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Michigan Justice Fund 2021 Annual Report

June 15, 2022

The Michigan Justice Fund aims to support the economic mobility and success of people with criminal records, reduce reliance on confinement and adjudication, and build a movement for communities to shape justice policies and funding. The 2021 annual report outlines what long-term success looks like for each of these goals and shines a spotlight on the progress that already has been made.

Michigan GOP Election Protection (Insurrection) Effort: The Michigan Republican Party partners with conspiracy theorists and insurrectionists to recruit election workers

May 5, 2022

The Michigan Republican Party has teamed up with a coalition of national and local Republican and right-wing groups to recruit paid election workers and credentialed volunteer poll challengers. These groups include an alarming combination of Big Lie conspiracy theorists, people who worked to overturn the 2020 election results, groups involved with the January 6 insurrection, and people who have celebrated political violence.

Global Detroit 2020 – 2021 Impact Report

April 12, 2022

Global Detroit is a national leader advocating for and executing strategies to drive equitable local, regional and statewide economic growth through immigrant inclusion. We continue to develop and lead programs centered on global talent, entrepreneurship and neighborhoods with the aim of demonstrating their potential for large-scale impact. We also continue to conduct groundbreaking research, drive policy and serve as a leading advocate for immigrant inclusion as a strategy to build prosperity for everyone in Southeast Michigan.

Council of Michigan Foundations 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey

March 31, 2022

CMF's 2021 Annual Report: Together on the Journey illustrates the innovative leadership of our members in the areas of Equity, People, Practice and Policy and how CMF is championing the work of Michigan philanthropy as we continue to live into our Equity at the Center strategic framework.As you will see in this edition, 2021 was a year of reimagination and deepened commitment for CMF and our community of philanthropy. Together, we:Created spaces to advance personal and organizational equity journeys.Supported the next generation of philanthropy leaders and emerging leaders through youth philanthropy programming and resources, a revamped mentoring program and member-sponsored fellowships.Convened ad hoc working groups, bringing together deep expertise, research and new partners to address our most pressing issues.Piloted new efforts to inform long-term strategies to move the needle on systemic change.Deepened connections with local and state policymakers to partner in navigating incoming federal COVID relief dollars to shape equitable investments.Commissioned research to provide data to the field to inform data-driven conversations.We are deeply grateful for all in our community of philanthropy who engage and support these efforts, in service to the communities we serve, our state and our field.

The Impact of Gun Violence in Michigan

February 10, 2022

Michigan has taken important steps in passing laws that prevent guns from falling into the hands of individuals who pose a risk to themselves or others. According to the latest scorecard from the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Michigan received a "C" grade for the strength of its gun laws in 2020. The state requires individuals to have a permit before they can purchase a handgun from a private seller, a form of law that a growing body of research suggests is effective at reducing gun homicides. The state also requires private gun owners to report missing or stolen firearms. These actions have worked: Compared with other states, Michigan ranked 31st in terms of gun deaths per every 100,000 people from 2015 to 2019. More recently, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) announced a $75 million plan that includes targeting gun trafficking; supporting programs to increase access to social as well as mental health services; and expanding jobs, education, and employment opportunities in communities affected by violence. After the terrible shooting at Oxford High School in November 2020, Gov. Whitmer correctly called gun violence a public health crisis and pledged to do even more to address it.Despite important progress, however, many gun reform bills in Michigan have been met with opposition, particularly from Republicans in the state legislature. As a result, gun violence remains a key issue that affects communities across the Great Lakes State. Every day, more than three people are killed with a gun and more than nine people are nonfatally injured. In this regard, all state leaders should support additional steps to prevent gun violence. This report presents six aspects of gun violence in Michigan that are particularly alarming or above the national average and that support the need for actions and policies to further reduce and prevent gun violence.

