August 12, 2019

Monday, August 12, 2019

Census 2020: On-the-Ground Efforts to Ensure Complete Count

We’re getting a first look at grantees who will be doing on-the-ground outreach efforts in Michigan to encourage Census 2020 participation in historically undercounted communities.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM), which is one of 11 CMF member community foundations serving or partnering as a regional hub through the Nonprofits Complete Count Campaign (NPCCC), has announced nearly $1 million in grants to promote an accurate census.

CFSEM shared that it awarded grants to 36 organizations in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties that are working to promote awareness and action by historically undercounted populations such as communities of color, low-income households, immigrants and young children.

The grantee organizations include ACCESS, Area Agency on Aging, Cody Rouge Community Action Alliance and Detroit Hispanic Development Corp., to name a few.

Meanwhile in mid-Michigan, the grant process is underway in Midland and Bay counties with Isabella County launching its process later this month as part of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Census Hub.  

The Great Lakes Bay Regional Census Hub includes Midland Area Community Foundation in collaboration with Bay Area Community Foundation, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation and Saginaw Community Foundation.

“For Saginaw, we have created subcommittees representing various populations in the city/county, which will help guide our work and provide insight for Saginaw’s grants,” Chloe Updegraff, regional census hub coordinator for the four-county area said. “In addition to grants, we have some great work being done in community outreach, with organizations in Bay and Saginaw working with youth groups and neighborhood associations to conduct educational town halls and outreach to residents.”

Up North, the Community Foundation for Marquette County (CFMC) and Community Foundation for the Upper Peninsula (CFUP) are partnering and serving as a census hub. The U.P. regional census hub is expected to announce its grant allocations next month. 

The Community Foundation of Greater Flint (CFGF) is also serving as a census hub. Over the next several months CFGF will be working on educating nonprofits about what’s at stake for the census, mobilizing nonprofits in “get out the count” efforts, awarding mini-grants and serving as a key messenger on the importance of a complete count.

As CMF has shared, there’s a lot at stake for our state if communities are not counted in Census 2020:

  • Our state relies more on federal funding than any other state in the country except Mississippi, as 40 percent of our state funding comes from federal funding that is allocated based on census data.

  • Michigan stands to lose an estimated $1,800 per person, per year, for 10 years for every person who isn’t counted.

Communities most at-risk for being undercounted are Arab Americans, immigrants, Latinx, children under the age of 5, rural residents and African Americans in urban areas.

A new interactive data tool is showing the potential impact of a census undercount in Michigan communities. The tool, developed by the Michigan League for Public Policy’s (MLPP) Kids Count project in collaboration with Governor Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers, allows users to identify the number of children ages 0-5, children of color, children in immigrant families and children in families with low incomes both across the state and by county.

“The upcoming census is just as important to our state as the presidential election, and we have to make sure all of our kids are counted,” Karen Holcomb-Merrill, chief operating officer for the MLPP and a member of the governor’s Complete Count Committee said. “An accurate census count is vital to promoting racial equity and informing and improving public policy, as billions of dollars in federal funding for our state hang in the balance.”

The governor launched a Complete Count Committee earlier this summer, appointing Kyle Caldwell, president and CEO of CMF to represent CMF in the statewide group.

Want more?

Check out the new data tool and see how many people in your community are at risk of being undercounted.

Connect with the Michigan Nonprofits Complete Count Campaign.

Learn more about CMF’s Census 2020 work.






The Unmet Needs of Behavioral Health Care in MI

New data shows there’s a significant unmet need when it comes to behavioral health care in our state.

In a study funded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, Access to Behavior Health Care in Michigan, researchers determined that 38 percent of people who experience a mental illness are not receiving treatment and 80 percent of residents who have a substance use disorder aren’t receiving treatment.

The Health Fund said the report was commissioned to “better understand the state of behavioral health access amid rising rates of behavioral health-related conditions in Michigan and across the country, especially among young adults.”

Data at a glance:

  • Of the 9.9 million people in Michigan’s population, an estimated 1.76 million people experience a mental illness. Of those, more than 666,000 are not receiving care. 

  • Of the 638,000 Michigan residents who are experiencing a substance use disorder only 20 percent are receiving treatment.

  • Anxiety disorders and depressive episodes are the most common mental health conditions in Michigan and the most likely to go untreated.

  • Medicaid recipients are the most likely to remain untreated for a mental health illness, more so than Medicare recipients or privately insured individuals.

  • Native Americans in Michigan have the highest rates of substance use disorder followed by whites.

  • There are 25 counties in Michigan which do not have a psychiatrist, and of those, 10 counties don’t have a psychologist either.

The report cites a shortage of providers, reluctance to care, costs and a lack of transportation as barriers to receiving behavioral health care. The report identifies six top recommendations to mitigate barriers to care, highlights include:

  • Increase retention of behavioral health care providers in Michigan: Maintain and expand loan repayment programs rewarding commitments from practices in Michigan, especially those in underserved areas.

