The Michigan Municipal League Foundation will help create and maintain vibrant communities in Michigan by funding placemaking projects and through education to 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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Getting Into the Spirit of #GivingTuesday
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In the spirit of the season and #GivingTuesday, here is a guest blog written by my inimitable colleague Heather Van Poucker, Director of Information and Policy Research for the League. Heather is spearheading the League’s holiday service project: What’s your favorite part of the holiday season?  Time with family?  The parties, the food, the gifts, the music & decorations?  I … Read More

This is our Moment
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There is nothing better in this job than getting to preach the placemaking gospel. I believe in communities. I believe they are at the center of job creation, talent attraction and retention, and economic development. Even better than a personally held belief is national data to support your passion. I was able to share my passion for communities this week … Read More

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On Tuesday, December 1, the Foundation will be participating and promoting in the third annual #GivingTuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. The idea is to for you or your organization to give back in some fashion. Maybe it’s through donations (we’re happy to help you with that) or through volunteering. #GivingTuesday is the perfect opportunity to give back to … Read More

Communities for a Lifetime
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At the League we talk a lot about what creates great communities. A big piece of that is attracting and retaining talented millennials (those right out of college to age 35ish). Millennials are the most mobile generation in our population, and they’re critical to economic success. But what about the rest of us? (I say “us” as I am probably … Read More

The Heart and Soul of Your Community
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We focus a lot on the importance of partnerships in building great communities, and the philanthropic community plays a critical role in those strategic partnerships. Creating vibrant places means having a community conversation and working with other leaders to implement vision and goals. To that end the Orton Family Foundation has released its revised and updated Community Heart & Soul™ … Read More

#MMLConv 2015 = Success!
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Last week the League held its annual convention in Traverse City. More than 500 local officials came together, and for the first time we encouraged our members to bring another community leader. We were joined by chamber of commerce executives, downtown development authority directors and nonprofit leaders among others. It was one of our best events yet, and a huge … Read More