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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John Barr scholarship recipient turns training into big savings
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Talk about a return on investment. Village of Lawrence President David Quick credits training he got after receiving the John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship through the MML Foundation for helping his community avoid taking on a ton of debt. A $3 million project that could have forced Lawrence residents to take on $1.7 million in loans – and could have … Read More

Lessons learned and shared
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Michigan’s experience with placemaking for the past decade – building and supporting initiatives that create communities where everyone can love where they live – makes it a perfect case study for others around the globe. That’s why the Michigan Municipal League and our partners at the Michigan Economic Development Corp. were recently featured speakers at the Project for Public Spaces’ … Read More

Thank you to our donors and sponsors
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Local leaders around the state will get the tools they need to make the best decisions for their communities as a result of our donors’ and sponsors’ generosity. Thank you! This year’s League Convention in beautiful Holland included a Foundation reception at lakeside Boatwerks, sponsored by DTE Energy, KeyBank and the Martin Waymire communications firm. The views did not disappoint, … Read More

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