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Equity: is Your Foundation Ready to Invest in Building Opportunity for All?

Research shows that one of the greatest impediments to a prosperous future for all of Michigan’s people is unequal access to resources. To help foundation leaders and their boards begin essential conversations about marginalized populations and determine the extent to which their organization’s culture and grantmaking practices are aligned with a commitment to expanding opportunity in the communities they serve, CMF developed this discussion guide and self-assessment.







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CMF/JCP Grantmaking Series

For the second year in a row, the Council of Michigan Foundations is pleased to partner with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to offer the Grantmaking Series, a practitioner-led learning series that teaches the techniques of effective grantmaking to both new and seasoned foundation professionals. The sessions are highly practical, academically rigorous, and designed to be as accessible and affordable as possible. Participants who complete the series will receive a Certificate of Completion. This year, we will offer five live and five on-demand webinars (1.5 hours each). To qualify for the Certificate of Completion, participants of the 2015 Grantmaking Series Read more





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Peer Action Learning Network

As a part of CMF’s Transforming Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity & Inclusion initiative, the Peer Action Learning Network is an expert-led, 11 month engagement series designed to strengthen participant foundations’ capacity in diverse and inclusive leadership, management and grantmaking.





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Michigan Foundation Directory, 18th Edition

The Council of Michigan Foundations, in partnership with the Foundation Center, is pleased to offer the 18th edition of the Michigan Foundation Directory.  This invaluable resource for grantseekers provides: Updated and streamlined information in the 1,500+Michigan foundations accepting grant applications Key facts on Michigan grantmakers Tips on researching funders A sample grant application form NEW:  This edition is available as a searchable, downloadable PDF only.  You will be provided with a link to download the Michigan Foundation Directory when you’ve completed the purchase. This publication is non-refundable and non-returnable.





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Landscape Scan: Building Diverse and Inclusive Foundations, Lessons from Michigan

This document synthesizes themes and highlights examples and lessons from the Knowledge Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Philanthropy: The Michigan Experience convened by the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Diversity in Philanthropy Project on March 2‐4, 2009 in Detroit and pre‐symposium interviews with approximately 20 Michigan foundations and 17 national content experts. The Symposium was the launch of CMF’s five‐year Transforming Michigan Philanthropy Through Diversity and Inclusion initiative.





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Family Foundation Events

The Council of Michigan Foundations sets aside a section of its website to provide descriptions and videos from a variety of Family Foundation Events. There are examples of networking opportunites and educational programs for family foundations. Event highlights and links for more information are offered for further exploration.





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Conflicts of Interest at Foundations: Avoiding the Bad and Managing the Good

This publication will guide board members and foundation managers in defining conflicts of interest, identifying which transactions are absolutely prohibited and which are permissible if properly handled, and developing a conflict-of-interest policy that protects foundations, board members, and foundation managers by taking self interest out of the decision-making process. Additionally, a sample conflict-of-interest policy and disclosure questionnaire for foundations is provided. For foundations, the bottom line is this: Conflicts of interest should either be avoided or managed in such a way that the foundation and its board and managers are protected from liability or unwelcome publicity. By answering the following Read more