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Our CMF Community: Advancing Equity for Transformative Change
This new publication honors the innovative leadership of CMF members, and the many unique ways philanthropy peers are working together and with their communities to make Michigan a place where all can thrive.
Grantmaking With Purpose - Sample Grant Materials
This resource is intended to provide sample documents for the initial stages of the grantmaking process.
For Love of Country: A Path for the Federal Government to Advance Racial Equity
The nation’s first comprehensive racial equity blueprint for federal agencies, For Love of Country: A Path for the Federal Government to Advance Racial Equity provides resources, tools, and a plan for federal agency leaders to implement President Biden’s historic executive order on advancing raci
Raising Your Voice For Change: The Why and How of Advocacy
As a vehicle for strengthening society, philanthropy plays a key role in shaping policy at the local, state and federal levels. Advocacy is one of philanthropy’s most impactful tools for effecting change, allowing organizations to elevate the voices of the commu
The Basics of the Grantmaking Process and Due Diligence
This resource is intended to fill a gap in available source material to provide a useful overview for grantmakers of all sizes and types. It outlines the general steps of the grantmaking process while highlighting areas where due diligence components can be incorporated.
Common Grant Application and Final Report Template
A common grant application is intended to be utilized by multiple foundations, minimizing the burden on nonprofit partners to complete numerous, divergent applications looking to obtain grants from multiple funders.
Frequently Asked Questions About Donor Advised Funds
This resource is intended to explore frequently asked questions involving donor advised funds. Please note that DAFs are a continued topic of regulatory debate, and federal and/or state rules that affect the operation of DAFs are subject to change.
Unpacking the 2022 State of Philanthropy Tech Survey Findings
In this conversation, we explore key findings and trends from the 2022 State of Philanthropy Tech Survey, conducted by Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG).
11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2023
Philanthropy is also getting organized and reorganized. Funding collaboratives, unionized labor, new governance structures — individual actors are making moves, coming together to cause change on a broader scale.
A Change Management & Deep Equity Primer: The What, Why, How & Nuance
Change is a force that is simultaneously generative, stimulating creativity and innovation, and disruptive, destabilizing or re-ordering existing conditions.
How Nonprofits Can Secure Congressional Earmarks
After a decade-long absence, Congress reinstituted Congressionally Directed Spending (often referred to as earmarks) in early 2021. Earmarks are included in federal funding bills and provide funding to specific nonprofits and government entities. Watch our on-demand recording to learn more.
CMF Government Relations Goals
The purpose of the Government Relations Public Policy Committee of the Council of Michigan Foundations is to seek support for legislative and regulatory changes at both the state and national levels that will help to strengthen, promote and increase foundation and corporate philanthropy. This do