  • Advance the use of telemedicine: Close gaps of broadband and technology in the state and support the use of telepsychiatry especially in underserved areas.

  • Expand school-based behavioral health care: The report shares recent state funding of $31 million is seeking to address this need.

  • Integrate primary care and behavioral health care delivery: Provide training for primary care providers and co-locate primary care and behavioral care.

The Health Fund shared some of its work that is already aligned with the needs identified in the study, including its role in the Michigan Opioid Partnership and other initiatives.

“Altarum’s study revealed just how far we have to go before every Michigan resident can access the care they need, but it also provided a road map for how to get there,” the Health Fund shared in part. “We’ll continue working with other funders, as well as the private sector and government, to support promising innovations, expand successful practices across the state, and provide a pathway to access for everyone who calls Michigan home.”

Want more?

Read the full report.






Funding for Social Enterprises in Detroit: Assessing the Landscape

A recently shared scan has revealed the gaps and challenges facing social enterprises in Detroit.

But what does “social enterprise” mean? In a recent blog, Jennifer Ludwig, program partner for the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, acknowledged that “it is difficult to pin down an evolving concept utilized across a broad range of contexts.” She refers readers to the working definition from Social Enterprise Alliance: “Organizations that address a basic unmet need or solve a social problem through a market-driven approach.”

The Fisher Foundation has worked with a number of Detroit-based small business social enterprises through its impact investing practice.

For instance, Rebel Nell, a Detroit-based company empowers women through employment, teaching them how to create jewelry from chipped graffiti paint and offering classes in financial resources. Artesian Farms provides sustainably grown, pesticide-free, non-GMO produce and all team members live in Brightmoor.

Ludwig shares that the foundation recognized the potential such businesses have to contribute to the city’s economy while creating a positive impact. Conversations with these companies and others led the foundation to commission the report Funding for Social Enterprises in Detroit: Assessing the Landscape, prepared by Avivar Capital.

The report details what a social enterprise can look like in practice. The foundation is sharing the report publicly for the first time in hopes of highlighting the challenges facing Detroit social enterprises while also gaining insights into how to strengthen the local ecosystem.

Key findings:

  • There’s a shortage of capital for small business social enterprises.

  • Most early-stage equity capital available in Detroit is geared toward tech-enabled firms.

  • Small business social enterprises face significant barriers to obtaining debt financing.

  • There’s been an increase in the number and quality of local support organizations and efforts are being made to strengthen Detroit’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • There’s need for an impact fund to provide direct equity investments in small business social enterprises in Detroit.

“There is a critical need for direct seed investments of social enterprises in Detroit,” Jennifer Oertel, CMF’s impact investing expert in residence said in the report.

The scan provides recommendations to help reduce barriers and fill gaps for social enterprises.


  • Create an impact investment fund to provide debt and equity capital for small business social enterprises in Detroit.

  • Partner with local entities to manage the fund and provide a dedicated ecosystem of support.

Want more?

Read the full report.

Amy Peterson, CEO of social enterprise Rebel Nell, will join Meredith Freeman, director of alignment and impact investing from the Fisher Foundation and others in presenting What’s the DEAL with Impact Investing?, a breakout session at CMF’s Annual Conference taking place October 6-8 in Traverse City.







Sports equipment sharing program launches in Pontiac through Project Play: Southeast Michigan

Content excerpted and adapted from a press release. Read the full release.

Project Play: Southeast Michigan, an initiative supported by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in partnership with the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, is supporting the establishment and operation of a sports equipment sharing program.

SportPort will provide access to equipment for baseball, basketball, tennis, hockey and other athletics in Southeast Michigan. Intended to serve as a community resource for youth and their families, like borrowing a book from a library, the program provides an opportunity for youth and families to borrow the equipment for a defined period.

State of Play research shows that only 13 percent of youth in Southeast Michigan are active at least one hour a day. The new program is aimed at encouraging free, active play and sports sampling.

"Through a number of community conversations that took place following the release of our 2017 State of Play report for the region, we heard loud and clear that improving access to sports equipment was a priority to help get kids playing more," Jim Boyle, vice president of programs & communications, Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation said. "We're excited to be building these key partnerships throughout the region to deliver an innovative solution to address that need."

After launching in Pontiac earlier this month, Project Play: Southeast Michigan plans to launch pilots in 15 communities throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Washtenaw, St. Clair, Monroe and Livingston counties that lend sports equipment to local children over a three-year period.

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced $200,000 in grants through the Project Play Initiative for the first five stationary community partners that will serve as inaugural equipment lending sites for SportPort.

Grants will help the communities set up a stationary lending program to loan sports equipment to local youth with no cost to youth and families. With support from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, mobile equipment units, powered by the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, will also bring varying sport and recreation equipment to specific sites in each of the communities throughout the year.

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