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Photos and notes from this year's awards.


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.


Melonie Colaianne, president of the MASCO Corporation Foundation, shares a "great" story about her very favorite great grant through MASCO's "REACH" program.


Finding new ways to discuss the issue of – and solutions for - climate change is key to moving the effort forward environmental experts shared at a recent CMF Green and Blue Network meeting.


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.


New ideas for addressing Michigan’s environmental needs topped the agenda at a recent meeting of CMF’s Green and Blue Network members and directors of the state DEQ and Office of the Great Lakes.


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.”


Tom Cook, executive director, shares a Great Grant story that sparked the Cook Family Foundation's strong commitment to early childhood programs.


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.


A new mentoring initiative designed to attract, retain and promote future leadership for philanthropy is one of the key projects developed and launched recently by the Michigan Forum for African Americans in Philanthropy (MFAAP).