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.
Our affinity groups offer members the opportunity to:
- Convene with colleagues in-person for learning, networking and knowledge exchange
- Catalyze change on critical needs in their respective issue areas
- Be represented on the CMF Public Policy Committee
- Collaborate on funding and action to maximize collective voice
- Connect virtually for continued conversation, thanks to each affinity group's online community
Explore Affinity Groups
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.
Green and Blue Network
The Green and Blue Network is an action-oriented affinity group comprised of all CMF foundation member types. Members come together to learn from experts and each other about leading environmental issues and how to make more effective and intentional environmental grants, impact environmental policy and leverage grant dollars.
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.
Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP)
The Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP) is dedicated to encouraging philanthropy leadership 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.
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.
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.
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.
Health Funders Affinity Group
The Health Funders Affinity Group connects grantmakers throughout the state who fund programs and projects with a health focus.
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.
In addition to affinity groups, we also have several Learning Communities focused on specific areas of philanthropy. These learning communities may or may not include a focus on policy and advocacy in their work.