Affinity Groups

CMF’s issue-driven, public policy-focused affinity groups help to lead and support collaborative philanthropic response to Michigan’s most critical needs in key issue areas.

In addition to affinity groups, we also have several Learning Communities at CMF focused on specific areas of philanthropy. These learning communities may or may not include a focus on policy and advocacy in their work. Learn more about our learning communities.

CMF Affinity Groups:

  • Convene members for learning, networking and knowledge exchange
  • Catalyze change on critical needs in their respective issue areas
  • Are represented on the CMF Public Policy Committee
  • Collaborate on funding and action to maximize collective voice
  • Each has its own online community for continued conversation with your colleagues

In addition to the CMF affinity groups outlined below, CMF leads Learning Communities around topical areas of interest to our members.

Arts Affinity Group (AAG)

The CMF Arts Affinity Group (AAG) creates a learning community in which arts funders share ideas, research, and resources, network and invite arts and culture leaders to present in unique learning opportunities. AAG establishes regional cooperation, collaboration, and identity by convening regional arts leaders and supporters.  
View the Arts Afinity Group online community

Michigan Grantmakers in Aging (MGIA)

Michigan Grantmakers in Aging (MGIA) connects grantmakers throughout the state who fund programs and projects in communities for all ages. Meetings and events provide opportunities for members to network, share successes and challenges in their work, and work towards a model of collective impact in the aging field.  
View the Michigan Grantmakers in Aging online community

Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP)

The Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP) is dedicated to encouraging philanthropy leaderships with the African American community, and supporting an emerging public policy agenda. MFAAP provides opportunities designed to help members grow and learn together through professional development, networking and educational seminars.
View the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy online community

Michigan Grantmakers for Women & Girls (MGWG)

Michigan Grantmakers for Women & Girls (MGWG) provides leadership to Michigan’s philanthropic community to help understand the importance of using a gender lens to address the complexity of social issues, to be effective grantmakers, and to promote equitable opportunities.
View the Michigan Grantmakers for Women & Girls online community

Michigan Land Use Funders (MLUF)

The Michigan Land Use Funders (MLUF) is a network of funders of varying size, type and scope across the state who provide support to land use-related projects that encompass a wide range of cross-cutting issues and interests, including environmental protection, land acquisition, urban revitalization, historic preservation, environmental justice and more.
View the Michigan Land User Funders online community

P-20 Education Affinity Group

P-20 Education Affinity Group convenes around pressing issues that impact Michigan’s students and educational systems. Responses range from taking policy positions, to meeting with government officials, to collaboratively funding projects to catalyze positive impact for Michigan communities.
View the P-20 Education Affinity Group online community

Rural Philanthropy Affinity Group

The Rural Philanthropy Affinity Group connects grantmakers throughout the state who fund programs and projects in rural communities. Through learning opportunities, participants expand the range of strategies and roles that grantmakers will consider to invest in rural people, places and economies.
View the Rural Philanthropy Affinity Group online community

Health Funders Affinity Group

The Health Funders Affinity Group connects grantmakers throughout the state who fund programs and projects with a health focus.
View the Health Funders Affinity Group online community

Human Resources Affinity Group

The Human Resources Affinity Group is an emerging affinity group designed to connect those supporting human resources development in their organization (be it HR professionals, trustees or other staff) and those seeking to advance policy and practice in areas of equity and employment.
View the Human Resoruces Affinity Group online community