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Final Community Impact Series Descriptio

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Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide

Final Community Impact Series Descriptio

Final Community Impact Series Descriptio

Final Unlocking Potential (UP) Descripti

Final Unlocking Potential (UP) Descripti

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Community Resource Guide

Community Resource Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

What does MFCF do?


Our delivery method primarily entails serving as a fiduciary for programs and providing grants, interest-free loans, and technical assistance to individuals and businesses that align with our mission. MFCF aims to support existing social service infrastructure and elevate participatory grantmaking among those who are most often the targets but rarely the voices of traditional philanthropy.




How can I get a grant for my organization?


MFCF is a public foundation in its startup phase. This means that we must first fundraise in order to provide grants to organizations like yours. The best way to stay informed about when funds become available for your area would be to subsribe to our emails & texts by visiting https://www.mifreedomcf.org/connect.




My organization is not in Michigan. Can I still receive support?


The principal area of interest of MFCF is the United States of America, although assistance may be provided to organizations located elsewhere for programs or projects which significantly benefit minorities in the USA.




What type of grant support will you provide?


Time-limited support for programs or projects in order to scale, establish proof of concept, bring innovative ideas to the minority community, provide direct emergency or educational assistance. This includes all scholarships and entrepreneurship grantmaking. General operating support is available for organizations & businesses that are working to alleviate the economic, social and spiritual concerns of minorities. Support will also be available for the acquisition, construction and/or renovation of facilities of organizations that, are working to alleviate the economic, social and spiritual concerns of minorities. Grants may also be provided for other forms of capital in accordance with a formal capitalization plan. Note: this is not an all-inclusive list and this list is subject to change at any time with, or without notice.




I don't have my 501(c)3. How can you help me get donations?


A fiduciary is an administrative and fiscal agent. We are not service providers. Under this type of support, we are not able to make decisions about the amount or type of services individuals receive or how organizations implement their programs. Instead, we assist organizations or individuals in implementing and administering the funds from their funding source and manage financial accountability and employer responsibilities. For organizations, this means that we handle the financial operations necessary to fulfill the standards and guidelines of a grant or other funding program. For individuals, this means that we are responsible for the financial and employer responsibilities of paying employees and vendors and handling necessary legal filings. We help to manage the supports that have already been identified in the organization’s plans and budget. We help ensure that funds are well spent and effectively managed. Note: We are currently developing our fiduciary/fiscal sponsor procedures and are unable to provide this support. To be notified when this support will be available please visit mifreedomcf.org/connect to subscribe for alerts. To volunteer in assisting us in developing our procedures email volunteer@mifreedomcf.org.




How can MFCF help my organization today?


Technical Assistance – Coaching, training, and various literature provided by MFCF staff and partners. We employ a variety of means to deliver this support both by request and as part of internal initiatives. Our website, blogs, social media campaigns, webinars, and online courses are examples of the various avenues used to provide TA to our community. Upon request and subject to availability of staff, we will also provide in-person or phone-based support in any of the aforementioned program areas (i.e. economic, social support or spiritual guidance. This support is provided by MFCF volunteer team members as well as our partners. To become a partner, contact us at info@mifreedomcf.org.




How do I know if I am eligible to receive support from MFCF?


Eligibility Requirements To be eligible for consideration, applicant individuals & organizations and/or their programs must: • Identify as a minority or • Provide services primarily to minorities The term “minority” refers to individuals identifying as African-American, Hispanic, American Indian and Alaskan Native, or Asian/Pacific Islander. Programs for which funding is being sought must align with MFCF’s Grantmaking Priorities. Preference is given to those who have been turned away are ineligible to apply for other forms of support due to financial, discriminatory, or other reasons. Questions about the grant process or guidelines can be directed to info@mifreedomcf.org.




I've called about my application or program & not received a call back


Because we are a volunteer-run organization, we have limited capacity to respond to calls in real time. Therefore, we strongly recommend emailing your inquiries to the appropriate staff member or info@mifreedomcf.org to ensure it is reviewed.