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February 12, 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Our State Budget

Our 2018-2019 state budget is now heading to our state Legislature for consideration, following Governor Rick Snyder unveiling his proposed $56.3 billion budget last week.

Nearly 75 percent of the budget is dedicated to education and health and human services. We’re highlighting a few key takeaways in the governor’s budget.


  • An increase of $128 million in per pupil spending, which would mean an extra $50 to $100 per pupil for schools, with an additional $50 per high schooler to support the higher costs of educating high school students. That would set per pupil spending at $8,240.

  • An increase of $150 million that would give districts an additional $778 per pupil to assist at-risk students, which is a 40 percent increase. This would result in 131,000 more children being eligible for at-risk programs and services. At-risk students include children receiving free or reduced lunches, food assistance, TANF, migrant, homeless and foster children.

  • An additional $5.6 million investment into the Pathways to Potential Program, which places success coaches in schools to work one-on-one with families to identify potential issues or barriers and connect them to necessary services.

  • An increase in financial aid scholarships, bringing the total to $18 million, including $5.3 million to support low-income Medicaid eligible students.

  • $2 million investment to reestablish the Independent Part-Time Student Grants program that focuses on adult students at community colleges. This program supported about 3,300 students when it was funded in 2009.

Child Care

  • An additional $27.2 million or 20 percent increase to the reimbursement rate for providers offering child care services, which the governor says will bring Michigan’s rates closer to the federally recommended 75th percentile of the market rate for the cost of child care in the state. Last fall more than $24 million was allotted to increase the reimbursement rate, which the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) credited the improvement to the reimbursement rates to Building a Better Child Care System, a report funded by the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation that provided research used by CMF to advocate for the increase at the request of the CMF P-20 Education Affinity Group.

  • $1.4 million to go towards monitoring and supporting providers who offer child care through their home or the child’s home.


  • $125.5 million for business attraction and community revitalization.

  • A 32 percent increase in funding, or $40.9 million dollars, for the Going Pro Program which helps ensure that job seekers are being trained to be experts in their field of choice, whether it’s the professional trades, information technology, or other high-demand occupations.

Public Health

  • A $6.8 million investment for drinking water quality programs, including lead prevention and toxicology response.

  • An investment of $4.5 million for the statewide school drinking water quality program to help ensure our children have clean, safe water at school.

  • Continued support for Flint’s recovery includes an additional $48.8 million supporting water filter replacement, the lead poison prevention program, nutrition services, early childhood services and the expansion of the Children’s Health Access program, to name a few.

Following the release of the governor’s proposed budget, the Michigan League for Public Policy (MLPP) “voiced support for his calls for continued investment in vital programs” and shared in Snyder’s concern for potential tax cuts by the Legislature that could affect the stability of the programs and services that are critical for Michigan families.

“These are all longstanding priorities for the League and we appreciate the governor’s recognition that they are key to a better Michigan for everyone,” Gilda Jacobs, president and CEO, MLPP said. “But these very items could be first on the chopping block for the Legislature as they seek to reconcile hundreds of millions of dollars in ineffective and unaffordable tax cuts that give very little money back to most taxpayers.”

As for the state budget, once a final version is approved by lawmakers, it will go in effect this fall, as the state’s 2018-2019 fiscal year begins October 1.

Want more?

Check out the full budget proposal.

View MLPP’s 2019 budget priorities.






Campaign for Black Male Achievement Ranks Detroit No. 1

The Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national initiative focused on improving outcomes for Black men and boys, has released a new report, The Promise of Place, highlighting effective strategies underway across the country. It’s part of the work of the CBMA to partner with communities to create and ensure “Promise of Place” and equitable opportunities for Black men and boys.

The Promise of Place report examines the progress made (since 2015) by 50 U.S. cities participating in Black Male Achievement (BMA) efforts.

Out of all 50 cities, Detroit is tied for the number one ranking in the country for the second time, demonstrating the commitment of philanthropy, the community and local leaders in breaking down barriers facing Black men and boys. The report shares that out of the CBMA cities, Detroit has the second highest representation of Black men and boys at 78 percent.

