December 4, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

Giving Tuesday Breaks New Record in 2017 Donations

The data is in from Giving Tuesday 2017 and we know donations skyrocketed to $274 million this year, a 45 percent increase from 2016’s global day of giving. This marks Giving Tuesday’s sixth and biggest year yet.

Giving Tuesday Data Project’s 2017 numbers compared to 2016:

  • 45 percent increase in dollars donated

    • 2017: $274 million total dollars raised

    • 2016: $168 million total dollars raised

  • 54 percent increase in total gifts

    • 2017: 2.4 million in total gifts

    • 2016: 1.56 million in total gifts

  • 53 percent increase in countries participating

    • 2017: More than 150 countries around the world participated

    • 2016: 98 countries around the world participated

The mean gift size grew this year as well, from $107 to nearly $111.

Giving Tuesday shared that the top five issues discussed during the global event which included:

  • Public and societal benefit

  • Human services

  • Education

  • Health

  • Environment and animals

Blackbaud, a software and services provider for nonprofits that processes most of the online donations made in the U.S., shared its 2017 Giving Tuesday numbers. The donations they processed also set a new record, the highest yet in Giving Tuesday history.

  • Blackbaud processed more than $60.9 million in online donations, a 28 percent increase from last year.

  • The average online gift Blackbaud processed was more than $134.

“Blackbaud has been monitoring and measuring Giving Tuesday online giving trends since the very beginning, and this year, we continued to see a double-digit increase in online donations,” Steve MacLaughlin, Blackbaud’s vice president of data and analytics said.

In Michigan, CMF members shared their enthusiasm for Giving Tuesday on social, a few highlights include:

  • The Cook Family Foundation shared several posts celebrating the day and noted that they supported capacity-building for nine nonprofits for the day of giving.

  • Hillsdale County Community Foundation (HCCF) hosted The Great Give, inviting the community to stop in and donate to their favorite area nonprofits. Their event raised nearly $133,000.

  • Community Foundation of Greater Flint promoted the day as Flint Kids Giving Twosday, encouraging donations go to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, as all donations would be doubled with a 1:1 match from the Coverys Community Healthcare Foundation.

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation and The Kresge Foundation offered to match contributions to the Hope Starts Here Detroit’s Early Childhood Partnership fund and will continue until the end of the year.

Learning to Give, a supporting organization of CMF, took part in Giving Tuesday encouraging teachers across the country to teach one lesson about philanthropy to inspire their students to engage with their communities and volunteerism. 

Want more?

Check out the resources to get involved in Giving Tuesday 2018.







MI Faces $692 Million Gap in Special Education Funding

A new report has uncovered a $692 million gap and inequities in how Michigan funds special education. The Special Education Funding Subcommittee submitted its findings to Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, after he asked the group to review and create recommendations that “meet the unique needs of every child.”

The report examines issues in how we fund special education students and how Michigan’s educational outcomes for those students “are lagging behind those of other states.”

What we learned from the report:

  • The federal government has named Michigan as a state that needs assistance meeting the requirements of the federal special education law.

  • While there’s been a 7.8 percent decrease in Michigan’s special education population over five years there’s been a 15.6 percent reduction in funding.

  • Examining 2015-2016 data the subcommittee identified a $692 million shortfall in funding for special education students, which equals $11,498 per special education student.

  • For Michigan special education students, a portion of funding comes from local millage funding which can create inequities for students from lower income areas vs. higher income areas. The discrepancies range from $162 to $1,725 of millage dollars generated per pupil.

  • Currently, districts may be reimbursed for 28 percent of the expenses associated with a special education student or the base allowance, whichever is greater. There’s a recommendation that the districts should receive both sources of funding to align with other states.

The subcommittee outlined bipartisan, equitable recommendations to improve educational outcomes for all students.

Highlights of those recommendations include:

  • Provide funding for children ages 0 to 3 via Early On Michigan: The report says the program, Early On Michigan which is designed to link families with services that will promote the development of their infants and toddlers with special needs, requires adequate funding. Currently less than 3 percent of young children receive services through the statewide program, showing a need to build upon the system and connect with more families.

  • Provide targeted funding for pre-K and K-12 to incentivize best practices: This approach would reward schools that are implementing best practices for special education and funding would cover increased staffing and resources for classrooms that promote inclusion of special education students in general education classes.

  • Provide targeted funding for community-based support employment services: Project SEARCH is shared as a successful example; the program helps students with special needs transition into adulthood and the workforce. The program has an employment rate of 75 percent at more than 358 sites worldwide.

  • Provide targeted funding for oversight for teacher education programs: Strengthening professional development opportunities for teachers will benefit all students. Ideas include teacher apprenticeships, expanding teacher preparation programs and more.

  • Provide both the 28 percent reimbursement and the foundation allowance for all special education students: The report shares that instead of offering whichever pool of money that’s larger to the school district, they should receive both. The report states “students who need more resources should get more resources.”

