Previous Funding Partners

We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to our funders, and their generosity and support of our work. Below is a list of our previous funders. For more information on specific funded projects, please visit our Funded Projects page.

To view our current funders, visit the Current Funding Partners page.

Previous Funders

American College Personnel Association

American College Personnel Association (ACPA), headquartered in Washington, D.C. at the National Center for Higher Education, is the leading comprehensive student affairs association that advances student affairs and engages students for a lifetime of learning and discovery.  ACPA supports and fosters college student learning through the generation and dissemination of knowledge, which informs policies, practices and programs for student affairs professionals and the higher education community.

Atlantic Philanthropies

The Atlantic Philanthropies are dedicated to bringing about lasting changes in the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable people.  At the heart of its work is the belief that all people have the right to opportunity, equity and dignity.  The Atlantic Philanthropies are committed to achieving these outcomes by supporting exceptional leaders and organizations to make lasting improvements in the lives of people who have been denied these opportunities and rights.

College Board

The College Board promotes excellence and equity in education through programs for K–12 and higher education institutions, and by providing students a path to college opportunities, including financial support and scholarships.  It also serves the education community through research and advocacy on behalf of students, educators, schools and colleges.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

For the past 26 years, the Community Foundation has served as a vehicle for donors, volunteers and community members to identify important issues, share ideas and build financial resources to make positive long-term change.  Every day, the Community Foundation is helping individuals, businesses, nonprofit organizations and other foundations meet their charitable and financial goals by providing tools and resources that make giving to one’s community easier, flexible, and effective.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Imani Fund

For the past 26 years, the Community Foundation has served as a vehicle for donors, volunteers and community members to identify important issues, share ideas and build financial resources to make positive long-term change.  The Imani Fund is a donor-advised fund to carry out grant making through the use of mini-grants.

Conference for Mercy Higher Education

The mission of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education is the preservation and development of the core Catholic identity and mission of Mercy higher education in accord with the spirit, mission, and heritage of the Sisters of Mercy.

Council on Public Policy Education

The Council on Public Policy Education is a nonprofit organization founded in 1977.  It is dedicated to the research and practice of deliberative democracy, nationally and internationally.  Among the Council’s objectives are to encourage civic collaboration among the spectrum of community and educational organizations toward educating the next generation in the nature and responsibilities of democracy, to promote the development of more effective ways for educating institutions and organizations to assist the public in learning the public’s business, and to stimulate inquiry into the nature of democracy.

Cranbrook Educational Community 

Cranbrook is one of the world’s leading centers of education, science and art.  Comprised of a graduate Academy of Art, contemporary Art Museum, House & Gardens, natural history museum and Pre-K through 12 independent college preparatory schools, Cranbrook welcomes thousands of visitors and students to its campus each year.  Critics have called Cranbrook “the most enchanted and enchanting setting in America” and in 1989, it was designated a National Historic Landmark.

C.S. Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation affirms its founder’s vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race — where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally.  The Foundation pursues this vision through creative grant making, thoughtful communication and other activities that enhance community in its many forms.  The same vision of shared learning shapes its internal culture as it strives to maintain an ethic of respect, integrity and responsibility.  The Foundation seeks to strengthen, in people and its organizations, what Mr. Mott called “the capacity for accomplishment.”

Detroit Regional Chamber

With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country.  The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and valuable benefits to members.

Endowment for Basic Science at the University of Michigan Medical School

The Endowment for Basic Sciences (EBS) was established in 2002 to support basic and translational research at the University of Michigan. Major purposes of the EBS include faculty recruiting and retention, new cross-cutting programmatic initiatives, and facilitation of multi-investigator grants. The EBS works collaboratively with centers, institutes, clinical departments and other entities at the University of Michigan.

Ginsberg Center for Community and Service Learning

The Ginsberg Center’s mission is to engage students, faculty and community members in learning together through community service and civic engagement in a diverse, democratic society.  Through service, community partnerships and social justice education, the Ginsberg Center enriches student learning, advances community priorities and inspires a lifelong commitment to citizenship.  The Ginsberg Center offers a range of programs and works with students and faculty to strengthen community service learning across the University of Michigan.

Graham Institute, University of Michigan School of Natural Resources

The Johnson Foundation

Its mission is to be a catalyst for positive and lasting change leading to healthier environments and communities.  The Foundation convenes the right people on timely and compelling topics and empowers them to find innovative solutions with sustained impact.

Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance

The Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance creates opportunities for 1,500 Kellogg Fellows from across the world to leave a significant legacy as a result of having participated in leadership development programs through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  Founded in 2002, KFLA’s mission is to identify and implement solutions to complex challenges by expanding the work and the impact of these Fellows in collaboration with local leaders, one another, and other foundations’ leadership alumni groups.

Kettering Foundation

Macomb Community College

Macomb Community College is one of the nation’s leading community colleges, providing learning experiences to more than 48,000 students annually.  Macomb nationally ranks in the top two percent in the number of associate degrees awarded and as the largest grantor of associate degrees in Michigan.  The college’s comprehensive educational programming includes pre-collegiate experiences, university transfer and career preparation programs, bachelor degree completion and graduate degree programs, workforce training, professional education and certification, and continuing education and enrichment opportunities.

