Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan receives $100,000 Arcus grant

By |2018-01-16T15:28:45-05:00October 1st, 2009|News|

DETROIT – The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan has received $100,000 from the Arcus Foundation to establish a permanent endowment to support projects and organizations that serve LGBT people of color in southeast Michigan. The new fund will complement the current work of The HOPE Fund, established in 1994 to serve the needs of southeast Michigan’s LGBT community.
The HOPE Fund exists to strengthen and empower organizations that serve the LGBT community by supporting important charitable activities in southeast Michigan and by encouraging individuals to consider what they can do with their personal philanthropy.
The fund works to increase the capacity and strength of non-profit organizations serving the lesbian and gay community, as well as to increase awareness of and positive responses to their needs, and help fund services provided by those organizations.
Since its inception in 1994, more than $1.2 million in grants have been made through the HOPE Fund. The HOPE Fund also helps people carry out their charitable wishes to benefit the LGBT community.
The Arcus grant will help the HOPE Fund to continue to provide those services, specifically with LGBT organizations of color.
“The HOPE Fund has had a longtime interest in building the capacity of LGBT organizations of color,” said Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation. “A permanent endowment fund will allow us to build on the success of our Racial Equity Initiative, launched by the Community Foundation’s HOPE Fund two years ago, and to continue these efforts in perpetuity.”
The aim of the Racial Equity Initiative has been to build the capacity and leadership of local nonprofit organizations that serve LGBT people of color.
Over the last two years, the Community Foundation has provided local LGBT leaders of color with training in board development, volunteer management and fundraising. Two recent grants from the Community Foundation support the work of KICK – The Agency for LGBT African Americans, and S.P.I.C.E – Sistahs Providing Intelligence Creativity and Empowerment.
For more information on CFSEM and the HOPE Fund, visit

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