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2021 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. Pontiac Founders Collaborative 2021 second annual report provides an overview of the Pontiac Funders Collaborative community-driven initiatives and activities from September 2020 to August 2021.

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Pontiac Funders Collaborative Investments to Date

Since its launch, the Pontiac Funders Collaborative has awarded over $2.8 million to 28 organizations in Pontiac. In addition, it has supported Pontiac organizations through training, engagement, advising, and other skill-building activities led by local and regional experts across a variety of fields.

2021 Grantees

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

Capacity Building for Nonprofits
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  • 2 As 1 Forever: To receive training to learn how to develop a team, provide adequate direction for marketing, and ensure correct financial management for the organization.
  • Accent Pontiac: Support to increase awareness and donors by investing in an updated website, donor database, and graphic design expertise.
  • Bound Together: Support for organizational development capacities through training for the board in major gifts development, planned giving, and the importance of strategic planning to non-profit governance and leadership.
  • Center for Success Network: Support for Connected Parent Engagement that identifies, addresses, and remedies adverse effects of socioeconomic disadvantages on parenting and children’s aptitude for literacy learning. In addition, support of education-focused DEI training for the Director of Equity and Social Responsibility.
  • Centro Multicultural La Familia: Support for consultant services to develop a capital campaign to raise funds to rehabilitate a building that has been donated for a community center.
  • Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic: Support to provide expert counseling and instruction to address board culture that will sustain the organization for future generations and make GBCHC a dynamic partner for the Pontiac community.
  • E-Community Outreach Services: Support for financial strategy training to strengthen knowledge of and access to tools that test assumptions and create models.
  • Friends of Pontiac Parks Association: Support to rebuild and expand the capacity of the organization to raise funds on a consistent and sustainable basis and to better align with its mission to support Pontiac parks.
  • Growing Pontiac: Support to receive the Nonprofit Management Certification at Oakland University to improve capacity for fundraising and financial management.
  • Micah 6 Community: Support to assist in the creation, administering and evaluation of a community needs assessment targeted at census tract 1420 in Pontiac.
  • Pontiac Community Foundation: Support to develop the fundamental elements of a community foundation model to ensure long-term investment in the Pontiac community.
  • Sheriff PAL Program: support for training in Salesforce software.
  • The Art Experience: Support to purchase and implement a HIPAA compliant, robust case management software program.

Expert advising, assessments, and training provided by Michigan Community Resources, Michigan Nonprofit Association, and the Work Department.


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.


Communications and Storytelling
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  • Main Street Pontiac: Support for hiring a firm or contractor to expand marketing strategies for the organization’s community events.

Engagement, research, strategy development, and facilitation provided by Early Works.


Learn about this funding priority here.

  • Pontiac Community Foundation: Support for Center for Pontiac Entrepreneurship, convening entrepreneurship stakeholders, and gathering data about the small business community.

Engagement, strategy development, and facilitation provided by Projects + People.


Key Institutions
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  • Lighthouse Michigan: Support for predevelopment costs of a capital/capacity initiative for expanded operations.
  • Main Street Pontiac: Support for staff capacity to coordinate and advance day to day activities.
  • Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency: Support for two Employment Coaches that provide 6-12 months of person-centered, intensive case management and engagement.
  • School District of the City of Pontiac: Support for Communities In Schools program at the elementary and middle school and continuation at the high school.


Public Spaces
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  • Pontiac Community Foundation: Support for the redevelopment of Mattie McKinney Hatchett Park to serve as a state-of-the-art park for the community and a model for future development.
Katie Brisson, VP, Program

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Katie Brisson

Vice President, Program