January 13, 2020

Monday, January 13, 2020

The Countdown to Census 2020

We’re 79 days away from Census Day. Beginning April 1, everyone who lives in the U.S. and participates in the census will be counted at the place where they reside most of the year.

A complete count is critical for our state, as Michigan stands to lose $1,800 for every person who isn’t counted, not just once, but every year for the next decade.

Data from the U.S. Census Bureau released earlier this month shows Michigan is already on track to lose one of our congressional seats due to slow growth in our state’s population, raising the stakes for this census.

As April 1 nears, work is underway around the state to increase Michigan’s census response rate from 2010 and ensure everyone is counted.

The nonprofits that received mini grants from regional census hubs through the Michigan Nonprofits Complete Count Campaign (NPCCC) are currently gearing up to execute their plans to educate, engage and empower their local communities to participate in the census, especially those in historically undercounted communities.

As CMF has reported, many CMF member community foundations are serving as regional census hubs in this work.

The NPCCC recently gave an update on its work and what’s ahead between now and the census. The NPCCC’s final phase of its statewide multi-media campaign launched last week with more targeted ads on television, radio, billboards, social media and gas station televisions around the state.

The multi-media campaign is aimed at educating the public about the importance of a complete count when it comes to critical programs such as nutrition assistance, education, medical care and infrastructure funding.

The targeted campaign is expected to run until the summer as households have until July to fill out the census.

The NPCCC has also launched an interactive online mosaic, encouraging residents to upload images in areas of a map of Michigan in their county to show that everyone’s voice counts.

Invitations to fill out the census are scheduled to be sent in waves starting in March, with every household having the option to self-respond online, via the phone or a paper questionnaire.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released a tool that shows how each household within a census tract will be invited to respond to the census. The tool identifies areas that may lack high-speed internet access; and residents in those areas will receive a paper questionnaire along with their first invitation to respond online.

The NPCCC is led by MNA in partnership with CMF. It launched in 2017 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The campaign is supported by more than 40 CMF members and the Michigan Legislature, growing the campaign’s assets to more than $10.4 million.

Want more?

Connect with the Michigan Nonprofits Complete Count Campaign.

Access NPCCC campaign materials, including graphics for social media, videos and audio files.





Leadership Learning Lab Continues to Empower Nonprofit Leaders

A major nonprofit capacity building initiative is moving into its third year in Northern Michigan.

The Leadership Learning Lab is aimed at providing local nonprofit leaders across Northern Michigan with “enhanced skills to strengthen the organizations and communities they serve.”

Currently, there are five cohorts running in regions from Mt. Pleasant to the Mackinac Bridge, Alpena to Manistee. The eight-month program focuses on adaptive leadership, time management, board development, fund development, mission-driven storytelling and more.

The Leadership Learning Lab is the result of a partnership between the Frey Foundation, Rotary Charities of Traverse City and 11 Michigan community foundations.

“We are proud of the success of this learning model,” Holly Johnson, president, Frey Foundation said. “Not only is the cohort growing the capacity of sector leaders, but they are creating ecosystems of support that will last a long time. Leading can be lonely and isolating, but by bringing emerging leaders around a safe table we are building confidence and collaboration.”

It’s not only helping the nonprofit leaders but the communities across Northern Michigan.

“Helping to build the capacity of our nonprofits is part of our strategic plan, as it is a key element in strengthening the entire nonprofit community,” Patrick Heraghty, executive director of the Community Foundation for Northeast Michigan said. “When leaders and boards of these organizations are strong, the organizations are able to better fulfill their missions, serving our communities’ needs more effectively.”

In 2019 Rotary Charities of Traverse City and the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation (GTRCF) launched the Grand Traverse region cohort, which took a different approach.

“The Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation and Rotary Charities are working in a complementary way - looking at root causes of complex problems, so we designed a course that included participants from all sectors: nonprofits, business, government, and our Tribal Nation, the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians,” Becky Ewing, executive director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City said. “In addition to adaptive leadership skills, we wove collaborative skills and working together in new ways. As we enter year three, we will adapt each cohort as we look at evaluations and listen to our funder collaborative.”

The 2020 cohorts are expected to be selected in the coming weeks.

“We hope that this model continues and that new funders find it worth investing in,” Johnson said.

Meanwhile, for funders, CMF’s commitment to ensuring a pipeline of diverse professionals receive the tools, strategies and resources needed to advance into leadership roles in philanthropy continues as our 2020 Mentoring Program kicks off later this month. We look forward to introducing you to our 2020 cohort of mentors and mentees soon!






Mental Health Initiatives Seek to Expand Options for Youth

While the need for mental health care rises in Michigan, philanthropy is taking steps to help increase access to care.

According to Mental Health America, more than 10 million adults have an unmet need for mental health care. Data shows nearly 50% of all adolescents are impacted by mental health issues, yet only 20% of those individuals ever receive effective treatment.

In Michigan, the need for mental health services is dire. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 4.2 million people in our state live in areas dealing with a shortage of mental health care professionals.

"It can be a long wait to see a psychiatric provider in our community, typical waits range from anywhere between a couple of weeks to several months," Megan Zambiasi, director, Pine Rest Psychiatric Urgent Care Center in Grand Rapids, said in an interview with WMMT.

CMF members around the state are working to support programs and initiatives that close the gaps and increase access for those dealing with mental health issues, especially in youth.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan (CFSEM) and The Children’s Foundation have all contributed to the University of Michigan’s Transforming Research into Action to Improve the Lives of Students (TRAILS) program, which will provide services for students with depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress in Detroit’s 110 public schools. These services are part of a $3 million total expansion set to take place over the next three years.

“This partnership and associated funding starts the process of building an integrated system of support and care for students where we properly apply real time screenings, intervention and support on school campuses to our families and students,” Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District said in a press release.

The Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, which works deeply in the area of mental health awareness and education, has also partnered with Metro Parent to create a series of articles focused on mental health awareness and understanding.

Additionally, The Children’s Foundation recently announced over $500,000 in grants to 14 organizations working to improve the mental health of Michigan youth, including TRAILS, as well as $50,000 to Common Ground to support runaway and homeless youth with needs including mental health services.

The importance of mental health for student performance is noted by experts.

“In a fast-paced environment, a counselor or school social worker can pull a resource from the TRAILS website and share it with students, and results are seen pretty quickly. It gives them this tool in their toolbox that works,” Joan Evans, director, the Prosper Road Foundation in Chicago and former school psychologist, said. “You can’t expect kids to perform well academically and to thrive, unless you focus on their mental health first.”

Want more?

Read the TRAILS expansion press release.

See Mental Health America’s State of Mental Health in America report.

Check out the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Mental Health Care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) report.






Margaret Dunning Foundation Supports New Exhibits at Sloan Museum in Flint

Content excerpted from an MLive article. Read the full article.

The Margaret Dunning Foundation, a CMF member, has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Sloan Museum of Discovery to support new exhibits when the facility reopens in late 2021.

Sloan is in the process of a massive renovation and expansion, and museum officials have said that patrons should expect every aspect of its 25-year-old static history exhibits to be rebuilt.

“While the story of Flint’s industrial history will remain a central theme of the exhibits, the cultural revolution that accompanied the transition from carriage-making to car-making in Flint will be re-interpreted through a lens of inclusion and justice,” the museum shared in a news release announcing the grant. “Flint stories and Flint people will take the spotlight in the new ‘Carriage to Car’ exhibits, with community involvement central to the exhibit development process.”

In addition to the $250,000 grant, the Margaret Dunning Foundation also provided a $4,000 grant to support the maintenance of its collection of more than 100 historic vehicles.

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