  • Fund regional Family Support Service Resource Centers: These centers can offer resources and trainings to parents to ensure they’re connected to the appropriate services. The subcommittee says extra staff are needed to accommodate parent schedules and hold trainings to increase access to the services. The report shares that, “currently, Michigan struggles to provide adequate support to families who have a child with a disability, especially in rural areas of the state.”

“Students with developmental disabilities and learning disabilities should have access to the specialized services they need to learn,” Calley said. “While we have a long way to go to give students with special needs the resources they deserve, I’m encouraged that we now have a roadmap to help us get there.”

Calley’s office said the subcommittee will now work with legislators and the Michigan Department of Education on ways to implement next steps to address the financing shortfall.

In other education news, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced last week that it’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) plan has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education. You can check out the latest with the plan from MDE here.

Want more?

Read the full report.

Connect with CMF’s P-20 Education Affinity Group.







New Actions on Line 5

As the state is gathering public feedback about the future of Line 5, a legal agreement with the state and Enbridge has emerged from Lansing for immediate action.

Governor Rick Snyder signed a legal agreement last week requiring “immediate steps be taken to improve environmental protection for the Great Lakes and other state waterways through a binding agreement with the owners of Line 5.”

Line 5 is a 645-mile pipeline, owned and operated by Enbridge, that runs along the bottom of the Great Lakes including through 4.5 miles of the Straits of Mackinac and portions of the St. Clair River. The pipeline transports up to 540,000 barrels of light crude oil and natural gas liquids every day.

The pipeline has been a contentious issue, with concerns that a major spill would greatly affect the public health, environment and economic well-being of our lakeshore communities.

In July, CMF shared the draft analysis of alternatives to the existing Line 5 report as the state gathered public feedback. Over the summer, CMF members Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation and the Charlevoix County Community Foundation funded workshops for Tip of the Mitt Watershed to educate the public about the information provided in the draft analysis.

In November, the state released a final report on potential alternatives. The public is invited to provide feedback about the future of Line 5 online and at public meetings in December. 

"This issue is not going away until it gets fixed,” Congressman Fred Upton said. “Zero tolerance for error is the only thing we will accept along with the highest safety standards in place to ensure the Great Lakes will not be at risk. I look forward to continuing to work with Governor Snyder and the State of Michigan in coordinating a state and federal response. We will stay on the case through completion." 

The agreement signed by Governor Snyder includes several stipulations, highlights include:

  • Replacing the portion of Line 5 that crosses beneath the St. Clair River with a new pipe in a tunnel under the river: The new pipe will lower the risk that an oil spill could affect the river, which is a drinking water source, or reach the Great Lakes.

  • Enbridge would launch a study to explore the feasibility of a new pipeline or using tunneling on the existing Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac.

  • Temporarily shut down operation of Line 5 in the straits during bad weather as it limits effective response time to potential oil spills.

  • Assessing the possible installation of underwater technologies, including cameras, to better monitor the pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac.  

  • Implementing technologies that improve the safety of Line 5 in the straits by allowing faster detection and a more immediate response in the event of a spill.  

“Our charge is to protect the Great Lakes as demonstrated in this agreement,” Heidi Grether, director of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) said. “It is, however, time we start reviewing the potential impact of Line 5 in its entirety throughout Michigan. The stipulations presented in this agreement are steps in the right direction to not only protect the Great Lakes, but to protect all of Michigan’s pristine waterways and environment.”

The governor’s office said that the agreement does not represent a final decision on Line 5. The agreement, a separate independent risk analysis which is also being finalized and the public feedback will shape a final recommendation from the state on the future of Line 5.

In February, CMF’s Green and Blue Network is hosting an event, Line 5 as a Case Study: How Do Foundations Deal with Controversial Issues?, to discuss the current status and how foundations can leverage advocacy work.

Want more?

Provide feedback online for the future of Line 5.

Read the full agreement.







Edward and June Kellogg Foundation supports change on-the-ground in underserved community

The Edward and June Kellogg Foundation, based in Howell, is supporting education efforts in underserved areas in Guatemala.

The foundation’s grantee, Great Commission Air is based in rural Guatemala. In 2007 they expanded their emergency medical flights to include transporting children to educational institutions to continue their schooling, which ended at 6th grade.

One of the children the organization works with, David wanted to become a doctor to provide access to medical care to his home village. Ever since then, the Edward and June Kellogg Foundation has been working with Great Commission Air to support David’s journey through medical school.

“The village of Mayalan, a community of over 3,000 people, does not have a doctor,” Jennifer Rice of Great Commission Air said. “David has witnessed needless suffering first-hand. He has a keen understanding of how the Mayan people need greater representation in the medical field – so that the Mayan people can receive higher quality care.”

David is currently in his fifth year of medical school.

“They chose David for us, knowing that our mission has always been education but also especially in the medical and dental field because that was the passion of our founders,” Sarah Tottingham, trustee, Edward and June Kellogg Foundation said.

The foundation plans to look for other on-the-ground opportunities to help underserved communities in Guatemala.


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