2023 Annual Report



CMF seeks to advance and amplify exemplary philanthropic practices and field expertise.

Through our virtual and in-person learning and networking events, on-demand resources and expertise and access to data, insights and thought leaders on the state and national levels, we offered customized pathways to support your learning and growth, and to expand your network.

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Knowledge Center

Explore our growing collection of resources curated by our team to deepen your knowledge of best practices, data insights and more.

2023 Annual Conference:
Fostering Communities of Belonging

In the fall of 2023, our community of philanthropy gathered in Detroit for the CMF 51st Annual Conference to explore the idea of belonging and what it means in our collective equity journey. At its core, belonging is about diversity, equity and inclusion – when conditions are created to ensure all can be their authentic selves and fully and meaningfully participate in systems and structures with equal opportunity, power and access. The challenges and struggles we share bring us together, grounded in our common humanity. Together, we created connections, engaged in collaborative conversations and shared learning across breakout sessions, immersive experiences, workshops, networking, main stage events and much more.

We are grateful to the 2023 Sponsors and Exhibitors who helped support an outstanding conference experience for more than 500 attendees.

Save the date and join your philanthropy peers for the CMF 52nd Annual Conference, taking place October 7-9, 2024, in Traverse City! Registration opens in late July.

Michigan Impact Investing Hub

CMF members and sector partners from across Michigan and the country gathered in Kalamazoo in April 2023 for the first in-person convening of the Michigan Impact Investing Hub.

The Michigan Impact Investing Hub is a model for connecting stakeholders engaged in impact investing, including nonprofits, foundations, advisors, fund managers and beyond.

The convening in Kalamazoo featured opportunities for shared learning around impact investing practices and policies, main stage panel discussions highlighting stories of impact within communities around the state, connection spaces by role in the impact investing ecosystem and more.

“I greatly appreciated the opportunity to discuss the challenges and opportunities for those who are attempting to advance an impact investing agenda within their organizations. The panel speakers were insightful, to the point and shared diverse perspectives. As a result of participating, I am even more motivated to advance the critical work of ensuring all investment decisions align with mission, vision and values of positively impacting our communities.”

Camarrah Morgan

Program Partner

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Ask CMF!

Our team of experts is here to answer your technical questions, track down research and connect you with best practices in grantmaking, legal and operational insights, sample documents and more! CMF Experts in Residence Brittany Kienker, Ph.D., and Jennifer Oertel provide 1:1 direct service to CMF members, elevate emerging issues and best practices that are important to our CMF community and the field for shared learning and more.

Get engaged by submitting a question to Brittany Kienker, CMF’s Knowledge Insights Expert in Residence, and connect with Jennifer Oertel, CMF’s Impact Investing Expert in Residence.

Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.
CMF Knowledge Insights Expert in Residence

Featured Blogs

By: Jennifer Oertel

Mobilizing the Entirety of Your Resources For Impact

By: Jennifer Oertel

Anatomy of an Impact Investment In Seven Core Steps

Jennifer Oertel
CMF Impact Investing Expert in Residence

Check out key resources and sample documents for you and your board newly developed in 2023 by our Knowledge Insights Expert in Residence, Dr. Brittany Kienker, directly informed by your “Ask CMF” questions and requests:

The Basics of the Grantmaking Process and Due Diligence
Frequently Asked Questions About Donor Advised Funds
Grantmaking with Purpose - Sample Grant Materials
Common Grant Application and Final Report Template