Impact of the
Pontiac Funders Collaborative

2020

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2020 Annual Report

The Pontiac Funders Collaborative was launched in 2020 to support a community-driven process to identify city-wide goals in Pontiac. In addition, it provides funding to build capacity for local leaders and organizations to achieve those goals. The Pontiac Funders Collaborative 2021 annual report provides an overview of the initiative’s community-driven activities from September 2020 to August 2021.

Download the 2020 report

 

Pontiac Funders Collaborative 2020 Grantees

$1,277,412 in grants awarded to 18 organizations.

Capacity Building for Nonprofits
Learn about this program here.

    • 2 As 1 Forever: Support to build internal capacity.
    • Bound Together: Support for professional development.
    • Center for Success Network: Support for strengthening financial strategies.
    • Centro Multicultural La Familia: Support for a Nonprofit Management Certificate at Oakland University and for technical assistance.
    • City of Hope CDC: Support for data analysis and Excel training.
    • Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic: Support for launching a comprehensive telemedecine program and for increasing internal fundraising capacity.
    • Greater Pontiac Community Coalition: Support for working during COVID-19.
    • Growing Pontiac: Support for professional development training and consultation.
    • Micah 6 Community: Support for building organizational capacity.
    • Michigan Animal Rescue League: Support for technical assistance.
    • Oakland County Pioneer and Historical Society: Support for opening up Pontiac’s local history online.
    • Oakland Forward Education Fund: Support for leadership development.
    • Pontiac Community Foundation: Support for expanding organizational capacity.
    • Pontiac’s Little Art Theatre: Support for implementing the project Tech to Connect.
    • Venture, Inc.: Support for leadership development and training.
    • We Care Neighborhood Association: Support for training to enhance community engagement.

 

Collective Impact
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  • Oakland University Foundation: Support for backbone administrative costs and operating costs for the Pontiac Collective Impact Partnership.

Expert advising and facilitation provided by Strive Together and Greg Landsman.

 

Entrepreneurship
Learn about this funding priority here.

  • Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency: Support for the Pontiac Small Business Relief Fund to provide emergency capital for neighborhood businesses facing disruptions in operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about recipients of the fund here.
  • Pontiac Community Foundation: Support for development and strategic planning for the Center for Pontiac Entrepreneurship and for a grant program for small business owners in the City of Pontiac.

Business planning and technical assistance provided by T. Ramsey & Associates. Bill Sullivan Enterprises managed the application process for the Small Business Relief Fund.

 

Key Institutions
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  • Centro Multicultural La Familia: Support for unusual operating expenses related to COVID-19 response in Pontiac.
  • City of Pontiac: Support for developing an internal grants management process and system.
  • Lighthouse Michigan: Support for unusual operating expenses related to COVID-19 response in Pontiac.
  • Main Street Pontiac: Support to build its capacity by hiring a full-time manager for one year.
  • Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency: Support for unusual operating expenses related to COVID-19 response in Pontiac.
  • Oakland University Foundation: Support to hire a graduate assistant to work with the OU Chief Community Engagement Officer.
  • School District of the City of Pontiac: Support to implement a K-5 reading program called “Wit and Wisdom” via Great Minds.

 

Public Spaces
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  • Friends of the Clinton River Trail: Support for safety and accessibility improvements to the Clinton River Trail in Pontiac, including upgrades to road crossings, trail surface, and infrastructure.

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Questions? Feel free to contact

Freyja Harris

Director, Pontiac Funders Collaborative and Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion