Summative Demographic Survey: Michigan Philanthropy

Publication date: 
June, 2014

The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) undertook the Transforming Michigan Philanthropy through Diversity and Inclusion Initiative (2008-2013) to improve the effectiveness and accountability of organized philanthropy in Michigan. As part of this initiative, in 2008, CMF commissioned the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute (CRI) at Grand Valley State University to design and conduct the first demographic survey of Michigan foundation staffs and trustees. The survey was completed between May and October 2008 and the report is available here.

That survey was replicated April - May of 2014 to provide a point-in-time snapshot of the state’s philanthropic sector’s demographics and to examine change over time when compared to the results of the 2008 survey. A total of 235 Michigan foundations were sent email invitations to participate in the survey. Those foundations are all members of CMF. Of those, 61 foundations (26.0%) responded, including: 19 community foundations, four corporate foundations, 21 family foundations, 13 independent foundations, and four public foundations. The responses represent the vast diversity of types, sizes and locations of Michigan foundations.  This report presents the 2014 survey findings.

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