A fund or endowment designated by the Internal Revenue Service as a private foundation under the law, the primary function of which is the making of grants. The assets of most independent foundations are derived from the gift of an individual or family. Some function under the direction of family members and are known as “family foundations.”
Current Membership Statistics:
CMF’s membership contains almost 150 family foundations, representing over 40% of CMF's active membership.
CMF family foundation members have access to additional resources geared to the needs of families:
CMF provides many networking opportunites and educational programs for family foundations. Our signature event is the Family Foundations Retreat - a weekend retreat offered every other year for family foundation staff, trustees, and their families. The retreat focuses on issues unique to family foundations such as succession planning, next generation preparation, and donor intent, as well as a youth grantmaking activity for children from 5-17 years of age.
Ruth Rawlings Mott (1901-1999) was raised in El Paso, Texas. Her father was a family practice physician who served those in need on both sides of the border. Her mother was a businesswoman, kindergarten teacher, and founder of the El Paso YWCA.
Ruth went east to study physical education, became a teacher in the Baltimore Friends School, and returned to El Paso to open her own dance studio. It was there that she met and married Charles Stewart Mott and moved to his estate, Applewood, in Flint, Michigan. She became a mother, an active partner with her husband in the community, and prominent in her own right as a local leader, foundation trustee, and national philanthropist. She served as a trustee on the Board of the C.S. Mott Foundation from 1944 to 1975. Upon her death in 1999, the Ruth Mott Foundation was established to continue her philanthropic endeavors. [More...]
Tom Porter, President, Porter Family Foundation, embraces the mission and value of the Council of Michigan Foundations and has great vision for the potential of family philanthropy in Michigan. He joined the CMF Board of Trustees in 2007 and became the Vice Chair of Family Philanthropy in 2010.
The Porter Family Foundation was established in 1999 and joined CMF in 2003. In addition to Tom, trustees include his two children, Jessica and Jason. Part of the foundation’s mission is to serve as a vehicle for developing a tradition of family giving. [More...]
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