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August 16, 2021

Monday, August 16, 2021

Census Data Released: Public Voice Needed as Redistricting Begins

The U.S. Census Bureau released 2020 census data which will inform federal funding for Michigan the drawing of new legislative maps. 

The release revealed changes in the size and distribution of the population across the U.S.

Census data at a glance:

•    U.S. metro areas grew by 9% from 2010 to 2020.

•    52% of U.S. counties saw a decline in population. 

•    The adult population group grew 10.1% over the decade

•    There was a 6.7% increase in housing units.

CMF’s Government Relations and Public Policy team advocated for Congress to extend the Census 2020 statutory reporting deadlines for apportionment and redistricting, noting that it was imperative the U.S. Census Bureau had enough time to ensure quality, precision and accuracy in the census count process. 

Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) will use the data to create new Congressional and legislative maps for Michigan, which is set to start later this month.

MICRC is using the information gathered from public hearings, comments submitted online or by phone and the suggested maps submitted by the public to create the new districts. 

The MICRC is encouraging the public to continue submitting districting plans and community of interest maps in addition to their public comments through the MI Redistricting Public Comment Portal.

Public input will help inform the MICRC on how communities define themselves and their physical boundaries and what communities of interest exist in the state. In April, CMF’s Civic Engagement Learning Community hosted a conversation with Michigan philanthropy on Michigan’s redistricting process and the roles philanthropy can play in ongoing work to enable and empower communities to have their collective voices heard and their community needs met.

Suann Hammersmith, executive director of the commission, and Edward Woods III, communications and outreach director, is asking foundations to encourage their communities to submit public comments and maps through the redistricting public comment portal. 

MICRC has offered to attend town halls hosted by community organizations and community foundations in cities where they may not be holding a public hearing to help inform the public about the redistricting process and the importance of sharing their comments and feedback. 

In June, Barry Community Foundation, a CMF member, hosted a town hall event in Barry County to engage the community on redistricting. 

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA), with initial funding from CMF members the Ford Foundation, Joyce Foundation, The Kresge Foundation, Wege Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, created a statewide coalition of nonprofit organizations to ensure voices of historically marginalized communities are heard through the redistricting process. 

As CMF reported, through the Independent Citizens Redistricting (ICRC) Initiative MNA is mobilizing nonprofits to achieve fair and impartial district maps for Michigan, specifically to promote racial equity so the voices of community members are lifted up and included in the important decision-making that occurs at the local, state and federal levels.

MNA has expanded its cohort of community organizations that they are providing support to in the redistricting process. 

NextVote, a consultant group that helps bridge technology gaps for community participation in the draft map drawing process, will offer coaching and assistance to MNA’s redistricting cohort in creating a narrative for public comment to the commission.

The Michigan Constitutional deadline for map publication is in September but the deadline will likely be extended to October and then citizens will have 45 days to review and provide comments on the maps. 

In the coming months, the commission plans to revise draft maps and prepare finals maps before the end of the year.

If you are interested in additional resources and opportunities to engage and promote participation in the redistricting process in your community, please contact Kyra Hudson, CMF’s public policy fellow.

Want more?

Read the full 2020 Census data.

Learn more about Michigan’s Independent Redistricting Commission.

Learn more about how to use the public comment portal.

View or request mapping training.

Access Michigan Nonprofit Association’s redistricting communications toolkit. 




Public Trust of the Nonprofit Sector 

Independent Sector (IS), a national philanthropy serving organization of which CMF is a member, recently released their second annual report, Trust in Civil Society, which explores the general public's trust in American nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. 

While a majority of Americans remain confident in the ability of the sector to strengthen society, trust in all institutions is declining. 

The report was completed in partnership with Edleman Data & Intelligence who fielded online surveys to nearly 8,000 U.S. adults. 

Key findings from the report:

•    The trust in nonprofits and philanthropy is declining but more so for philanthropy. In 2021, 57% of respondents reported that they have high trust in nonprofits compared to 59% in 2020. Meanwhile, only 30% of respondents said they have high trust in philanthropy compared to 36% in 2020. 

•    84% of respondents said that they are confident in the ability of nonprofits to help strengthen society and 65% are confident in philanthropy’s ability to strengthen society. 

•    In asking the preferred role of nonprofit organizations in strengthening society, 45% of respondents want nonprofits to help the less fortunate, 16% want them to create change and 11% want them to serve as a leader to other organizations. 

•    Respondents with a bachelor’s degree or more reported having more trust in the nonprofit sector (68%) than individuals who did not have the same level of education (53%). 

•    Respondents with a household income of $75,000 or more reported having more trust in the nonprofit sector (61%) than individuals with lower incomes (52%).

•    The oldest respondents reported a higher trust in the nonprofit sector (70%) compared to the youngest respondents (45%), which declined from 61% in 2020. 

•    67% of respondents are more likely to trust nonprofits that have a presence in their community. 

