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Practice

FAQS About Disasters

This resource is intended to explore frequently asked questions involved in managing disaster funds, specifically issues of concern to private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundation/giving programs and other public charities that manage grantmaking.

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Equity

CMF's 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey

This new publication illustrates the innovative leadership of our members in the areas of Equity, People, Practice and Policy and how CMF is championing the work of Michigan philanthropy as we continue to live into our Equity at the Center strategic framework.

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2021 Donor Advised Funds Report

This report examines data from 976 charitable organizations which sponsor donor-advised funds (DAFs). The results show increases in every key metric for the eleventh consecutive year.

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Policy

A Data-Informed Dialogue on DAF Payout

Explore the study's key findings and consider how these knowledge insights can inform foundation policies, practices and grantmaking goals in our efforts to support equitable thriving communities.

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Practice

Data-Informed Dialogue: Examining Private Foundation Payout Rates

CMF partnered with the research team at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Plante Moran Financial Advisors to update, deepen and expand critical research around the relationship between the mandated 5% payout rate and actual distribution rates of private foundations. 

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2020 Donor Advised Funds Report

This report examines 2015 through 2019 fiscal year data from 989 charities. For the tenth consecutive year, there was growth in donor-advised funds (DAFs) in every key metric.

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