ALPENA – Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan and its affiliated foundations will join in a national celebration, today through November 18, to recognize the increasingly important role these philanthropic organizations are playing in fostering collaboration and local innovation to address persistent civic and economic challenges.
For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource whose effect can be seen in the lives of millions and in the vibrant neighborhoods that continue to thrive through their mission-driven work. . Meanwhile, community foundations come together to share and reflect on impact stories from the past year.
“We are very grateful to every donor and volunteer who supports CFNEM and its affiliates,” said CFNEM CEO Patrick Heraghty. “The work of community foundations goes beyond the practice of giving. There is a tangible impact that can be seen in the lives of the people community foundations serve. We are more committed than ever to bringing together our community partners to meet the pressing needs of our communities.
Community foundations are independent public entities that manage the philanthropic resources of institutional and individual donors to support local nonprofit organizations and represent one of the fastest growing forms of philanthropy.
Here in northeast Michigan, CFNEM has awarded more than $51 million in community grants and scholarships since its inception. She also works alongside other Lake Huron shoreline community foundations through the Lake Huron Forever initiative to improve and ensure the health of our lake, which affects so much of our daily lives.
The Foundation’s Giving Tuesday Northeast Michigan campaign has raised more than $1 million to support local nonprofits, inspiring donations across the region. Giving Tuesday is always the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Particularly in the youth community, the Foundation’s Youth Advisory Councils, or YACs, have led grantmaking for programs that reach their peers, while learning about the important role philanthropy plays in the overall success of a community.
Community Foundation Week was established in 1989 by former President George HW Bush to recognize the work of community foundations across America and their collaborative approach to working with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to solve problems community.