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

Meeting Dates and Topics 2019-20

    Meetings are located (unless otherwise noted) in the Okemos Public Schools Administration Building / 4406 Okemos Rd., Okemos, MI  49964

  • All persons associated with an education foundation are welcome. 

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

2019-20 MEF Meetings

Aug 5:  Marketing:  Invest in your brand with Jeff Terpstra, Scott Allen Creative

Oct 7:  Tax issues facing education foundations

Jan 13:  Board development

Mar 9:  Alumni relations

May 4:  Classroom grants

Download this year's meeting schedule

Can you join us for a meeting? Send us a message and we'll send you more info. 

 

Previous Meeting Topics

  • 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 

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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:
 

Amy Stuursma

President

East Grand Rapids Schools Foundation

2915 Hall St. Se

Grand Rapids, MI 49056

astuursm@egrps.org

Sue Riemland

Vice President

St. Joseph Public Schools Foundation

3275 Lincoln Ave.

St. Joseph, MI 49085

sjpsfoundation@sjschools.org

Michelle Bianco

Treasurer

Walled Lake Public Schools

Foundation for Excellence

850 Ladd Rd. Bldg. D

Walled Lake, MI 48930

Michellebianco@wlcsd.org

Denise Blunk

Secretary

Caledonia Education Foundation

9753 Duncan Lake Ave. SE

Caledonia, MI 49316

info@caledoniacef.org

Ken Jones

Director

Lansing Educational Advancement Foundation

2901 Wabash Rd.

Lansing, MI 48910

kej48911@gmail.com

Annherst Kreitz

Director

Foundation for Saline Area Schools

P.O. Box 5

Saline, MI 48176 

annherst@supportfsas.org

Gretchen Ward

Director

Plymouth-Canton Educ. Excellence Fnd

454 South Harvey Street
Plymouth MI 48170

Gretchen.Ward@pccsk12.com

Martha Hentz

MEF Coordinator

MichiganEducationFoundation@gmail.com

517.512.5821

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