The Michigan Municipal League Foundation helps create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and educating community leaders and advocates. We recognize that communities are economic drivers, so the Foundation plays a key role in connecting communities to opportunities to help them grow and thrive.

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Why you should support local communities—and attend the Foundation’s event at Convention
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We believe that local elected and appointed officials should have access to the knowledge and skills they need to lead and govern their communities, but most municipalities have little-to-no funding for professional development. The MML Foundation provides both affordable research-based training and scholarships that allow these leaders to access helpful resources. Your investment can help local elected officials get the … Read More

Three deserving local officials are getting leadership training thanks to our generous donors
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We’re pleased to announce the first three recipients of a new scholarship that will cover up to $1,000 each for municipal managers and elected officials to get training to help their communities. The first recipients of the Foundation’s John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship are: Sarah Dvoracek, Evart city treasurer/city assessor Lee Kilbourn, Auburn mayor and Michigan Association of Mayors president David … Read More

League, MML Foundation, Mott Foundation take SaveMICity message to Mackinac Island
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The League’s message that Michigan’s system to fund municipalities needs a major fix was the topic of two events at the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Policy Conference on May 31 and June 1. Sponsored by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the League held a standing-room-only panel on May 31 at the conference featuring League President and Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, … Read More

Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient: Jon Emaus
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Jon Emaus has a law degree from Wayne State University and studied economics and political science at the University of Michigan. Even so, the new Brighton City Council Member and Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient, said that attending the League’s Elected Officials Academy gave him practical information and helped him build a network that will make him a better public official. From … Read More

Donor Story: Donations are an investment in good government
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Working as a local leader sometimes means sifting through the clutter, going beyond the loudest voices and learning about all potential options before making a decision. Carla Gribbs, a DTE Energy regional manager and MML Foundation board member, said she invests in the Foundation because it helps provide the tools that those local officials need. “I believe in good government … Read More

Donor Story: Supporting the Foundation means better trained leaders
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John Barr has served as Ypsilanti city attorney since 1981, advises several other municipal clients and has taught law at Eastern Michigan University. He credits the Michigan Municipal League for helping him succeed. “I feel a big debt to the MML for all of the information and learning I’ve been able to access and all of the friends and connections … Read More