About the Community Foundation

Who We Are:

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan was established in 1984 to ensure residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, Livingston and St. Clair counties can thrive.

Since then, we have grown to be among the top 25 community foundations in the United States. We’ve distributed more than $1.4 billion through more than 85,000 grants to nonprofits in fields as diverse as arts, children and youth, economic stability, health and human services, and the environment.

We convene partners to solve regional challenges and serve as a trusted philanthropic advisor for donors who want to do good.

Our Vision:

Southeast Michigan is a place where everyone thrives.

Our Mission:

We build the resources, relationships and expertise required to expand equitable access to opportunities. Our mission is to make southeast Michigan a desirable place to live, work and play for all residents, today and tomorrow.

Our Values:

  • Innovation: We nurture cuttingedge ideas and respond nimbly to evolving community needs. We’re a trusted partner for problemsolving in our region. We approach our work with creativity.
  • Leading change: We lead with humility, empathy, curiosity and courage. We prioritize the wellbeing of our community. We identify and invest in regional solutions. We challenge the status quo.
  • Operational excellence: We use data to guide our actions and measure our impact. We pursue continuous improvement and sustainable business practices. We grow endowments to create community capital today and for future generations.
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion: We view southeast Michigan’s diversity as a strength. We break down systemic barriers to expand equitable access to opportunities for all people. We welcome everyone to be their true self, so they can be their best self.
  • Collaboration: We convene funders, foundations and nonprofit leaders to make measurable change around shared goals. We listen to and learn from our community
  • Trust and integrity: We are a responsible steward of our community’s philanthropic dollars. We are transparent and share progress toward our commitments. We honor donors’ intentions. We do what we say we’ll do.

Our Roles

  • Build long-term assets for the region through endowment. 
  • Be an action-oriented thought leader. 
  • Be a trusted convener, navigator and partner in community problem-solving. 
  • Pursue continuous improvement across our business. 

Non-Discrimination Policy

The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is committed to diversity and inclusion throughout the region and within our organization, including our staff and volunteers. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Community Foundation will be based on merit, qualifications and abilities without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, political or union affiliation, disability or any other factor prohibited by law.

In our grantmaking, we strive to support programs and organizations that demonstrate a commitment to diversity and inclusion through their policies, practices, and actions. Programs or organizations that are found to unlawfully discriminate in the provision of services or management practices may be deemed ineligible for funding consideration, required to return any grant awards, or rendered ineligible for future support.