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Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

333 West Fort Street, Suite 2010
Detroit, Michigan 48226
United States

Mission

To enhance the quality of life in southeast Michigan and beyond

Most Meaningful Change

The New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a $100 million fund with the goal of diversifying and strengthening the economy of southeast Michigan. NEI was spearheaded by our leadership and funded by ten national and local foundations. To date, more than $75.5 million has been granted, the majority of the dollars going to support the creation and growth of new businesses. More than 32,000 people have received entrepreneurial training and support, and 673 new businesses have been created, providing 8,000 jobs. The businesses have attracted an estimated additional $500 million into the region, and these numbers are growing. NEI has helped to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan, along with a robust system of support for new and growing businesses. This has helped attract outside investors and inspired people in our region to think creatively about 21st-century jobs and opportunities.

1984 Year Founded
$486,000,000 Endowment Value
$15,000,000 Total Annual Grantmaking

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Last Updated: 09.19.14

Population Area Served

4,700,000

Identifying Information
OrganizationCommunity Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Address 1333 West Fort Street, Suite 2010
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownDetroit
State / RegionMichigan
ZIP / Postal Code48226
CountryUnited States
ContinentNorth America
Map Address (If Different)Did not answer
Map City / Town (If Different)Did not answer
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)Did not answer
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone313.961.6675
Emailmnoland@cfsem.org
Websitewww.cfsem.org
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Mariam C. Noland, President
Primary Contact’s NameMariam Noland
Primary Contact’s PositionPresident
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded1984
Mission StatementTo enhance the quality of life in southeast Michigan and beyond
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population Serviced4,700,000
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)27
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)Did not answer
Total Board Members56
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$151,000,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal Year$36,711,689
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$61,000,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$15,000,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal Year$486,000,000
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsA little improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a slight role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentPlayed a centrally important role
Government initiative fundingPlayed a slight role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesPlayed a centrally important role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyLots of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationImportant but not central
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureLot
EducationLittle
EnvironmentLot
HealthFair amount
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLittle
International relationsNot at all
ReligionLittle
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityLittle
Information technologyLittle
Strengthening local or regional governmentLittle
HousingLittle
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyLittle
Disaster reliefLittle
Advocacy with authoritiesNot at all
Job trainingLittle
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOften
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOccasionally
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffRarely
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentRarely
Leadership developmentOften
InternshipsOccasionally
Providing space for local organizationsOften
Access to information technologyOccasionally
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting worse
CrimeGetting worse
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting worse
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting worse
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting worse
Responsiveness of authoritiesNo change
Appropriateness of public policiesNo change
Value of community assetsNo change
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityNo change
Gender equityNo change
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertyA few small achievements
CrimeA few small achievements
Trust among different sections of the communityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Social position of marginalized groupsDo not work in this sphere
Responsiveness of authoritiesDo not work in this sphere
Appropriateness of public policiesWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Value of community assetsWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityA few small achievements
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsSome important achievements
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingSome important achievements
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLittle
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLot
SchoolsLittle
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersNeither helpful or unhelpful
Regional association of grantmakersHelpful
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationVery helpful
Other organizationVery helpful
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesNo
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingImportant
Stronger civil societyImportant
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsThe New Economy Initiative (NEI) is a $100 million fund with the goal of diversifying and strengthening the economy of southeast Michigan. NEI was spearheaded by our leadership and funded by ten national and local foundations. To date, more than $75.5 million has been granted, the majority of the dollars going to support the creation and growth of new businesses. More than 32,000 people have received entrepreneurial training and support, and 673 new businesses have been created, providing 8,000 jobs. The businesses have attracted an estimated additional $500 million into the region, and these numbers are growing. NEI has helped to create a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in southeast Michigan, along with a robust system of support for new and growing businesses. This has helped attract outside investors and inspired people in our region to think creatively about 21st-century jobs and opportunities.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

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