K-8 Student Achievement and Achievement Gaps on Michigan’s 2020-21 Benchmark and Summative Assessments

January 10, 2022

In order to understand student learning and progress toward educational goals during the pandemic, the Michigan legislature mandated new data collection and reporting requirements for local school districts beginning in the 2020-21 school year (2020 PA 149, 2021 PA 48). The Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC) prepared this report in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), the Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI), the Michigan Data Hub (MDH), and the Michigan Education Data Center (MEDC). It is the second in a series of reports that will be delivered to the governor and the senate and house standing committees responsible for education legislation in the Michigan legislature to provide insight into Michigan students' progress toward learning goals during the COVID-19 pandemic.The first report, which was released in August 2021, provided a summary of K-8 students' performance in the fall and spring of the 2020-21 school year, as measured by math and reading benchmark assessments. We found that students across the state missed critical opportunities to learn during the 2020-21 school year; regardless of assessment vendor, subject, or grade level, a substantial set of students scored "significantly behind grade level" on both the fall and spring assessments. Further, across all subjects and grades, the rate of learning appeared to be slower than in a typical pre-pandemic school year. The purpose of this second report is to assess how progress toward learning goals during the 2020-21 school year differed across student groups and district types. 

Marygrove Conservancy Social Investment Case Study

December 14, 2021

In this two-page case study, learn how and why the Kresge Social Investment Practice made a $19 million guarantee in 2020 to the Marygrove Conservancy. Kresge's guarantee allowed the financing for a state-of-the-art early childhood center using New Market Tax Credits. Without the guarantee, lenders were unwilling to take the full faith and credit of the Conservancy to backstop the transaction.

Sharing Data Across Systems: Leveraging Homeless Service and Public Workforce Systems Data to Support Jobseekers Experiencing Homelessness

November 30, 2021

Employment success and housing stability go hand in hand. Although the public workforce and homeless service systems both serve homeless and unstably housed jobseekers, these systems work in silos in many communities. Collaboration is critical for these two systems to achieve their interrelated goals.One promising systems collaboration strategy is cross-system data sharing. This resource provides an overview of data sharing, explains how it can be used to better understand and meet the needs of workforce and homeless service populations in your community, and lifts up how Chicago and Detroit have successfully operationalized this strategy.

Secure MI Vote: Creating Insecurity for Community Polling Places

November 9, 2021

How a Republican ballot initiative could eliminate 20 percent of Michigan polling places by prohibiting the use of donated spaces: an analysis of religious spaces used as polling places in the 2020 election. This report includes an outline of how communities across the state could be affected and the challenges this would present to local clerks and voters, based on interviews with local clerks.

Covering More of Michigan's Children

November 1, 2021

For over a decade, Michigan has had the ability to be more inclusive and enroll thousands more of the state's children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but has not yet opted to do so. Specifically, these children are "lawfully residing," or lawfully present immigrants who meet Medicaid or CHIP state residency and income requirements, yet have lived in the United States for fewer than five years. Federal law requires lawfully residing immigrants to live in the country for five years before they can enroll in some public programs. The 2009 Children's Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act (CHIPRA), however, gave states the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act (ICHIA) option to waive the five-year waiting period for Medicaid and CHIP for lawfully residing children (up to 21 years old) and/or pregnant people.

The Right’s Fight Against Fair Maps: How Michigan Republicans and right-wing groups have opposed independent redistricting, nonpartisan maps, and an equal voice for all voters.

October 26, 2021

Spending millions, filing lawsuits, spreading misinformation, and telling lies: how Michigan Republicans and right-wing groups have fought the historic effort to bring transparency and fairness to our state through an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. They have opposed and continue to oppose independent redistricting, nonpartisan maps, and an equal voice for all voters.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo: Impact Report 2017-2020

October 20, 2021

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) is a comprehensive, national and community-based process developed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) and 174 national partners to identify and address the historic and contemporary effects of racism — to help communities heal and produce actionable, sustainable change.Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Kalamazoo, hosted by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation (KZCF), is a community-based movement to bring about transformational and sustainable change to address the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Kalamazoo is one of the original 14 TRHT locations nationwide, and one of four in Michigan (the others include Flint, Lansing and Battle Creek).TRHT was launched in 2016 by W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Learn more at