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 idea sharing and Q&A among 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.

2020-21 MEF Meetings

  • August 10, 2020: Current issues facing education foundations 

  • October 5, 2020: Fundraising Part 1 (events) 

  • January 11, 2021:  Fundraising, Part 2 (private donor meetings, corporate partners)

  • March 8, 2021:  Education foundation / District partnerships: various models

  • May 3, 2021:  Classroom Grants (and annual meeting)

 **Due to the uncertainty of our times, the MEF board may change the scheduled meeting topics to address the current needs of our members.

Previous Meeting Topics

  • Virtual Discussion Series

  • May 4: How can education foundations stay relevant today? 

  • May 11: Spring fundraising events: what's next?

  • May 18: Education foundation finances: how to bridge the gap in fundraising

  • Donor Retention (at The Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Rapids)

  • Annual Appeals

  • Tax law changes and the implications for fundraising

  • Technology challenges and opportunities

  • 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

  • 10% membership discount with the National School Foundation Association (NSFA)   To access the NSFA discount, use this link. 

Annual Membership Dues: $125 

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.



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:

Amy Stuursma


East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation

2915 Hall St. Se

Grand Rapids, MI 49056

Sue Riemland

Vice President

St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation

3275 Lincoln Ave.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

Michelle Bianco


Walled Lake Public Schools

Foundation for Excellence

850 Ladd Rd. Bldg. D

Walled Lake, MI 48930

Denise Blunk


Caledonia Education Foundation

9753 Duncan Lake Ave. SE

Caledonia, MI 49316

Ken Jones


Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation

2901 Wabash Rd.

Lansing, MI 48910

Annherst Kreitz


Foundation for Saline Area Schools

P.O. Box 5

Saline, MI 48176

Gretchen Ward


Plymouth-Canton Educ. Excellence Fnd

454 South Harvey Street
Plymouth MI 48170

Martha Hentz

MEF Coordinator


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