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Assisting Community Foundations with Branding, Standards, and Marketing: Lessons Learned

December 1, 2005

Michigan has been intentional about growing community foundations since the late 1980s. Local efforts have been supported by the Council of Michigan Foundations with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. FERA (Formative Evaluation Research Associates), an independent evaluation group, and Williams Group, a strategic communications firm, have documented growth, identified supports and obstacles, and developed lessons learned. This document is part of a larger set of lessons learned across multiple state-wide initiatives about community foundation growth.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Michigan Community Foundation Federal and State Filing Checklist

December 1, 2005

This six-page checklist for community foundations provides names, addresses, and filing dates and deadlines for paperwork to the Michigan state government and the US federal government.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Standards for Community Foundations: Challenges and Lessons Learned

January 1, 2002

The purpose of this document is to share challenges and lessons learned related to developing and implementing a set of minimum operating standards for Michigan community foundations and their affiliates. Information presented in this article is based on two years of evaluation research conducted by Formative Evaluation Research Associates (FERA) an independent evaluation firm that consults for the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF) in Michigan.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Sample Language for Gifts and Bequests to Community Foundations

December 1, 1999

Ths guide contains model documents created by the Council of Michigan Foundations to provide community foundations with "model" language to approach donor gifts and the creation of funds.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Women and Philanthropy: Understanding and Engaging a High Potential Audience

December 1, 1999

This paper draws upon a wide array of research publications to summarize information available on women and their giving habits, and to make suggestions for bringing them into the fold of philanthropy through the field of community foundations.

Gender and Philanthropy

Working with Professional Advisors: Developing Strong Relationships

December 1, 1999

This internal planning document is designed to help Community Foundations develop strong relationships with professional advisors as they help clients accomplish their objectives.

Grassroots and community philanthropy; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Community Foundations Serving Rural Areas

December 1, 1998

An eight-page booklet authored by Karen Tice of Formative Evaluation Research (FERA) that provides insight into the formation of community foundations in rural areas.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Community Foundation Primer: An Outline for Discussion and an Initial Organization Start-up Kit

December 1, 1998

This is the eighth in a series of publications that are tangible products of many related efforts to build the capacity of community foundations in service to Michigan communities. The Council of Michigan Foundations provides this publication as a part of the Michigan community foundation project jointly supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation along with the community foundation programs of the Indiana Donors Alliance through the GIFT Program of the Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Businesses Partnering with Community Foundations: Options for Planning

December 1, 1997

The purpose of this paper is to highlight several existing partnerships between community foundations and businesses which demonstrate the remarkable flexibility community foundations have in responding to the needs of the business community.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Community Foundation Scholarship Program Guidelines for Membership Clubs, Corporations and Associations

December 1, 1996

On many occasions membership organizations such as bowling leagues, realtor associations and other clubs have decided to establish scholarship funds within a community foundation for the children of their members. This request presents unique problems which are addressed in the this monograph.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Michigan Community Foundation Legal Reference

December 1, 1996

A guide to legal requirements and regulations relevant for community foundations in Michigan.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

A Guide to Building a Legacy Society

December 1, 1995

A legacy society is a marketing tool and a donor service that formally recognizes donors who have made plans to leave a gift to a community foundation. This publication provides a guide for developing a successful legacy society. The Council of Michigan Foundations provides this publication as a part of the Michigan community foundation project jointly supported by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

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