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 -- via Zoom

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

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

  • 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

  • Mondays in May (2020) Virtual Discussion Series: How can education foundations stay relevant today?  Spring fundraising events: what's next?  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.

 

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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DENISE

BLUNK

Secretary

Caledonia Education Foundation

9753 Duncan Lake Ave. SE

Caledonia, MI 49316

info@caledoniacef.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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ANNHERST KREITZ

Director

Foundation for Saline Area Schools

P.O. Box 5

Saline, MI 48176 

annherst@supportfsas.org

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BETH MEYER-KRAFF

Director

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MARTHA

HENTZ

MEF Coordinator

MichiganEducationFoundation@

gmail.com

517.512.5821

Michigan, USA

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