Learning Communities

CMF’s Learning Communities are opportunities for members to come together to learn, explore or test ideas around a specific topic or project.  

Learning communities can be short-term or long-term, depending on the needs of the members or duration of the project. Interested in joining a CMF learning community? Looking to form a new learning community? Contact Andrea Judd-Shurmur, Director, Learning Services.

Each Learning Community also has an associated Online Community that CMF members can join and communicate with colleagues.

 

SCHOLARSHIP LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • Purpose

    The purpose of the Council of Michigan Foundations' Scholarship Learning Community is to provide the opportunity for CMF members who grant academic scholarships to individuals to come together to learn from experts and each other about effective strategies for granting scholarships. This group discusses legal issues related to scholarship programs, ways to increase the effectiveness of the application process, how to increase the impact scholarships make on their communities, and many other relevant topics. This learning community is open to all CMF members working in this area.

  • Meetings

    The Scholarship Learning Community meets in-person once per year, typically in August. During this meeting the most relevant topics and challenges which attendees faced over the last year are discussed.

    There is also a Scholarship Listserv available to CMF Members where learning community members may stay in touch over the year to ask questions and seek advice or share resources.

    Leadership

    Each year, a small committee is formed to help plan the topics to be covered during the annual meeting, if you are interested in serving on this planning committee please contact Andrea Judd.

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LGBTQ FUNDERS

  • Purpose

    CMF members who currently have, or are interested in developing, an LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning) Fund at their foundation are invited to participate in the LGBTQ Funders Learning Community. Participants can learn from experts and each other about effective strategies for launching or growing LGBTQ Funds, current trends in the LGBTQ community, how to effectively build local LGBTQ philanthropy, what it takes to establish a strong LGBTQ Fund and more.

  • Meetings

    There will be an annual meeting held in the fall.

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GREAT LAKES FUNDER COLLABORATION

The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration (Collaboration) is comprised of more than 50 funders that annually grant more than $50 million to advance work on Great Lakes issues in the United States and Canada. Member funders work to improve their individual effectiveness and to identify ways they can work together to protect and improve the quality of the Great Lakes and its communities.

  • Purpose

    The purpose of the Collaboration is bring together funders across the United States and Canada interested in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. These funders are faced with many challenges and opportunities both in understanding and addressing this critical and complex system and the role they play, individually and collectively, in protecting and restoring it.

    Funders interested in joining are enthusiastically encouraged to complete this membership application. If you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact Diane Schrauth, Coordinator, [email protected].

  • Meetings

    The Collaboration meets annually. Additionally, the Collaboration periodically holds webinars and conference calls on topics of interest for funders. There are quarterly work group calls on water infrastructure, nutrient pollution and legacy pollutants/emerging contaminants.

    Please reach out to Diane Schrauth, Coordinator, for more details: [email protected].

  • Leadership

    The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration steering committee is comprised of funders from the United States and Canada. The steering committee includes:

    - Jon Beard, Great Lakes Fishery Trust
    - Elizabeth Cisar, Joyce Foundation (co-chair)
    - Steve Cole, Great Lakes Protection Fund
    - Melissa Damaschke, Erb Family Foundation
    - Pegi Dover, Environmental Funders Canada
    - Tim Eder, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
    - Vicki Elkin, Fund for Lake Michigan
    - Tim Ervin, Manistee County Community Foundation
    - Becky Ewing, Rotary Charities of Traverse City
    - Katie Levin, Crown Family Philanthropies
    - Stephen Love, Cleveland Foundation
    - Allie Urbanski, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (co-chair)

    Funders interested in joining are enthusiastically encouraged to complete this membership application. If you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact Diane Schrauth, Coordinator, [email protected].

CENSUS FUNDERS LEARNING COMMUNITY

  • Purpose

    CMF members who are supporting the Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign are invited to participate in the CMF Michigan Census Funders Learning Community. Participants will discuss progress on campaign implementation, Michigan's work in the context of national efforts, stories from the field and strategies to amplify the outcomes. Learn from each other and with experts working in this area.

  • Meetings

    The Census Funders Learning Community met via webinar in 2019. Dates and details for future meetings will be made available in the CMF events calendar.