CMF brings together a diverse community of philanthropists who, through individual and collective efforts, are growing the impact of Michigan philanthropy.
Michigan’s community foundations are tax-exempt charitable organizations created by and for the people of our state's diverse communities. They are here to provide a simple, powerful and highly personal approach to giving. They do this by offering a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable goals and do good work within their communities that lasts forever.
A corporate foundation is a private foundation that derives its grantmaking funds primarily from the contributions of a profit-making business. The company-sponsored foundation often maintains close ties with the donor company, but it is a separate, legal organization, sometimes with its own endowment, and is subject to the same rules and regulations as other private foundations.
Corporate Giving Programs
A corporate giving program is a grantmaking program established and administered within a profit-making company. Gifts or grants go directly to charitable organizations from the corporation. Corporate giving programs do not have a separate endowment; their expense is planned as part of the company’s annual budgeting process and usually is funded with pre-tax income.
A family foundation is a fund or endowment whose funds are derived from members of a single family. It is designated as a private foundation by the Internal Revenue Service under law, with a primary function of grantmaking. Family members usually serve as trustees on a voluntary basis; in many cases, second- and third-generation descendants of the original donors manage the foundation.
Independent foundations are usually founded by one individual, often by bequest. The members from the founding family, if any, represent a minority of the board and do not control the board. Many large independent foundations are no longer governed by members of the original donor’s family but are run by boards made up of community, business and academic leaders. Independent foundations are occasionally termed "non-operating" because they do not run their own programs.
A nongovernmental public charity that operates grants programs benefiting unrelated organizations or individuals as one of its primary purposes. There is no legal or IRS definition of a public foundation. Increasingly, public foundations have been established to receive funds and make grants for populations with special needs, for specific subject areas, or around other non-geographic communities of interest.
An individual member is one who supports the mission and work of CMF, has no current private foundation or donor-advised fund at a community foundation and provides financial philanthropic support in an organized systematic manner. Professional advisors and individuals interested in starting a private or public foundation are also invited to become CMF members under this category. For purposes of membership in CMF, a fully completed application form is required, including the name, address and phone number of the contact person for the organization.
An Out-of-State member is an endowed foundation or organization or an individual whose headquarters are located in a state other than Michigan. The primary function of out-of-state members is providing financial philanthropic support. For purposes of membership in CMF, a fully completed application form is required, including the name, address and phone number of the contact person for the organization.