The Michigan Philanthropy COVID-19 Working Group was formed as an ad hoc committee of CMF, working in alignment with the Government Relations Public Policy Committee, composed of 25 foundation leaders and partners collaborating to help connect, strengthen and mobilize the Michigan community of philanthropy in advancing collective responses to the pandemic. The Working Group was focused on advising and galvanizing our community of philanthropy’s immediate and long-term strategies to address both public health and economic disparities, especially those embedded in systemic racism, intensified by COVID-19.
The Working Group developed the Building an Equitable Future Together policy framework, which serves as a timely, focused and strategic platform to advance the interests and priorities of Michigan philanthropy in the face of multiple crises that Michiganders are facing. The framework is anchored by three policy domains: public health, education and economic prosperity. In alignment with those domains are action-oriented principles to help guide practices and policies now and in the future as we continue to center our work in equity.
Deeper knowledge and understanding of community and sector needs through deep partnership with the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
Representation on state task forces and commissions, including those addressing school readiness, racial equity and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
A state partnership to advance more equitable access to vaccines.
Clear paths to engage our community of philanthropy in collective action strategies to address short-term, intermediate and long-term inequities in Michigan.
New policies emerging from the state infused with equity.
The Working Group’s service concluded in April 2021. We are deeply thankful for their efforts:
Tonya Allen, (formerly) The Skillman Foundation
John Bebow, Center for Michigan
Teri Behrens, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Carolyn Bloodworth, Consumers Energy Foundation
Jim Boyle, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation
Andrea Cole, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation
Terry Gardner, Michigan Health Endowment Fund
Robb Gray, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Paul Hillegonds, Michigan Health Endowment Fund (Co-Chair)
Amy Hovey, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Gilda Jacobs, Michigan League for Public Policy
Helen Johnson, Michigan Municipal League Foundation
DJ Jones, Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation
Mike Larson, Michigan Association of United Ways
Darin McKeever, William Davidson Foundation
Kylee Mitchell-Wells, Ballmer Group, LLC
La June Montgomery Tabron, W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Co-Chair)
Donna Murray-Brown, Michigan Nonprofit Association
Roger Myers, Presbyterian Villages of Michigan
Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Kathleen Owsley, Bosch Community Fund
Diana Sieger, Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Marianne Udow-Phillips, Center for Health & Research Transformation
Ridgway White, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (Co-Chair)
Renee Williams, Huntington Bank
Statewide Equity Fund (SEF) Strategic Support Pilot
Through the guidance and recommendation of the COVID-19 Working Group and with support of CMF’s Board of Trustees, in July 2021 CMF launched the Statewide Equity Fund Strategic Support Pilot to serve as a collaborative vehicle for Michigan philanthropy, catalyzing opportunities to address systemic challenges laid bare by the pandemic. With leadership from co-chairs Melanca Clark, CMF trustee and president and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation and Diana Sieger, president and CEO of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, this fund empowers CMF members to strategically pool resources toward systems change efforts with an equity-centered approach, utilizing a co-investment model focused on the policy domains of public health, education and economic prosperity within CMF’s Building an Equitable Future Together policy framework.
Initially, we are engaged in exploratory efforts in these domains through a Statewide Equity Fund Strategic Support Pilot to inform the longer-term strategic efforts the Statewide Equity Fund can advance. This collaborative effort is bringing together CMF members in five regions to develop local approaches to help shape federal funding toward equity-centered approaches within the economic prosperity domain of the policy framework. The collaborative funding model has pooled $2 million in CMF member funds to provide the infrastructure needed to help support and guide the incoming federal funding.