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The following collaboratives are member-led and member-driven, with CMF providing defined areas of leadership, strength and support.

P-20 Education Continuum

Launch Michigan 

Launch Michigan is an unprecedented partnership of business, education, labor, philanthropy and civic leaders, as well as parents, all of whom care deeply about education and our state’s collective future. That is why we want a high-quality, student-centered system – one that helps every student succeed in school, in their careers and in life. Launch Michigan is led by a 22-member steering committee, including representatives from CMF. To facilitate deeper dialogue and engage subject matter experts, the steering committee commissioned workgroups to dig deeper into content focus areas, identify areas of agreement, and make recommendations to the steering committee. 

The steering committee has identified four focus areas as initial priorities: 

  • Accountability: What are the goals of Michigan’s education system? How do Michigan residents ensure those goals are met? 

  • Educator support: How can Michigan attract, develop, support, and retain effective educators? 

  • Literacy: How can Michigan dramatically improve early literacy outcomes? 

  • Finance: How can we advance Launch Michigan’s goal of providing an equitable, student centered education system and funding model? 

For additional information, visit If you have questions, please contact Renee Morse, operations manager, Launch Michigan, [email protected]

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Early Childhood Development

Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative

The Southeast Michigan Early Childhood Funders Collaborative (SEMI ECFC) serves as a network for early childhood care and education grantmakers focused on supporting the first eight years of a child’s life. The collaborative comes together to ensure families, providers and communities have the resources they need to achieve a healthy start, promote positive growth and development and optimize success in the 3rd grade and beyond. The core membership includes representatives from:

  • Ballmer Group 

  • Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan 

  • Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation 

  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

  • The Kresge Foundation 

  • PNC Foundation 

  • The Skillman Foundation 

  • Michigan Health Endowment Fund 

  • Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. 

Advancing quality, access and affordability of early childhood education and care are at the center of the collaborative’s work. They focus on four key levers for achieving success in these areas: philanthropic funding (individual and pooled), policy advocacy, expertise, and partnerships. SEMI ECFC members are encouraged to propose joint funding opportunities to the group in meetings and in regular update emails. These opportunities can be responsive to the immediate needs of the communities we serve or can help strengthen the early childhood system in the long term.

The SEMI ECFC is also active in the policy advocacy space. The collaborative meets monthly with representatives from the Governor’s office to talk through new public funding opportunities for early childhood in the state and how philanthropy can bolster efforts to ensure the equitable distribution of those funds. These meetings also include a national policy consultant who provides insights on alignment with federal resources.

All of the collaborative’s activities align with principles that center the children, families and communities we serve. If you have questions, please contact Anne Gunderson, program manager, [email protected]


Great Lakes Funder Collaboration

The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration is comprised of more than 50 funders across the United States and Canada who are interested in protecting and restoring the Great Lakes. These funders are faced with many challenges and opportunities both in understanding and addressing this critical and complex system and the role they play, individually and collectively, in protecting and restoring it. The funders in the collaborative annually grant more than $50 million to advance work on Great Lakes issues.  


The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration steering committee for 2022 includes: 

  • Jon Beard, Great Lakes Fishery Trust

  • Steve Cole, Great Lakes Protection Fund

  • Casey Eggelston, Fund for Lake Michigan

  • Amanda Herzog,  Fred A. And Barbara M. Erb Foundation

  • Annette Jimenez Gleason, Rochester Area Community Foundation

  • Aaron Koch, Crown Family Philanthropies (Co-chair)

  • Melanie Moore, Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

  • Thea Silver, Environment Funders Canada (Co-chair)

  • Allie Urbanski, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo (Co-chair)

  • Suzanne Veenstra, Niagara Community Foundation

  • Leslie Young, Wege Foundation

Opportunities for Involvement 

The Great Lakes Funder Collaboration meets annually.  

The collaboration periodically holds webinars and conference calls on topics of interest for funders. There are quarterly work group calls on water infrastructure, nutrient pollution and legacy pollutants/emerging contaminants. 

Funders interested in joining are enthusiastically encouraged to join.  To join or if you have questions about the Collaboration, please contact Lauren Bigelow, program coordinator: [email protected].