Talent Retention In Your Community: How to Bring Your Grads Back

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Over the past decade, many communities have been struggling from “brain-drain” – their best and brightest are being sent off to college never to return. Public, private, and nonprofit entities across the country have been struggling to develop innovative solutions to this problem. Join us to hear the story of how a group of community foundations in Michigan are implementing a Talent Retention Program to incentivize their college-educated youth to return home after obtaining a college degree. Want to start a Talent Retention Program in your community? The how-to manual for this program will be shared with all participants!


Robin Ferriby, vice president, philanthropic services, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

In addition to his role at the community foundation, Robin also serves on the boards of several other foundations. He is an appointed member of the Michigan Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts of the Office of the Attorney General and is actively engaged in legislative and regulatory matters affecting nonprofit organizations and charitable giving at the state and federal level.  Robin is the past president of The Advancement Network, Inc. (“AdNet”), a past shareholder of Berry Moorman P.C., and a former senior associate at Clark Hill PLC.

Randy Maiers, president & CEO, Community Foundation of St. Clair County

Randy Maiers has been the President & CEO of the Community Foundation of St. Clair County since 2002.  Prior to coming to St. Clair County Randy was the director of an education foundation in Metro Detroit, where he oversaw grant programs targeting engineering education at colleges and universities throughout North America.   Randy began his career in nonprofit management in 1990 when he joined the staff of the Michigan Art-Train in Ann Arbor.  He also spent several years with the American Heart Association until he took his first foundation job in 1997.

Mackenzie Price, executive director, Huron County Community Foundation

Mackenzie Price joined the Huron County Community Foundation as the Executive Director in May 2014. Her involvement in community foundations began when a decade ago, when she joined the Youth Advisory Council at the Hillsdale County Community Foundation. Mackenzie also served for three years on the Michigan Community Foundation’s Youth Project committee and was the Mawby Intern at the Council of Michigan Foundations in 2013. Her interest in community foundations and philanthropy was sparked at a young age and she is excited to be playing an instrumental role in charitable giving in Huron County and the Thumb region.

Duane Tarnacki, member, Clark Hill PLC

Duane Tarnacki’s practice includes representing and advising tax-exempt organizations. This involves a full range of services, including advice about regulation by the Internal Revenue Service and state authorities, representation relating to general corporate matters and tax issues, the preparation and administration of retirement plans and welfare benefit plans, and all aspects of organization and operations. In his planned giving work, Duane serves as legal counsel to the development offices of a number of large charitable institutions. He frequently lectures on subjects ranging from estate planning aspects of charitable giving to officer and director liability issues. 


CMF Members: $35
Nonmembers: $75 (Includes Manual)

This webinar was hosted by the Council of Michigan Foundations

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