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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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

Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient: Erik Dolan
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Tim Doyle Scholarship recipient Erik Dolan, who recently attended the Elected Officials Academy Core Weekender Training program, said he appreciated both the financial support and the chance to network with other local leaders. “The opportunity and resources were fabulous,” said Dolan, the Village of Oxford Council president pro tem. “I learned that if you’re looking for specific resources, the MML … Read More

New Scholarship to Provide Education Opportunities to Elected and Appointed Municipal Officials
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We just announced a new scholarship that will provide educational opportunities for municipal managers and elected officials. The John Barr Leadership Education Scholarship was unveiled during the Michigan Municipal League’s Capital Conference in Lansing. The Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Michigan Municipal League and it helps the League provide the training and information local leaders need to best … Read More

Donor Story: No more “now what?”
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Getting newly elected officials from “now what?” to having the knowledge they need to lead their communities is a top priority for Jeff Jenks, a Huntington Woods City Commissioner and Foundation donor. “I appreciate what the League and the Foundation are doing,” he said. “And I’m willing to spend the money to make sure other people can attend training and … Read More

Donor Story: Confidence and Connections
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Whether it’s catalytic placemaking initiatives or urban chicken coop ordinances, Berkley Mayor Pro Tem Steve Baker says he can always find another local leader who’s dealt with the issue before. He credits these connections and other benefits as reasons why he supports the Foundation with a monthly gift. “The Foundation helps the League do awesome things,” Baker said. “It gives … Read More