Marguerite Casey Foundation

The Marguerite Casey Foundation exists to help low income families strengthen their voice and mobilize their communities in order to achieve a more just and equitable society for all.  It is dedicated to creating a movement of working families advocating on their own behalf for change.  The Marguerite Casey Foundation strives to bring humility and hope to its work.  Its actions are guided by the firm belief that significant positive change is not only possible, but absolutely necessary.

McGregor Fund

The McGregor Fund is a private foundation organized “to relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind.”  It was established by a $5,000 deed of gift from Tracy W. McGregor in 1925, and later augmented to nearly $10 million through subsequent gifts from Mr. McGregor and his wife, Katherine Whitney McGregor.  Through their generosity, over the past 86 years the Fund has provided nearly $200 million in assistance to organizations serving the metropolitan Detroit area.

Michigan Campus Compact

Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.  Michigan’s higher education community shares a commitment to service, partnerships and collaborations that engages and prepares college students to participate in a vibrant democracy, that promotes sustainability and global understandings.

Michigan Department of Treasury

This funding represent support for research conducted on behalf of the Governor’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education in Michigan.

National Center for Institutional Diversity

The National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) catalyzes innovative approaches to diversity challenges and opportunities within the university, other major social institutions, the nation, and the world.  Addressing diversity in its richest, broadest sense, the NCID promotes, launches, and advances national exemplars that foster concrete, lasting social change.

New Partnerships Foundation

The New Partnerships Foundation seeks to develop cooperative programs between organizations on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border that promote environmental awareness and community action projects for the benefit of residents of the border region.

 Oakland University

As a state-supported institution of higher education, Oakland University has a three-fold mission.  It offers instructional programs of high quality that lead to degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels, as well as programs in continuing education; it advances knowledge and promotes the arts through research, scholarship, and creative activity; and it renders significant public service.  In all its activities, the university strives to exemplify educational leadership in a diverse and inclusive environment.

Presidents Council; State Universities of Michigan

The Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, based in Lansing, Michigan is a nonprofit higher education association serving Michigan’s 15 state universities.  Each year, Michigan’s public universities serve about 303,000 students, focusing on the delivery of excellent undergraduate and graduate education and equal educational opportunity.

Society for College and University Planning

The Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), which was established in 1965, is a community of senior, higher education leaders who are responsible for, or are involved in, the integration of planning on their campuses and for the professionals who support them. SCUP is an affiliate of the University of Michigan’s School of Education.  Members look to SCUP to find ways to successfully integrate the institution’s mission into their academic plan, and then seek to integrate all other kinds of planning on campus in support of the academic plan.

State Farm Insurance of Michigan — Good Neighbor Citizen Grant

Established in 1963, the State Farm Companies Foundation provides support for key initiatives and scholarships as well as associate-directed programs including grants supporting volunteerism and matching gifts to two- and four-year colleges and universities.  The State Farm Companies Foundation and State Farm values inclusiveness and diversity.

Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation 

Created by the Texas Legislature in 1979, Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation is a public, nonprofit corporation that promotes educational access and success so that students can realize their college and career dreams.  TG offers resources to help students and families plan and prepare for college, learn the basics of money management, and repay their federal student loans.  TG’s vision is to be the premier provider of information, products, and services to help students and families realize their education and career dreams.

Trinity Health Corporation

Trinity Health, the 10th largest health system in the nation and the fourth largest Catholic health care system in the country, is devoted to a ministry of healing and hope.  Serving through a network of 47 acute-care hospitals, 432 outpatient facilities, 32 long-term care facilities, and numerous home health offices and hospice programs in ten states, Trinity Health draws on a rich and compassionate history of care extending beyond 140 years.

University of Michigan Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy

The core of CLOSUP’s mission is its research component, including research projects run by CLOSUP.  The Center also fosters and occasionally sponsors research projects directed by other members of the University of Michigan faculty.  Major projects at CLOSUP include the Michigan Public Policy Survey and the Education Policy Initiative.

University of Michigan Office of the Provost

The Provost is the chief academic officer of the University and has responsibility for the University’s academic and budgetary affairs.  The Provost collaborates with the President in setting overall academic priorities for the University and allocates funds to carry these priorities forward.

University of Michigan Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has central responsibility for nurturing excellence in research, scholarship and creative activity across the entire campus.  It has primary responsibility for research policy, oversight of responsible conduct of research education and compliance, and oversight of administration and support of research activity by the faculty.  OVPR has administrative responsibility for several independent, interdisciplinary research units, as well as units, which provide support to the research and technology transfer activities on campus.  OVPR works with the deans and department chairs to develop and support interdisciplinary research initiatives and symposia.

University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School

The Rackham Graduate School is the home of graduate education at the University of Michigan. More than 7,000 students are enrolled in Rackham’s 108 Ph.D., 83 master’s, and 33 certificate programs situated within the schools and colleges of the University.  Since conferring its first doctoral degree in 1876, the University of Michigan has advanced the value of graduate education in meeting society’s needs.  In 1935, donor Mary Rackham worked with President Alexander Ruthven to endow the Graduate School with the means to support graduate education at Michigan.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation supports children, families and communities as they strengthen and create conditions that propel vulnerable children to achieve success as individuals and as contributors to the larger community and society.