The data reveals potential insights about people’s trust in the sector and raises questions of whether underlying systemic issues may impact public perception of the nonprofit sector. 

The report included questions prompted by the 2021 findings for the sector to consider in order to maintain and increase trust across all types of nonprofit institutions. 

According to the report, the sector should consider the following:

•    The sector has an opportunity to explore innovative ways to build public confidence and improve trust. What can nonprofits and philanthropy do to leverage the public’s confidence in the sector as a force for good?

•    What practical resources can the sector provide to practitioners to improve trust in their organizations and increase public support of their missions?

•    Promote more frequent public engagement which has a direct and positive impact on people’s level of trust.

•    Explore the various factors that resulted in a decline of trust and a return to pre-pandemic levels in less than a year.

•    Gain clarity on trust disparities across groups. What do groups share in common that attributes to their lack of trust?

The report shares that there are opportunities for more research to understand potential drivers to increase trust and how specific drivers apply to the sector. 

Want more?

Read the full report. 

Read Independent Sector’s blog on the report. 




Addressing the Opioid Crisis in Michigan

In 2020, drug overdose deaths were higher than any previous year in Michigan. 

According to preliminary data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Michigan overdose deaths increased by 16%in 2020 with an all-time high of 2,743 deaths. 

Recently, new legislation was introduced to combat the opioid crisis in Michigan. 

The legislation will expand availability of treatment for opioid use disorder in emergency departments and access to naloxone, the life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses, to community-based organizations.

National Recovery Month is coming up in September, aimed at educating Americans that there are substance use treatment and mental health services available to people who are living with or recovering from substance use disorder. 

We’re sharing how CMF members are already engaged in supporting recovery programs and support services. 

The M&M Area Community Foundation (MMACF) invited community members across Marinette and Menominee counties to join them in the Safeguarding Our Communities program training.

MMACF, in partnership with Bellin Health and Public Health of Delta and Menominee Counties, is hosting hybrid in-person and virtual presentations. 

“We provide an overview of opioids, discuss what’s happening in our area, demonstrate how to administer Narcan and highlight the Syringe Service Program run by public health,” Paula Gruszynski executive director of MMACF, said. 

The community foundation has completed 11 trainings to date and has another 5 scheduled with several more in the works.

According to Gruszynski, they have trained emergency responders, elected officials, YMCA members, local nonprofit leaders, staff and students at local their local colleges and universities, members of their Women’s Giving Circle, members of religious organizations, general community members and human resources managers.  

“We are honored to be one of only ten community foundations across Michigan to receive this support. The misuse of, or an addiction to opioids – including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl – is an ongoing crisis, here and across the country. The first step to dealing with this crisis is to understand the depth of the problem,” Gruszynski said. 

This support comes from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan’s (CFSEM) the Michigan Opioid Partnership (MOP). 

The MOP is a public-private collaborative that includes the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and several CMF members including CFSEM, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation, Ethel and James Flinn Foundation, the Jewish Fund and Michigan Health Endowment Fund. 

The MOP aims to increase access to treatment for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). 

As a part of MOP, CFSEM in partnership with Vital Strategies announced grants earlier this year through the Michigan Harm Reduction Project to 10 community foundations, including MMACF, located throughout Michigan to reduce overdose deaths by expanding harm reduction services

According to CFSEM, funding has supported Michigan hospital systems, jails, community foundations and local nonprofits to pilot projects to combat the opioid crisis through prevention, treatment, harm reduction and sustained recovery.

Want more?

Learn more about the Michigan Opioid Partnership.

Learn more about the Michigan Harm Reduction Project. 





Member Spotlight

Renovation Project Supports Business Development and Talent Attraction

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) has awarded $2.9 million in brownfield grants and loans to several projects for redevelopment of contaminated properties in Mid- and Southeast Michigan.

Brownfields are vacant or abandoned properties with known or suspected contamination. 

Huron County Community Foundation (HCCF), a CMF member, plans to use the EGLE grant to support its Community Hub project

The community foundation recently purchased two buildings in downtown Huron which will be redeveloped to house new community resources and provide a permanent office location for HCCF.

The redeveloped buildings will also include a community board room, co-working space, four residential unities and outdoor green space. 

The community co-working space will offer access to reliable internet and could become a home base for self-employed professionals, entrepreneurs, startups and students, serving as a talent attraction in Huron County.

According to an HCCF press release, the community foundation has been working to update its strategic priorities. The community foundation’s revised priorities include retaining and attracting talent, creating vibrant and dynamic communities and cultivating an environment for business development.  

“While we’re just now sharing these plans, we’ve been working toward this goal since our community shared their vision for the future in 2018,” Mackenzie Price Sundblad, executive director of HCCF said. “We’re grateful for our partnership with the Huron County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and a $600,000 grant from Michigan Environment, Great Lakes, & Energy (EGLE) to remediate the site and make it safe for redevelopment."

Want more?

Learn more about the Brownfield Redevelopment Program.

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