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Community Foundation Research

Council of Michigan Foundations

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Enhancing Community Philanthropy
  • Grant Amount $50,000
  • Grant Period April 1, 2004–March 31, 2005
  • Location Detroit, MI, United States
  • Geographic Focus United States

About this grant

Community foundations face both external and internal pressures, such as competition from nonprofit and for-profit organizations and financial challenges. At the same time, the environment in which community foundations operate is becoming more complex, demanding better control of resources, connections and leadership. To address these issues, community foundations have formed regional alliances. There is a need to examine such models of collaboration.Funding will enable the Council of Michigan Foundations to sponsor research to explore and document the costs and benefits of regional collaboration among community foundations, with special focus on collaboration as a means to advance growth, financial viability and overall impact. Research will target five sites — the Humbolt Area Foundation in California, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, southwest Michigan, southwest Indiana and New Hampshire. Case studies will provide information on how the collaborations operate, the lessons learned and costs/benefits returned to small community foundation members.The Council of Michigan Foundations, established in 1975, works to enhance, improve and increase philanthropy in Michigan.