MI Philanthropy COVID-19 Working Group

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MI Philanthropy COVID-19 Working Group

The Michigan Philanthropy COVID-19 Working Group is an ad hoc committee of CMF, composed of 25 foundation leaders and partners collaborating to help connect, strengthen and mobilize the Michigan community of philanthropy in advancing a collective responses to the short‐ and long-term challenges of the pandemic. Central in their planning and efforts has been a recognition of the inequities that have been exacerbated during this crisis among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). 

Working Group Members include:

  • Tonya Allen, 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 (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 (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 (Chair)
  • Renee Williams, Huntington Bank

Policy Agenda

The Michigan Philanthropy COVID-19 Working Group is grateful for your engagement in recent all member conversations and online surveying on the Working Group’s policy framework, Building an Equitable Future Together, a focused and strategic platform to advance the interests and priorities of Michigan philanthropy in the face of multiple crises that Michiganders are facing. Member insights have informed the critical prioritization of the framework's policy areas. The CMF team has since been elevating the framework to policymakers to identify opportunities for alignment and partnership. 

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During the conversations CMF members shared:

  • Support for the policy framework’s central focus on equity.
  • A desire to capture and share quantitative and qualitative data to support structural changes.
  • A connection that when leveraged with the advocacy power of Michigan’s community of philanthropy and other stakeholder groups, the suggested policies and practices outlined in the framework can seed capacity to advance long-term structural changes. 
  • An interest in how the statewide framework could be used as a tool to support local and regional policy agendas in the communities you serve. 

Several members of the COVID-19 Working Group serve on CMF’s Government Relations Public Policy Committee. Stay tuned for news on virtual regional conversations the committee will be hosting; CMF members will have opportunity to discuss issues outlined in the framework with state lawmakers.

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