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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.

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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.

Rooted in Community

We celebrate all that was accomplished in our fiscal year every fall. That means this past year included the time before COVID-19, and our experience of the first wave of the pandemic. We reflect on what we learned from our second year supporting changemakers who are collaborating more deeply. Turns out, those partnerships have been key to our community's response to COVID-19. 

OUR ANNUAL REPORT

 

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. 

Glen Lake Community Library

$10,000

Renovation & expansion

SEEDS

$50,000

Clean Energy counseling for institutions

Grand Traverse Conservation District

Grant Recipient

Arts For All

$65,000

Art Escapes program in special education classrooms

Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology

$45,000

Capacity building

Inland Seas Education Association

$34,941

Discovering the Great Lakes program

El Grupo Norte

$25,000

Strong TC project

TART Trails

$75,000

Completing the Boardman Lake Loop 



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 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 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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Mark VanderKlipp opens a window into our learning community

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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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