National data from CBMA highlights disparities:

  • 25 percent of Black children don’t graduate high school on time, compared to the national average of 17 percent

  • Black male graduation rate is 59 percent, compared to 65 percent for Latino males and 80 percent for white males

  • There is a nearly 70 percent chance that a Black man without a high school diploma will be imprisoned by his mid-30s

We’re highlighting key takeaways from the report on the national level aimed to address these barriers and more. As well as what’s working in the Motor City, as the report credits the leadership and support of The Skillman Foundation.

Overall progress in Black Male Achievement (BMA) nationally since 2015:

  • 62 percent of cities showed an increase in their overall score since the 2015 report

  • There’s been a reported 62 percent higher level of engagement across all 50 cities

  • 92 percent of the 50 cities now have accepted the My Brother’s Keeper Challenge

  • There’s 23 national initiatives supporting Black men and boys, a 64 percent increase since 2015

  • Targeted funding supporting Black men and boys is now at more than $56 million since 2008, up from $23 million reported to-date in 2015

Work underway in Detroit

In Detroit, this month marks the one-year anniversary of the opening of the first Promise of Place office that made its home in Michigan in 2017.

The report shows that Detroit’s leading the BMA cities due to CBMA members engaged in this work locally, Black men and boy stakeholders and effective initiatives. Out of the CBMA building blocks, Detroit scored the highest in “actionable agenda for Black men and boys” and “city administration commitment to Black men and boys.”

“Moreover, the funding footprint led by The Skillman Foundation has cultivated a Social Innovator cohort that marshals community-based supports for Black men and boys,” the report states.

Detroit’s home to six BMA Innovators which include: Detroit Parent Network, Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, Don Bosco Hall, Green Door Initiative, The Yunion, Inc. and Neighborhood Service Organization’s Youth Initiatives Project

In other work, CBMA says there’s already visible progress in Detroit since the CBMA’s new High School Excellence initiative has been implemented.

CBMA says the initiative has led to an increase in:

  • Black men and boys participating in college and career preparation activities

  • The number of school-based interventions targeting reading and writing skills

  • Interest from the corporate sector to contribute their human capital to serve as tutors and mentors to high school students

These are just a few of the many efforts underway in Detroit.

The lowest score the Motor City received in the report was funding, with an average score of 4 out of 10. The report states that The Skillman Foundation “remains one of the biggest funders and philanthropic leaders of local work,” noting the need for other sources of public and private funding to improve targeted outcomes for Black men and boys.

We know that nationally, other CMF members such as the Ford Foundation and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation have both supported the work of CBMA and hosted events in partnership with the network.

The report shares optimism of the work underway, not just in Detroit, but across the country while also touching on the divisive national conversations and need for more action to connect Black men and boys with opportunities.

As for what’s next with CBMA, the board which includes Tonya Allen, president and CEO, The Skillman Foundation, writes in part, “We urge advocates, policymakers, and everyday people to delve into the dynamics of the cities highlighted, analyze the trends in BMA engagement, and deepen their thinking of how their own cities may measure up as a Promise of Place city.”

Want more?

Read the full report.

View the Detroit snapshot on the city index.






Snapshot of Donor Support for Women and Girls

A new report is examining trends and motivations of large scale investments by female high net worth donors for women and girls’ issues and causes.

The IUPUI Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI), part of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, has released the new report: Giving By And For Women: Understanding high net-worth donors’ support for women and girls.

The research dives into what engages these donors in gender equity advancement and some of the key takeaways around this donor group.

What the data tells us about donations for women and girls causes:

  • In 2015, WPI did a survey of giving for women and girls issues and causes and found that 33 percent of women and 25 percent of men said they made a gift for a women and girls cause or issue

  • Between 2000 and 2014 only 1.2 percent of million dollar plus gifts went to specifically benefit women and girls

  • The study notes that research estimates that only 7 percent of all foundation grants in the U.S. and Europe are specifically targeted to benefit women and girls.

