Independent foundations are usually founded by one individual, often by bequest. The members from the founding family, if any, represent a minority of the board and do not control the board. Many large independent foundations are no longer governed by members of the original donor’s family but are run by boards made up of community, business and academic leaders. Independent foundations are occasionally termed "non-operating" because they do not run their own programs.
Current Membership Statistics:
CMF’s membership contains 44 independent foundations, representing 13% of the total active membership. Some of these members are the largest foundations in Michigan: the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, W.K. Kellogg Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; McGregor Fund; and The Skillman Foundation.