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Supporting Michigan K-12 public school education foundations through networking, collaboration, and professional development

The Michigan Education Foundation (MEF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization built by and for people passionate about quality public K-12 education in Michigan. Its mission is to be a catalyst for the creation and growth of local education foundations in communities across our state.

The MEF hosts five meetings a year.  Each meeting focuses on a topic relevant to education foundations and includes time for Q&A and idea sharing between attendees

Upcoming Meetings

    Meetings are located (unless otherwise noted) in the Okemos Public Schools Administration Building / 4406 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI  48864 (** virtual meetings as of May 2020)

  • All persons associated with an education foundation are welcome. 

  • MEF membership is not required for meeting attendance for new foundations.

  • to attend a meeting, send us a message and we'll add you to our email list.

2021-22 MEF Meetings

  • August 16, 2021: Re-Energize your foundation -- via Zoom (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

  • October 4, 2021: Annual Appeals  -- in-person, we hope (11 AM - 2PM)

  • January 10, 2022:  Donor Retention -- via Zoom

  • March 7, 2022:  Grants -- via Zoom (11:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

  • May 2, 2022:  Dividing foundation tasks and succession planning -- in person (11AM - 2 PM)

 

Previous Meeting Topics

  • Private donor meetings, corporate partnerships

  • Education foundation / District partnerships 

  • Communication Plans

  • Donor Retention 

  • Annual Appeals

  • Endowment campaigns

  • Transitioning from all-volunteer board to paid staff

  • Public school funding in Michigan

  • Board engagement

  • Website solutions for nonprofits; ADA compliance

  • Board best practices

  • Fundraising events

  • Starting or re-starting a K-12 education foundation

  • Social media marketing

  • Email marketing

  • Outreach strategies for major gifts

MEF Membership

MEF membership supports the continuation of the organization and offers these benefits to member foundations:  

Annual MEF Membership Benefits

  • 5 meetings per year, featuring both outside and inside speakers

  • Document sharing via a Google intranet site 

  • Networking/idea sharing with other state foundation leaders

  • Learning opportunities on topics relevant to running an education foundation

  • Link from the MEF website to your foundation; use of the MEF logo on your foundation's site

  • Notes and documents from each meeting

Annual Membership Dues: $125   Join or renew online

Come to our next meeting and see what we're all about. 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Can we add you to our mailing list?  Would you like more information?  Send us a message.

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The MEF is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors.  Directors are elected from the membership and serve 3-year terms.  Meet our current board:
 

 
 
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AMY

STUURSMA

President

East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation

2915 Hall St.

Grand Rapids, MI 49056

astuursm@egrps.org

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SUE

RIEMLAND

Vice President

St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation

3275 Lincoln Ave.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

sjpsfoundation@sjschools.org

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GRETCHEN

WARD

Treasurer

Plymouth-Canton Educational Excellence Foundation

454 South Harvey Street
Plymouth MI 48170

Gretchen.Ward@pccsk12.com

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ANNHERST KREITZ

Secretary

Foundation for Saline Area Schools

P.O. Box 5

Saline, MI 48176 

annherst@supportfsas.org

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GINA
GABEL

Director

Grosse Pointe Alumni & Friends Association

18530 Mack Ave, Suite #290

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 49236

gina@gpalumniandfriends.org

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KEN
JONES

Director

Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation (LEAF)

2901 Wabash Rd.

Lansing, MI 48910

kej48911@gmail.com

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BETH MEYER-KRAFF

Director

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MARTHA

HENTZ

MEF Coordinator

MichiganEducationFoundation@

gmail.com

517.512.5821