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    Our Vision:

    A Region that is Fair, Thriving & Resilient.

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    Our Vision:

    A Region that is Fair, Thriving & Resilient.

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    Our Vision:

    A Region that is Fair, Thriving & Resilient.

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    Our Vision:

    A Region that is Fair, Thriving & Resilient.

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    Our Vision:

    A Region that is Fair, Thriving & Resilient.

Resources For Change

Funding

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We provide financial resources to changemakers, investing over $63 million in the 5-county Grand Traverse region since 1977.

Learning

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We offer learning experiences to help changemakers in our region work better together.

Connecting

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We connect changemakers with resources and opportunities that support meaningful change in our region.

Spring grant pipeline now closed

The deadline to schedule a pre-grant meeting has passed.

Applications for the Learning FundChangemaker Fellowship and Seed Grant categories are open year-round, and are reviewed on a monthly basis. 

GRANT GUIDANCE DOCUMENT

 

Our Grantees In Action

We've supported hundreds of local organizations over the years who make the five-county region a unique place to learn and grow. We're honored to work in partnership with grantees to build a region that is fair, thriving and resilient. 

Safe Routes to School

$130,000

Support schools and families to navigate Safe Routes to School infrastructure

Peace Ranch

$60,000

Expand equine therapy services

Housing North

$125,000

Advocacy for Affordable Housing

TART Trails

$65,000

Construct a segment of the Traverse City to Charlevoix trail system

Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation

$60,000

Expand Generations Ahead

Leelanau Conservancy

$40,000

Support for the Palmer Woods 1000-Acre Project

Human Nature School

$44,000

Timber Frame Barn

SEEDS

$37,500

Organic waste systems analysis



Working Better Together

We feel fortunate to support good work in our community financiailly, but we are just as proud of our efforts to connect and work alongside changemakers in our region through opportunities to learn and collaborate. Together we create the conditions for more meaningful change.

Our Leadership Learning Lab sweeps lower northwest Michigan:

Our Mission:

We’re working together to address our region’s complex problems & create community assets for all.

Learn With Us

by Courtney
An appreciation and celebration of the thriving leaders in our community.

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by Miriam
Sakura's experience, community leadership, and vision for the future of the organization solidified her selection. 

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by Miriam
Ripple Effects Mapping blends appreciative inquiry and mind mapping to measure a broad range of program impacts.

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by Miriam
Open opportunities by elevating individuals.

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by Miriam
Resilient responses to crisis reveal hidden capacities and opportunities to reimagine and improve

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by Miriam
Tools For Engagement And Collaboration In The Virtual Space

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by Miriam
It started as a group of colleagues who just wanted to better understand recycling in our region.  But thanks to a Seed Grant, their work grew into a Systems Change Accelerator grant matched with State funding.

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by Courtney
Lessons From Navigating One Year Of Remote Work

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by Miriam
Becky Ewing reflects on 14 years at Rotary Charities and the impact of service on her career, personal life, and community.

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by tori
This center of community care is growing with Kingsley neighbors in mind.

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by tori
When COVID-19 changed the way they interact with educators, the art park leveraged years of materials to create a beautiful field guide for online learners.

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by tori
We chat with Dan Buron from Goodwill and Christina Barkle from Groundwork Center about community care during COVID-19.

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by admin
In this video series, Leadership Learning Lab alums share how their practice has shifted.

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by tori
Tori talks with Julie about the deep relationship building it takes to create a community asset.

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by Amelia
Environmental organizations work together to tackle invasive plant species threatening our dunes - but they can't do it without the community.

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by Amelia
In a country where health and wellness is so closely linked to social class, Traverse Health is a haven for dignified care for all - especially during COVID-19.

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by tori
Tori and Seth talk about anti-oppression work, white allyship and creative practice in the first episode of our Connected for Change podcast.

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by becky
Justice for George Floyd

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by tori
As we rearrange the way we work together during COVID-19, the CHIR is making it easy for health and social service supporters to work together from a distance on Basecamp.

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by tori
Our local food relief system is relying on their partnerships to make sure no one is left behind during the crisis.

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by becky
Becky reaches out and shares how she is staying resilient during CoVID-19

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by admin
In this video, we hear from Mancelona residents about the potential blight removal brings to this Northern Michigan community.

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by tori
An evaluator who studies systems change around the world shares some advice with us.

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by sakura
We've unlocked a portion of our endowed assets for financial & social returns, in support of nonprofit projects

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by admin
Mark VanderKlipp opens a window into our learning community

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by admin
In this video, our community reflects on our strategic shift.

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by tori
Two Rotary Directors on tape sharing their thoughts on servant leadership.

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by freya
Systems practice offers a new way forward to make durable progress on complex problems.

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by becky
Daunted. Stressed. And yes, a little terrified. This is where I found myself as I began the journey to take over for a well-loved, long-time leader of our foundation. I knew my relationship with stress had to change.

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by colleen
On rearranging your expectations to make space for what is important

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by lucille
You can rewire your brain and improve your leadership capacity. How, you ask?

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