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December 18, 2017

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lucy Bernholz Shares 2018 Blueprint

We’re getting a look at the 2018 social sector blueprint, written by philanthropy expert and scholar Lucy Bernholz, which forecasts trends and things to watch for in the upcoming year as well as reflecting upon happenings in 2017.

Bernholz continues to provide insights and resources to CMF members, including her most recent stop in Michigan where she presented workshops at Our Common Future conference in Detroit in October.

Bernholz shared with CMF members and other conference attendees the importance of managing digital data in line with their missions and the tools needed.

Bernholz’s Blueprint once again touches on the digital dependence, the challenges our society faces and the need for protecting data, access, technology and our digital civil society.

Bernholz writes in part, “Civil society is meant to be a ‘third space’ where we voluntarily come together on the proverbial park bench to take action as private citizens for the public good.”

In her 2018 Blueprint, Bernholz shares some of the issues and ideas that emerged during her worldwide Digital Impact tour, highlights include:

  • “Nonprofits, funders, and civil society organizations are increasingly aware that the data they collect on people is a sensitive resource, which if not well managed can quickly become a toxic asset.” She shares that while there’s greater awareness there’s still a lack of resources to support such efforts.

  • “More people are aware and concerned about the ways in which governments and corporations collect and use their personal information.”

  • The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation will go into effect in May 2018, creating a “global default for corporate data practices.”

Highlights of Bernholz’s Predictions for 2018:

U.S. predictions

  • A nonprofit outside of the EU will violate the new regulation (mentioned above) and will be fined

  • A new giving index will emerge that includes crowdfunding platforms

  • Tech companies will increase their philanthropic and political giving

  • Donor advised funds (DAFs) will outpace all other charitable giving vehicles in the rate of the growth

  • Team communications tools (that are being used more now, especially in corporate workplaces) will be hacked, and will attract the level of attention email dumps have gotten

Global predictions

  • Financial technology will be an area of new interest for philanthropy

  • More “big ticket philanthropic partnerships between foundations and individuals to aggregate capital” will emerge

  • Voice-activated giving will make headlines

  • Nonprofits across the globe will reexamine their privacy practices to align with the EU’s new 2018 regulation

Bernholz holds herself accountable in the annual report, reflecting on what she got right and wrong about the past year. A few notable predictions that came true include:

  • Digital data storage and security costs will begin to exceed costs in nonprofit budgets

  • Nonprofit approaches to artificial intelligence will increase (understanding it, using it, advocating for regulations)

  • More social program evaluations will rely on the use of publicly collected data

One of Bernholz’s 2017 predictions was that “open 990 data will be used to create new indexes of nonprofit and foundation investment holdings.” She notes this didn’t come true in 2017 as users spent much of the year cleaning the data but this could be the case for 2018.

Want more?

Read the full Blueprint 2018.

Download the resources Bernholz shared at Our Common Future conference.

Check out resources from the Digital Civil Society Lab.

Read reflections from Bernholz’s Digital Impact World Tour.






New Impact Investing Tool to Debut in 2018

We’re getting a preview of the beta version of Global Impact Investing Network’s (GIIN) new tool, Navigating for Impact, an online platform that seeks to “help investors select evidence-backed impact strategies and adopt metrics that indicate performance toward their objectives.”

GIIN recently joined members of CMF’s Impact Investing Committee to demonstrate the beta version of the new tool, the final version of Navigating Impact is expected to launch in early 2018.

In the beta version, users can navigate resources as they relate to different areas of impact which includes affordable housing, clean energy access and small holder agriculture.

Once the final version is available health, financial inclusion, gender lens and other themes will also launch, allowing those interested in impact investing to learn about different strategies being leveraged in these areas.

The tool seeks to answer a range of questions from those working in impact investing, GIIN states:

  • What are the common approaches to impact in these themes?

  • What evidence shows that different strategies can deliver these outcomes

  • What core metrics can show performance toward these goals?

  • What resources relate to this approach?

We explored the affordable housing collection of resources. The tool allows you to choose your primary objective for affordable housing and then provides a deep dive into that targeted area, examples of the issue, who may be helped by such an investment, details on core metrics from those working in impact investing in this particular area, real-life examples and additional resources.

As the tool is still under development prior to its official 2018 launch, GIIN is seeking feedback from users to help shape the final version.

GIIN also shared with CMF’s Impact Investing Committee their first-ever comprehensive survey of the practice of impact measurement and management (IMM) in the impact investing field. The survey captures insights from the field, challenges and recommendations for measuring impact.

GIIN’s survey showed the majority of respondents want to understand their impact.

In addition to discussing resources, during their gathering, the CMF Impact Investing Committee discussed how Michigan has achieved a tremendous amount of traction in impact investing and the hope is to share stories from the work in Michigan to show the benefits impact investing can have in communities.

In January, CMF is releasing the first video in a series of rural philanthropy stories, highlighting the work of impact investing underway by the Sturgis Area Community Foundation targeting community revitalizing for economic development. Stay tuned to see the full video lineup in 2018.

Want more?

Browse the beta version of GIIN’s Navigating Impact.

Provide feedback to GIIN on their beta version.  

