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Impact Investing attracts new resources

We've unlocked a portion of our endowed assets for financial & social returns, in support of nonprofit projects
by Sakura Takano, Director of Community Assets & Impact Investing Rotary Charities has been in the business of regional grantmaking for 42 years, deploying over $60 million ……

Protecting Our Lakeshore

Environmental organizations work together to tackle invasive plant species threatening our dunes - but they can't do it without the community.
  "Where Are They Now" is a series of stories highlighting our grantee partners and where their work has taken them, written by our summer intern, Amelia Burke. A……

Revitalizing Mancelona, house by house

In this video, we hear from Mancelona residents about the potential blight removal brings to this Northern Michigan community.
In this video, we hear from Mancelona residents about the potential blight removal brings to this Northern Michigan community. Thanks to Mancelona Community Development for the opp……

From Seed Grant to Systems Change

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.
Approx. 4 minute read We know that changemakers and their partners have the capacity to create enduring impacts in their community. They think big and tackle complex issues &mda……

Transform Your Organization by Creating a Learning Culture

Open opportunities by elevating individuals.
In many ways, it may feel like your work has become more demanding in the last year or so. As we continue to navigate the challenges of working from home, juggling deadlines, famil……

An Anniversary and 30 Years of Tremendous ROI

  Approx. 3 minute read I was pleased to read the recent announcement in The Rotarian magazine that the environment is a priority for Rotary International. The announcem……

Guidance for Grant Seekers

As the deadline to apply for our Fall 2021 Grant Cycle approaches, we're sharing some resources that may be helpful as you submit your application.
Rotary Charities envisions communities that are adaptive and thriving for everyone, and we're committed to working in partnership with changemakers to help us all get there.&nb……

Expanding Access to Healthy Food: A Changemaker+Funder Partnership to Shift a System

A group of Northern Michigan nonprofit organizations and a coalition of food pantries are working collaboratively to tackle food insecurity by going upstream to address its root causes.
At the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is the category of Physiological Needs: the most basic needs that include food, water, warmth, and rest. Food insecurity, defined a……

Honoring History, Revitalization of a Railroad Town

Kalkaska village officials are leading an effort to honor the town's history and revitalize the downtown.
The Village of Kalkaska was founded in 1873 as a lumber town, which benefited economically from the arrival of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, and later the Pere Marquette……