Affiliates are administered as part of the Community Foundation. Each affiliate is dedicated to building charitable resources for a particular geographic area within southeast Michigan, and to investing those resources in programs and organizations working to enhance the quality of life in that area. Each is led by an advisory committee of civic leaders and is supported by many local individuals, families, businesses and nonprofit organizations committed to building a strong and vibrant community.

Community Foundation staff assists each affiliate in making effective investments in local nonprofits and helping its donors fulfill their charitable interests.