Read GIIN’s full report: The State of Impact Measurement and Management Practice.

Connect with CMF’s Impact Investing Team.

Learn more about Investing for Impact: The Michigan Collaborative.







Shining a Light on Human Trafficking

We continue to see headlines about human trafficking cases in Michigan, most recently another pair of suspects were charged in Port Huron earlier this month. It’s a real issue in Michigan, with data showing our state has the second highest rate of human trafficking, only behind Nevada.

While we don’t have year-end data yet from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, the latest numbers show that in Michigan:

  • There’s been 470 calls from Michigan to the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

  • There have been 136 reported cases in Michigan (January-June of this year). For perspective in 2016 there were 133 for that same time period.

  • 109 of the reported cases were sex trafficking cases.

  • 95 of the reported victims were adults, 47 were minors.

  • The reported cases were called in by a community member, a survivor, the family of a survivor, a representative from a nonprofit organization or a medical professional.

However, these numbers may not show the complete picture here in Michigan. As Jane White, director of the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force told The Detroit News, there’s no comprehensive data collection for this issue, it’s hard to track and therefore hard to really know how many people are being affected by this hidden industry.

We continue to see more action around the state aimed at helping survivors.

MLive reports that next month the YWCA Human Trafficking Shelter is opening in Kalamazoo.

"In response to the growing needs of our community, we launched the only comprehensive services for human trafficking survivors in the area," Grace Lubwama, CEO, YWCA Kalamazoo told MLive.

YWCA Kalamazoo states that it provides services for survivors of sex and labor trafficking all of genders, which includes offering shelter, therapeutic services, legal advocacy and more.

In Southeast Michigan, the Sanctum House, which is supported in part by CMF member the A.A. Van Elslander Foundation, was recently highlighted by the Detroit Free Press for its work in helping female trafficking survivors.

"I started to learn, and I joined task forces and I went to conferences and I did all these different things so I could become educated, see what was missing and do the best I could do," Edee Franklin of the Sanctum House told the newspaper. "I came to find out there are less than 20 beds around the state of Michigan for long-term treatment of survivors of human trafficking. There’s less than 500 beds in the country."

Earlier this year, a new requirement was put into place for medical professionals to receive educational training about this public health issue and hopefully identify and help survivors. Michigan State University’s College of Nursing recently shared that 138 individuals have completed their online course since the requirement went into effect.

Work continues around the state to get more people trained and educated about this issue, so they may detect and respond to these situations and help survivors.

Want more?

Connect with the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.








Six CMF Members Support Nonprofit Housing Developer in Affordable Housing Initiative

Content excerpted from WOOD-TV article. Read the full article here.

In the largest acquisition ever for a West Michigan nonprofit housing developer, the Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF) has finalized its $14.5 million purchase of 177 properties in the greater Grand Rapids and Lansing areas.

This purchase was made possible through the support of several CMF members: Peter C. and Emajean Cook Foundation, Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation, Doug and Maria DeVos Foundation, Frey Foundation, Jandernoa Foundation and Wege Foundation.

The properties translate into 213 rentals right now, but ICCF plans to work with community partners and residents to sell 50 percent of them over the next decade.

“Our hope is that eventually we could take the proceeds from those sales and reinvest them in other properties so that this will become a revolving pool of affordable housing for our neighbors over the next decade,” ICCF CEO Ryan VerWys told 24 Hour News 8.

In addition to helping interested residents become homeowners, the ICCF will devote $4.5 million to improving the properties, including increasing energy efficiency and environmental stability.





A Note of Gratitude

From Rob Collier, president and CEO, CMF

As 2017 comes to a close, we thank you for your efforts that demonstrate the impact of Michigan philanthropy at work to create vibrant communities with great opportunities for all.

Every Monday morning we strive to email you a Weekly Download with stories of how Michigan philanthropy is indeed tackling tough issues. And the stories in this final issue for 2017 are just as timely as those we started with last January.

As we work to partner, to invest, to convene, to collaborate, to innovate and to advocate, we are grateful to you and your colleagues for individually and collectively putting action into our work. From the top of the Upper Peninsula to the bottom of the Lower Peninsula, all 83 counties of Michigan and beyond continue to be impacted by you. 

In looking forward to the New Year, we cheer the progress that has been made and renew our determination to help you tackle the challenges that remain. I find inspiration in the message of Krista Tippett the closing speaker at our 45th Annual Conference held in October jointly with Independent Sector’s national conference.

Krista challenges our community of philanthropists and our nonprofit partners to be courageous in practicing “muscular” civility. Second, she challenges us to raise our listening to a higher level, to practice generous listening powered by curiosity – a willingness to be surprised and to let go of old assumptions. And she challenges us to find joy in every moment - declaring that joy is a birthright of us all.

It is a great pleasure to have you as a part of our thriving community of passionate, motivated philanthropists. On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of CMF, it is our privilege to work alongside you. 

Let’s do great work together in 2018 as generous listeners powered by curiosity and courageous muscular civility. While the needs are great, the opportunities are boundless, and daily discoveries of joy await!

With gratitude for all that you do and wishes for a joy filled New Year,

Rob Collier
President and CEO
Council of Michigan Foundations

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