We lead, strengthen and support Michigan's community of philanthropy.
A thriving philanthropic sector leading in the relentless pursuit of equitable systems and inclusive diversity.
We lead, strengthen and support Michigan’s community of philanthropy.
How We Lead
CMF is a leadership organization driven by our values and the power of people, equipped with deep sector expertise and the ability to anticipate and adapt, ever committed to continuous improvement.
Equity is a pillar of our work, and equity is embedded across the pillars of policy, practice and people.
We seek to embolden and equip Michigan philanthropy in the relentless pursuit of equitable systems and the embrace of inclusive diversity.
We seek to fortify the field through public policy action, and champion the policy leadership of CMF members.
We seek to foster the growth and development of current and future philanthropy leaders.
We seek to advance and amplify exemplary philanthropic practices and field expertise.
Our values are overarching inviolate guiding principles, framed around the type of organization we want and need to be. Equity will always be first among them as we put equity at the center of our work, while embracing diversity and working to ensure our organization and our field is inclusive to all as CMF leads with integrity, powered by the meaningful engagement and collaboration of our stakeholders.
We intentionally elevate equity to the center of all of our work to guide our priority setting and decision making. We marshal our resources to advance equitable opportunities and outcomes at a systems level that positively affects the lives of individuals. We acknowledge where people and organizations are in their own equity journey. We are persistent and courageous in this work, challenging ourselves to ask the tough questions and willing to engage in difficult conversations, always with compassion and empathy, and mindful of who has been invited to the table, and who has set the table for those conversations. We are transparent about our own journey, sharing both our successes and our struggles.
We intentionally seek different perspectives and value an organizational culture where everyone can be their full, authentic selves. We embrace all the facets and characteristics that make each person unique, including but not limited to their race, nationality, age, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, education, region, language and documentation status. We know that difference helps to drive smarter decisions, increased innovation and stronger performance.
We intentionally create environments in which all individuals and groups are welcomed, respected, supported, valued and encouraged to participate fully. We ensure that all voices and perspectives are heard and understood. We share power and leadership. We are mindful of both who is at the table and who is not at the table, thoughtful of how, when and where the table is set.
We follow through on commitments and demonstrate our words in action. We communicate openly and operate with transparency. We are committed to continuously building trust. When faced with difficult decisions and hard choices, we center in our values. We understand that living with integrity requires doing what’s right even when it’s difficult or unpopular. We thoughtfully use data to inform our decision making.
We know that our impact is stronger together than alone. We seek opportunities to partner in creating innovative solutions. We maintain an open mind and value the opportunity to learn from and with others. We communicate clearly and openly. We look for mutual benefit.
We create meaningful opportunities for the involvement of members and partners, fostering inclusive environments for stakeholders to share their best thinking and bring their authentic selves. We proactively seek out the participation of others while respectfully meeting them where they are, with multiple pathways to partnership, mindful of barriers and inequities that exist. We are aware of how we represent CMF and our community of philanthropy in the ways we participate.