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June 12, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

State Officials: Welcoming Immigrants Makes Good Dollars and Cents

This week our state’s Office for New Americans will share the economic perspective on how immigrants are positively impacting our state and why they’re critical to addressing current challenges our state is facing, including our shrinking workforce, at an event in South Haven. 

As CMF reported last fall, Michigan’s Office for New Americans shared an economic report on immigrants’ contributions to grow our state’s economy.

A couple of highlights include:

  • Immigrant-owned businesses generated $608.4 million in business income in 2014.

  • Immigrants earned $19.6 billion in Michigan in 2014, after taxes that equals $14.2 billion in spending power.

  • Immigrants were responsible for creating or preserving almost 27,000 manufacturing jobs in Michigan in 2010.

  • In 2014, “almost one out of every six agriculture workers in Michigan was born abroad,” demonstrating the contributions immigrants make in our rural farming communities to an industry that contributes more than $4 billion to Michigan’s economy every year.

Now we’re getting a look at a new report shared last week by Global Detroit and the New American Economy that provides a snapshot of how immigrants are generating millions in income in the Motor City alone.

The New American Economy describes itself as an organization that brings together more than 500 Republican, Democratic and Independent mayors and business leaders who support immigration reform that creates jobs for Americans.

Highlights of the data:

  • Immigrants make up about 5.6 percent of Detroit’s residents but “they make an outsized contribution to the local economy through their high rates of entrepreneurship, large tax contributions and spending power.”

  • Immigrants are helping to battle Detroit’s population decline, adding more than 4,000 new residents to Detroit between 2010 and 2014.

  • Immigrant-owned businesses in Detroit generated $15.5 million in business income in 2014.

  • Immigrants helped create or preserve 1,768 local manufacturing jobs in Detroit in 2014.

  • Immigrants in Detroit paid $92.4 million in federal taxes and $53.7 million in state and local taxes in 2014.

As we’ve learned from the data, it’s not just Detroit benefitting from welcoming immigrants into the community, we’re seeing economic benefits statewide.

The governor’s economic commission’s recent report: Building Michigan’s 21st Century Economy, also highlighted the need for immigrants to foster economic prosperity throughout our state.

The report noted how Michigan’s population is shrinking and our workforce is aging, stating, “Increasingly, economic success will require connecting with other nations, as diversity is seen as a desirable asset.”

The economic commission’s report included several recommendations to support immigrants, including:

  • Encouraging national and international immigration into Michigan

  • Supporting existing transition services and programs for immigrants

  • Developing messaging that Michigan is a welcoming state for all to key businesses, universities and locations and create economic opportunities to draw in more people

In addition to applauding the report’s recommendations, Governor Rick Snyder recently announced that June is Immigrant Heritage Month.

“We are proud to be one of the top states for welcoming New Americans from around the world,” Snyder said. “As Michiganders, we celebrate our immigrants’ past, present and future economic and cultural contributions toward our rich quality of life.”

While our state works to be a more welcoming state for those born abroad, this week we will also get a look at contributions from refugees in Michigan, through a collaborative creative project that will be unveiled in Lansing on Tuesday, ahead of the global Refugee Week.

Want more?

Read the full report, New Americans in Detroit.

View the Michigan Office for New Americans’ full report: The Contributions of New Americans in Michigan.

Check out the report, Building Michigan’s 21st Century Economy.

Welcoming Michigan is sharing resources on how to get involved in National Welcoming Week this fall.






New Lessons from Millennials in 2017

We’re getting new insights into how millennials are engaging with causes this year amidst a shifting political landscape and divisive national conversations.

The first wave of research from the new 2017 Millennial Impact Report, released last week, reveals some interesting shifts in millennial behavior and their focus when it comes to engaging with social issues and causes.

“We have found evidence that today’s evolving political and social climate is changing the cause behavior of millennials,” writes Derrick Feldman, president of Achieve, the organization that leads The Millennial Impact Report and board chair of Learning to Give.

Here’s a few highlights of what the report discovered about millennials:

  • Equity. There’s more millennial interest in causes that foster equity for all. Millennials who were interviewed cited deeper connections and more interest toward a range of issues including immigration, health care and public education.

  • Greater focus on vulnerable populations. “Past research has shown us that millennials engage with causes based on personal experiences and their passion for a particular issue,” but now millennials are focusing on larger social issues that impact vulnerable communities and do not directly relate to themselves.