  • Researchers found that women had three major motivations for such giving: personal experiences of gender discrimination or inequality; a belief in supporting women’s rights and gender parity; and the positive perception and effectiveness of nonprofit organizations serving women and girls

At a time when gender pay disparities are apparent, sexual harassment conversations are growing and a lack of access to education and health care persist around the globe continue, the report points to the need for support for women and girls.

Researchers wanted to learn more about the individual donors giving to women and girls causes and what drives them. Working with the Women Moving Millions organization, they interviewed a cohort of women who have made a commitment of $1 million or more to women and girls’ causes

Key takeaways about these donors from the report:

  • They engaged in research and education before making large gifts: For many of the women surveyed, they did not grow up in a wealthy family, they said they saw philanthropic work or were exposed to acts of kindness at an early age. As they came into wealth they felt a responsibility to leverage it to help others and did research and education around philanthropic ways they could lead to change.

  • They were motivated by their identity as a woman as an influencer to support women and girls: For many participants, their lived experiences in their gender or learning about the inequities facing other women and girls motivated them to support change.  

  • They made strategic funding decisions focused on systems-level change: Donors tended to fund “upstream,” or fund organizations with new approaches.

  • Open to risk taking: Many of the women self-identified as “risk takers,” saying they were willing to fund emerging programs and new organizations worldwide knowing they may or may not have the outcomes they wanted.

  • They’re supporting women and girls through various innovative ways: About 44 percent of those surveyed said they were engaged in impact investing by making a program-related investment (PRI), loan to a nonprofit, and/or supporting women-owned businesses or social enterprises by providing capital.

There are some specific efforts in Michigan to further engage women in the impact investing ecosystem. More than a year ago, Mission Throttle, a Michigan-based social impact strategy firm, founded by Phillip Fisher, chair of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation, The Philanthropic Initiative and Mission Investors Exchange created a movement called Women Leading the Way in Impact Investing, an initiative to accelerate the growth of impact investing.

The initiative is designed to address barriers to high net worth women engaging in impact investing and led to a field scan to research opportunities for accelerating impact investing among women. Read their findings here. 

The report includes that beyond the pool of high net worth donors featured in this report, there’s been great gains made through the Women’s Funding Network (WFN), which engages more than 100 funders, making it the largest philanthropic network in the world devoted to women and girls. In 2015, WFN members invested over $410 million to advance gender equity.

In addition to WFN, The Women Donors Network is another example of a network of more than 200 individual women philanthropists who contribute $175 million annually to causes for social change.

“Getting beyond a culture of male dominance will create a force for good where women lead forward,” Fisher said. “Continuing to amplify the voices of women for community change will speed the movement and ultimately serve more people in need.”

Join the Michigan Grantmakers for Women and Girls affinity group on March 8 in Detroit on International Women's Day for a conversation about how foundations can invest in women and women's issues and creating actionable steps for 2018. 

Want more?

Read the full report: Giving By And For Women: Understanding high net-worth donors’ support for women and girls.

Connect with the Women Donors Network.

Learn more about the Women’s Funding Network.








Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation supports launch of food waste reduction program

Content excerpted and adapted from a Petoskey News article. Read the article and listen to the full podcast here.

Emmet County's Department of Public Works and recycling program in Harbor Springs launched a new effort to encourage county residents to reduce the amount of food waste they send to the landfill.

Their Give All Food a Future campaign, supported by the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Area Community Foundation, is aimed at educating people about how 40 percent of food goes to waste or landfills and ways to prevent that.

“In an anaerobic environment, items like cardboard and paper are decomposing at such a fast rate. The methane is being generated and released almost immediately in that type of environment,” Lindsey Walker from Emmet County Recycling told the newspaper. “Food scraps and food waste are also very nitrogen-rich. They also produce a copious amount of methane and get released almost immediately out a landfill-type environment.”

The department says the campaign provides kitchen caddies to residents with information about how they can reduce their food waste.

“In the kitchen caddies, we ask those that are interested to sign a food waste reduction pledge that they and their families are going to say, ‘ok, we're going to attack this by maybe planning our meals appropriately, or shopping differently, or we're going to start the joys of back composting. Or we'll use one of your drop-off sites,’ if you can't compost outdoors because you live in a condominium or a homeowner's association,” Walker said.

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