food and other items to those in need. A $3,000 Urgent Needs Fund and Straits Area Community Foundation YAC grant provided funding. Thank you to everyone helping to make these grants and projects possible!

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

We have a truly generous community! It is amazing what collective philanthropy can do to make a real impact close to home.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The fourth round of Urgent Needs Grants marks a total of $100,000 granted since the fund was created two months ago to help our neighbors during the COVID-19 economic fallout. This fourth round of grants totaling $25,000 includes:
• $5,000 to New Beginnings Hillman Area Resource Pantry to help with food costs;
• $5,000 to Presque Isle Food and Baby Pantry to help with food, personal items and baby necessities;
• $3,600 to Impact Ministries for a Hale area food pantry;
• $2,00...0 to Cheboygan County Habitat for Humanity for critical and/or emergency home repairs;
• $2,000 to Boys and Girls Club of Alpena for PPE, cleaning and hygiene items need to reopen the club;
• $1,500 to West Branch Caring Pregnancy Center for diapers, wipes and baby supply giveaways;
• $1,970 to Northern Family Intervention Services, Inc. for PPE and cleaning for home visits;
• $1,980 to Northeast Michigan Community Service Agency to assist with cost of PPE and sanitization for necessary home visits;
• $1,200 to Crawford AuSable School District for food, hygiene, cleaning items and clothing for students; and
• $750 to Ogemaw County Christian Fellowship for their food pantry.

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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Congratulations to all of the Foundation and its affiliates' 2020 YAC graduates from across northeast Michigan, from Alcona Community Schools, Alpena Public Schools, Atlanta Community Schools, Hillman Community Schools, Rogers City High School, Posen Consolidated High School, Onaway Area Community Schools, Mackinaw City High School Comets, Cheboygan Area High School, Wolverine Community Schools, Grayling High School, West Branch-Rose City Area Schools, Mio AuSable Schools, Fairview Area Schools, Oscoda Area Schools, Tawas Area Schools, Hale Area Schools and Whittemore-Prescott Area H.S.

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Monday, June 8, 2020

Grant opportunities! CFNEM is currently accepting grant applications for three different grants:
-CFNEM Community Impact grant applications are due July 15;
-Northeast MI Women's Giving Circle (WGC) grants are due July 1;
-Urgent Needs Fund grant applications are open with no specific deadline.

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For more information on our grants and to apply for funding, visit https://www.cfnem.org/grants/. Applications are open to 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, churches (for non-religious purposes) and government agencies in the CFNEM service area.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

For our North Central Michigan Community Foundation friends - check out NCMCF's 2019 Annual Report for a full list of donors, grants, scholarships and more. https://www.cfnem.org/ncmcf/about-us/2019-annual-report.html

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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

We want to wish a special "congratulations" to Jenna Peterson on her graduation! Jenna served two years as a youth trustee on the CFNEM Board and a member of the Youth Advisory Council (YAC), representing CFNEM and her youth community well. This video was shared at Alpena Public Schools' virtual awards night, and is a great glimpse into her time on YAC, and as a youth trustee. Congratulations Jenna!

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Monday, June 1, 2020

A 2019 grant from our North Central Michigan Community Foundation affiliate provided funding to improve access to this nonprofit's facility in Ogemaw County.

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@CFNEM • Oct 21

We love our YAC! And today, Alpena is filled with these awesome youth grantmakers from all across northeast Michiga… https://t.co/0KlmlKopG5

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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… https://t.co/Abrumr73yn

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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… https://t.co/fxOZvHryMv

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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… https://t.co/CCGSuxoUVM

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@CFNEM • Mar 26

Thank you so much to BAC and all that came out to support the WGC! https://t.co/OVvF74M7jR

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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! https://t.co/7HXr3ImCXW

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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… https://t.co/DlVKEIGpYy

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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… https://t.co/0YNKYPrve2

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@CFNEM • Mar 11

Reminder! Board Basics is on March 20 in West Branch! Register by Friday! https://t.co/t3ZFIKvIG7

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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… https://t.co/2UJ5l4yzeT

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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… https://t.co/1E6OUnm79F

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@CFNEM • Mar 1

Today is the final day to submit scholarship applications! https://t.co/a31uraRU3i

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@CFNEM • Feb 21

Congratulations to our North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) affiliate on winning the 2019 Visionary… https://t.co/WFxiMPUva5

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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… https://t.co/WNftEawRPP

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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… https://t.co/QOLPY3M7og

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@CFNEM • Feb 6

The perfect picture for such an icy day in northeast Michigan. Stay safe friends! https://t.co/UJkpBM08O3

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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… https://t.co/RvXPJNuCcW

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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… https://t.co/tagI3Gy5NX

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@CFNEM • Jan 24

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@CFNEM • Jan 9

We can't "love" this enough times"! https://t.co/oOResB4oDQ

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