Great Lakes Community Foundations Water System Collaborative
Council of Michigan Foundations
This project design support will result in an implementation proposal for a network of new water initiatives led by community foundations on the coasts of the Great Lakes. The team expects to launch initiatives in 12-18 coastal cities and will emphasize “water literacy” as a means to increase the appetite for new water investments. The team plans to create new volunteer programs to assist local water authorities and/or watershed organizations and create a series of new funds to expand investment in local enterprises servicing green and distributed infrastructure.
This work builds on past Fund-supported Community Foundation Network which created environmental endowments in 26 communities, made successful by this team’s leadership.