  • Labels matter. Researchers note increased involvement from millennials is leading them to consider labels such as advocate, ally or activist based on their level of activity or involvement. Many millennials associated their engagement with the terms advocate or ally, rather than the term activist. Some millennials interviewed said they felt the term activist should be reserved for a person closer to an issue, or those “doing more” in the issue area than they are.

  • Growth in cause engagement. There’s been an increase in cause engagement by millennials in 2017. The report shows they’re more involved in demonstrations, engaging with their lawmakers, volunteering and giving, especially in areas that support causes that may be at risk of losing support or funding.

This research demonstrates that as movements and actions for social causes have shifted and gained more traction nationwide, millennials are following suit, increasing their engagement and potentially broadening their focus on social causes.

The Millennial Impact Report continues to provide insights on how philanthropy can continue to effectively engage millennials in relation to what’s driving their cause engagement and how they see themselves working in issue areas.

Achieve plans to release its next wave of 2017 findings this fall.

Want more?

Read Millennial Dialogue on the Landscape of Cause Engagement and Social Issues

Learn more about The Millennial Impact Report





Less Government Funding = More Private Support?

Our federal and state budgets are still in the works in Lansing and D.C., but we’ve gotten previews of the drafts and recommendations that have sparked concern for some about the future of several programs that support our nonprofits and the communities served.

For the Michigan perspective, the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) shares, our state is among the top five states in the U.S. for receiving the highest percent of federal funds, nearly 42 percent. That funding supports economic development, basic services and a range of programs that directly touch the lives of Michiganders.

With every federal budget, there have been shifts in funding and support for programs.

Such funding shifts can affect the sustainability of organizations but the impact may be felt in different ways depending upon the type of programs and services they provide.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy shares, “when a nonprofit loses government support, private donors are often expected to step in to keep things running…but sometimes the opposite happens.”

The Chronicle shared a recent working paper from West Virginia University, that explores the correlation between government support and donor support for public libraries.

The working paper looks specifically to public libraries, as they rely heavily on government funding, with 90 percent of their funding coming from the government.

Delving in to 13-years of data from the Public Library Survey, the researchers found a positive trend linking government spending to donations.

The results show that for every $1.33 spent by the federal government on public libraries, it would generate 73 cents in donations. State and local government support has also proven to lead to extra private donations.

Researchers say this shows a “crowding-in effect,” meaning that government funding signals donor participation.

The paper states, “Policymakers should be cautious when cutting funds from public entities, especially from cultural-type entities such as public libraries because there seems to be an indirect budget effect that could further decrease revenues due to the suggested crowd-in effect.”

Meaning that less government funding could result in fewer donations.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy interviewed the lead researcher and shared that, “his study contributes to other literature that suggests a decline in public support for cultural institutions could crimp private donations. But, he says, budget cuts in other areas — direct human services, for instance — could prompt more private giving.”

We have seen the latter play out this year as several human services-related national organizations experienced a surge in donations and support merely based on talks that they could potentially face funding cuts in the future.

Philanthropy has long had the tension point of being called on to fill in the gaps of government funding. With this new research in hand, we’re seeing that the gaps could widen.

Whether programs receive less or more government funding we know our sector is trying to understand the implications for charitable giving from both the federal budget and tax reform that’s on the horizon and how it may affect the communities we serve. A lot of questions remain.

As the cumulative resources of philanthropy are minuscule in relation to government expenditures, philanthropy does not have the capacity to replace public services provided by government. CMF encourages its members to share with lawmakers that our sector serves as a partner to government-many times providing capital to innovate on solutions that government then scales- not as an ongoing funder of government services.







Library project to provide more community programming and activities

Content excerpted from MLive. Read the full article here.

The Dow Corning Foundation’s Advisory Fund, The Morley Family Foundation, Harvey Randall Wickes Foundation and the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, all CMF members, are supporting a campaign to build a better library for Hemlock.

Support from the foundations and a local couple’s estate has helped funding for the project reach $1.4 million of the $2.8 million goal.

The new building will be twice the size of the current library and provide more space to allow for additional programming, a tutoring room, a computer area and more at the library.

"We will have our own community room, which will allow for us to hold story hour in there and actually have more programming at the library," Billie Jo Bluemer, director of Rauchholz Memorial Library said.

Construction on the new library could start as early as next spring.

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