Michigan is facing unprecedented challenges as ever-changing economic, social and governmental issues combine to make development of successfully diverse and sustainable communities both a political and financial necessity.
It’s one of Michigan’s poorest per-capita income counties with a relatively small and aged population base that has more interest in agricultural magazines than corporate financial ledgers. But when it comes to sharing an amazing wealth of compassion, ideas and philanthropic dollars to help their neighbors and friends, residents there know there’s no place quite like Mecosta County, Michigan.
The unique program was designed to attract, retain and promote future, diverse leadership for philanthropy by creating a pipeline of new talent and energy, pairing experienced mentors with young and/or inexperienced mentees new to the field.
Ruth Rawlings Mott (1901-1999) was raised in El Paso, Texas. Her father was a family practice physician who served those in need on both sides of the border. Her mother was a businesswoman, kindergarten teacher, and founder of the El Paso YWCA.
Helping lead a groundbreaking, pilot watershed research project in Michigan is a small group of family foundations – and one major grantmaker – which are providing funding to the Ann Arbor-based Huron River Watershed Council (HRWC) for its initiative entitled: “Making Climate Resilient Communities through a Watershed Approach.”
CMF member Rotary Charities of Traverse City celebrates their "40 millionth dollar" given back to the community and shares the story of one of their Great Grants - support of the State Theatre in downtown Traverse City.