Transforming MI Philanthropy Through Diversity and Inclusion (TMP) is a six-year initiative (2008-2013) designed to increase the effectiveness of organized philanthropy in Michigan.
Over the past 25 years, organized philanthropy has examined and debated the rationale for diversity and inclusion in response to: changing demographics of our nation and the communities served by foundations; recognition of the connection between understanding the unique perspectives of those communities and effective strategies for addressing their needs; pressure from Congress and the media for greater accountability and transparency; and encouragement and support from infrastructure organizations such as CMF.
In recognition of this growing awareness and need for change within the philanthropic sector, CMF, as part of its 2001 strategic planning process involving more than 250 individuals (CMF trustees, members from community, corporate, family and independent foundations and corporate giving programs and CMF staff), began defining its commitment to diversity and inclusion and encouraging members to make a similar commitment (Phase 1). This commitment – grounded in the connection between diversity and inclusion and foundation effectiveness and accountability – is reflected in board actions taken between 2002 and 2009.
TMP responds to the CMF Board’s:
Be a catalyst for positive social change to transform Michigan communities
To increase the effectiveness of organized philanthropy in Michigan.
The CMF Board guides TMP through its Governance Committee which is informed by an Advisory Committee of trustees, members and partners. The Governance and Advisory Committees are chaired by Trustee Carol Goss, president and CEO, The Skillman Foundation. Sterling Speirn, president & CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation also serves co-chair of the TMP Advisory Committee.
The TMP initiative is co-led by Kimberly Burton, vice president for corporate services and director of inclusive practices and Vicki Rosenberg, vice president, education, communications and external relations.
In January 2010, CMF announced the establishment of a CMF Diversity & Inclusion Scholar in Residence position and its selection of Dr. Lynn Perry Wooten to serve in that role. Dr. Wooten, associate clinical professor, Ross School of Business and co-director, Center for Positive Organizational Scholarship, University of Michigan. Dr. Wooten will provide advice and counsel to CMF on all aspects of TMP.
Inclusive philanthropic organizations seek out and consider the perspectives of diverse individuals to overcome current and historic systemic barriers and exclusion thus ensuring that all individuals have equitable opportunity to participate in society and philanthropy.
Diverse individuals are from different genders, national origins, ethnicities, races, cultures, generations, religions, economic backgrounds, gender identities and sexual orientations, and possess different skills, abilities, lifestyles and beliefs.
2010 - Second Implementation Year Priorities - (Download summary)
Contact Kimberly Burton, vice president for corporate services and director of inclusive practices at 313.566.2444