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Michigan Grantmakers and Catchafire Launch a Statewide Initiative to Democratize Access to Talent

Michigan Grantmakers and Catchafire Launch a Statewide Initiative to Democratize Access to Talent

Nonprofits provide essential services to those who need them most, but resource and capacity constraints continue to threaten the health and sustainability of such organizations. To address these constraints, Michigan Health Endowment Fund (The Health Fund), Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, and Catchafire have come together to roll out “One Michigan”, a statewide initiative aimed at enabling nonprofits to get access to talent in abundance, and in the process, “on-demand” capacity building support.

Community Input Sought on New Capacity Building for Social Movements Grant Progam

Community Input Sought on New Capacity Building for Social Movements Grant Progam

Capacity Building for Social Movements: Grants for “capacity building” have been a central focus for AAACF for decades. Capacity building is an equivocal concept because there can be both tangible and intangible outcomes across multiple levels, from micro to macro. The Nonprofit Quarterly says: “It can be helpful to think of capacity building through the lens of who (e.g., people, organizations, networks), what (e.g., knowledge, skills, processes), and how (e.g., training, peer learning, technical assistance).”

Winter 2020 E-News

Winter 2020 E-News

In the spirit of a new year and decade, we’re largely looking forward in this newsletter. 2019 was another strong year, thanks to our generous community! This spring, we will share news of gifting, granting and investment performance—as well as new staff hires, as we expand our abilities to serve Washtenaw County.

AAACF Awards $1M+ in Grants to Support Innovations in Aging

The Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation (AAACF) recently awarded over $1 million in grants from the Glacier Hills Legacy Fund (GHLF) to support vulnerable seniors and their caregivers in Washtenaw County. The GHLF was established through the generosity of Ann Arbor's Glacier Hills Senior Living Community and Trinity Health Senior Communities of Livonia, MI.

Bach and Youth Council Grant Applications 2020

AAACF is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications! Available Grant Programs Include the Anna Botsford Bach Fund for Seniors Grant Program and the Youth Council Grant Program.

2019 Year-End E-News

2019 Year-End E-News

The 2019 Year-End E-News is released now. See the new Youth Council members that now span county wide! Read updates on YACF, a Legacy of Learning, and much more.

Catchafire Opportunity for Capacity-Building

Catchafire Opportunity for Capacity-Building

AAACF and the Washtenaw Coordinated Funders are excited to be co-funding, in partnership with the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, to bring the Catchafire platform to Washtenaw County!

YACF—Celebrating 2019 and Looking Forward!

YACF—Celebrating 2019 and Looking Forward!

The Ypsilanti Area Community Fund (YACF) welcomed a packed room at the Eagle Crest Clubhouse on November 19th to hear an update and exciting plans for continuing the “community voice” work begun this year. YACF is working toward their Impact Statement.

The Aquademics Scholarship and Legacy of Learning Continue

The Aquademics Scholarship and Legacy of Learning Continue

On November 13th, a group of past Aquademics champions gathered together to celebrate the establishment of the Aquademics Scholarship at AAACF to celebrate the lasting legacy of the program and to encourage the continued pursuit of academic excellence by local youth of color.

New 2019-20 Youth Council Members

New 2019-20 Youth Council Members

We are pleased to introduce the new Youth Council members who are joining the committee this academic year! They represent a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives across Washtenaw County, which are critical to the thoughtful decisions of the Youth Council. These local high school students oversee annual grants of $80,000+ and volunteer in the community.

AAACF Fall 2019 E-News

AAACF Fall 2019 E-News

In this issue read highlights of the Stern Legacy Celebration, learn about CultureMakers, and stay up to with year-end deadlines and reminder.

Helmut Stern Legacy Celebration

Helmut Stern Legacy Celebration

Although we have widely shared news of Helmut Stern’s amazing $16.2 million estate gift—the largest gift in AAACF’s history from an individual, Friday the 13th of September provided an auspicious opportunity to celebrate and share more of his background and lasting legacy with the community!

Year-End Deadlines & Helpful Reminders

Year-End Deadlines & Helpful Reminders

Thank you for your generosity and for supporting the work of Washtenaw County nonprofits! We are proud to be your philanthropic partner and we are here to assist you. (734.663.0401 / info@aaacf.org). Before the year ends, make sure you have considered opportunities and plan now for deadlines!

2019 Cultural Economic Development Grant Program

2019 Cultural Economic Development Grant Program

The 2019 CED "In Our Neighborhood" grant program is now open! There are countless groups and connections between individuals that together make up our community in Washtenaw County. These "neighborhoods" that we live in are both literal (defined by geography) and figurative - some of us might be members of "neighborhoods" that are based on our vocation or social identity. "Arts and Culture" form the connective tissue that makes these neighborhoods thrive, allowing us to access our individual creative spirit, meaningfully connect with others, support economic activity, and give voice to our many and diverse experiences.

Career Opportunity: Senior Community Investment Officer

The Senior Community Investment Officer leads key strategic grantmaking programs, oversees other ongoing grantmaking activities, and supports community leadership initiatives. Works with and supports the Vice President of Community Investment on the development, direction, and implementation of AAACF’s core grantmaking initiatives. Leads internally and externally with humility and a service-oriented mindset...

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