2023 Annual Report



CMF seeks to foster the growth and development of current and future philanthropy leaders.

CMF is committed to cultivating and celebrating the leadership of all those who power our sector, across the entire continuum of their engagement in philanthropy – including youth, emerging practitioners, mid-career staff and trustees and the most tenured leaders in our field. In 2023, we enhanced learning and connection opportunities for youth leaders, emerging leaders, executives and trustees through new resources, cohorts and more.

Leadership Development & Mentoring Program

We are proud to recognize the emerging and experienced leaders who engaged in our 2023 Leadership Development & Mentoring Program!

This six-month program features one-to-one customized coaching, leadership style and 360-degree leadership assessments and a curriculum that centers on principles of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), exploring topics such as emotional intelligence, personal values and career development. Applications for our next cohort will open this summer. Learn more about the program and meet our 2024 cohort!

“Participating in the Leadership Development & Mentoring Program was one of the highlights of my year. My favorite part was building meaningful relationships with others in philanthropy. This larger network of peers and mentors made me feel more confident in my role at the Consumers Energy Foundation.”

Angela Wetherby

Senior Attorney

Consumers Energy/Consumers Energy Foundation and 2023 Emerging Leader.

2023 Emerging Leaders

Aline Batawi

Communications Coordinator,

Angela Wetherby

Senior Attorney, Consumers Energy/Consumers Energy Foundation

Ashley Johnson

Program Officer,
The Kresge Foundation

Christine Stevens

Content Specialist,

Erica Vanneste

Client Service and Foundation Specialist, The Connable Office

Gretchen Ward

Foundation Consultant, AAA -
The Auto Club Group Foundation

Jessica Donahue

Director of Communications & Events, Capital Region Community Foundation

Jillian Foster

Director of Community Engagement, Barry Community Foundation

Jordan Duckens

Communications Strategist,
Kresge Arts in Detroit

Lisa Jones

Program Assistant,
Health Initiatives, Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan

Matt Hoerauf

Program Manager, Strategic Initiatives, The Skillman Foundation

Miriam Owsley

Strategic Communications Manager, Rotary Charities of Traverse City

Nathan Murphy

Government Relations and Public Policy Coordinator, CMF

Regina Cardenas

Learning Services Program Coordinator, CMF

Yadah Ramirez

Director of Community Impact,
The Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

2023 Mentors

Alex Dawson

Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications,
Community Foundation of Greater Flint

George Jacobsen

Program Director, Southeast Michigan Economic and Cultural Vitality,
William Davidson Foundation

Gilda Jacobs

Former President & CEO,
Michigan League for Public Policy

Heidi Reijm

Former Program and Learning Officer, Hudson-Webber Foundation

Holli Seabury

Executive Director,
Delta Dental Foundation and
CMF Trustee

Kathryn Thomas

Vice President, Communications,
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation

Kathy Reincke

Director of Communications,
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Kelly Froedtert

Office Manager and Executive Assistant, Jackson Community Foundation

Marijata Daniel-Echols

Program Officer,
W. K. Kellogg Foundation

Sharon Mortenson

President and CEO,
Midland Area Community Foundation

Sonia Plata

Foundation Director, Office of Corporate Responsibility, Flagstar Bank

Susan Vanisacker

Director of Community Relations,
La-Z-Boy Foundation

Tory Martin

Director, Communications & Strategic Partnerships,
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Tryphena Clarke

Community Engagement Officer,
Ruth Mott Foundation

Foundation Leaders Cohort

In 2022-2023, CMF launched a pilot effort to bring together a cadre of outstanding foundation leaders who began their role as CEO or Executive Director within the previous 2-5 years, creating opportunities for relationship building among the group and shared equity-centered learning to meet their unique needs. The cohort experience was then strengthened and refined to be an even more impactful offering, available by invitation only and offered exclusively to current CMF members. Learn more about the cohort and meet our 2024 participants!

A virtual gathering of our 2024 Foundation Leaders Cohort

2023 Cohort

Daniel Petersen

Executive Director,
Pokagon Fund

Erica Heminger

Executive Director,
Branch County Community Foundation

Jennifer Nottingham

Executive Director,
Guido A. & Elizabeth H. Binda Foundation

Kathryn Buckner

Executive Director,
Americana Foundation

Kathy Dickens

Executive Director,
Four County Community Foundation

Kimberlee Baczewski

President and CEO,
Strosacker Family Foundation

Sakura Takano

Rotary Charities of Traverse City

Shannon Polk

President and CEO,
Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

Shelly Kasprzycki

Fremont Area Community Foundation

Stephanie Calhoun

Executive Director,
Allegan County Community Foundation

Steve Habusta

Executive Director,
Chippewa County Community Foundation

Steve Petty

5 Healthy Towns

Zosia Eppensteiner

Marquette County Community Foundation

Supporting CEOs, Executive Directors & Trustees

Visit our new online hub featuring resources and supports available for CEOs, executive directors and trustees in our community of philanthropy. You will find customized CMF-developed resources on key topics such as governance, succession planning, executive transitions and more.

In 2023, we released a new series of resources designed to address questions of governance and management of foundations in the field: “What Boards and Executives Need to Know.” Explore our curated resources to access primers on self-dealing, conflicts of interest, executive searches, succession planning and more.

Award Honorees

Our community of philanthropy celebrated the exceptional service and outstanding leadership of 10 changemakers during the CMF 51st Annual Conference in Detroit in November 2023. Learn more about our philanthropy award honorees here! Our next call for nominations will open in May of 2024.

Reimagining Our Peer Communities

In 2023, we asked for your input to help us strengthen our peer communities, including affinity groups, learning communities and online communities. Thank you for your participation! Together with the CMF member co-chairs of these groups, we used your feedback to inform and shape how CMF peer communities connect, convene and learn together more effectively. Learn more & get connected today!

Youth Philanthropy

Youth Advisory Council (YAC) members and YAC advisors from around the state gathered in June 2023 for the annual Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference. The theme was Rooted: Growth and Connection. Through three days of engaging and powerful programming, YAC members explored how to stay involved in philanthropy throughout their lives, generated community impact ideas, created a safe space to discuss mental health, and learned how to effectively engage in informed conversations to bridge divides in their own communities.

MCFYP Committee members pictured at the 2023 Youth Grantmakers Summer Leadership Conference. From left to right: Alex Carlson, Brandon Hofmeister, Lilian Zink, Camille Gerville-Reache, Samuel Powell, John Lee, Miranda Moore, Rebecca Emmons, Megan Gydesen
“YACs are so valuable because they show youth that their community needs them and also show the community how much they need youth engagement. Our communities don’t need youth to be leaders someday, they need them right now.”

Patti Wheater

Senior Communications Officer

Fremont Area Community Foundation

Learning to Give

Learning to Give (LTG) serves youth leaders, philanthropic organizations, educators, families and other partners to educate, equip and empower all Michigan youth with philanthropy knowledge, skills and experience. View LTG’s Resources.

LTG’s History of U.S. Philanthropy Timeline features stories of diverse individuals and organizations who have used their time, voice, connections and resources to make an impact in the world. Young people, who are capable changemakers, can examine this history to question and explore the ways philanthropy has created lasting change and changed itself. By sharing stories of the past, we equip and empower youth to shape the story of philanthropy today and in the future. Youth voice and action are part of this story.

Questions and activities help users interact with the timeline events.

Celebrating Our CMF Community

Explore CMF’s timeline, launched in 2023 in honor of our 50th anniversary, to learn about the people, practices and policies that have shaped where we are now and how we will continue to lead, strengthen and support Michigan philanthropy in the decades to come.