The 2020
Community Foundation

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan promotes positive change in the region. The Yearbook is our annual report on grants, donors, volunteers and the work being done to improve the lives of everyone who lives, works and plays in southeast Michigan.

Deepening Our Understanding of Needs Across the Region

In the spring of 2020, as we draft this annual report message, 2019 seems like a century ago. Detroit and Michigan are starting to emerge from the initial COVID-19 crisis. Streets are active with protests calling for change to address racial injustice. Our region is so deeply impacted by the virus and loss of life. First responders and health care providers have been pushed beyond all measures and continue to show total commitment and sacrifice. The systemic inequities and bias to which African Americans are subjected have led to a nationwide outpouring.

Read the Full Message from the Chair and President

Stories of Impact

Road to Recovery

While this annual report highlights our 2019 activities, we felt compelled to note the Community Foundation’s rapid response to COVID-19 as the crisis hit in early Spring 2020. We thank the many donors to our relief efforts, whose generosity continues to make our response possible.

Read About Our Response to COVID-19


In every aspect of the Community Foundation’s work, we are always seeking new, innovative ways to serve and support our region.

Nowhere is that more apparent than in our work with youth development organizations.

Read About Our Investment in the Future through Youth Development


In recent years, amidst emerging digital trends, threats of fake news, and shifting immigration policies, creating an informed citizenry has grown more complicated than ever. Yet the demand increases for accurate and quality storytelling, as well as empowering information about topics such as healthcare, law enforcement, and civic affairs

Read about Creating a More Knowledgeable, Engaged, and Equitable Community


One of the Community Foundation’s core strengths has always been its ability to bring people together. For 35 years, we have served as a regional collaborator, connecting nonprofit organizations, other foundations, and local thought-leaders to tackle some of the most urgent issues faced by our community.

Throughout 2019, we built upon that strength and expanded upon it by connecting with new funders both in and outside of our seven-county region in carefully planned, strategic ways.

Read Expanding Our Networks to Promote Public Health, Civic Change, and the Arts

Making a Gift

For more than 35 years, the Community Foundation has helped donors fulfill their philanthropic goals to create meaningful impact with their charitable dollars. Learn about some of the ways contributing to the Community Foundation is a simple, effective, and valuable process.

Learn about how we can help

Grants, Donors, Funds and Financials