Type: Public event

Philanthropic Foundations and the Grand Bargain in Detroit

A conversation with Mariam Noland, President, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan

Date & time

Mar 17, 2016, 10:00-11:30 am EDT


Weill Hall, Betty Ford Classroom (1110)
735 S. State Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Free and open to the public.

About the lecture:
Mariam Noland, the president of the Southeast Michigan Community Foundation for more than 30 years. Under Ms. Noland, the foundation has distributed over $700 million in 53,000 grants to benefit residents of the seven counties of Southeast Michigan. Ms. Noland has been widely recognized as the "hero of the Grand Bargain," the landmark effort to save Detroit from bankruptcy. Ms. Noland was a central figure in organizing a collaborative of foundations to donate $816 million to bail out Detroit's pension system and protect the Detroit Art Institute's art from being sold, and will help oversee the Foundation for Detroit's Future, which was established to oversee Grand Bargain funds, for the next 20 years. 

Ms. Noland will engage in conversation with Megan Tompkins-Stange, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, about her experience as a foundation professional, her views about the role of philanthropy in providing for public needs, and how community foundations act as agents of social change. 

From the speaker's bio:
Mariam C. Noland became the first president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, in 1985.  The Community Foundation has distributed more than $800 million through more than 55,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. 

Noland has many years of experience leading community foundations.  She joined the staff of the Cleveland Foundation in 1975 where she served as program officer and secretary/treasurer.  In 1981, she became vice president of the Saint Paul Foundation, Saint Paul, Minnesota.  Prior to her work in the foundation field, Noland was on staff at Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina, and Baldwin-Wallace College, Berea, Ohio.

Noland is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Downtown Detroit Partnership Inc., Bipartisan Policy Center and CultureSource. She has served as a vice chair of the board of the Henry Ford Health System.  She has also served on the board of trustees of Independent Sector, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, chair, board of trustees, Council of Michigan Foundations and a vice chair, board of trustees of the Council on Foundations.  Noland was named a 2015 Michiganian of the Year by The Detroit News, has received the Eleanor Josaitis Unsung Hero Award, the 2010 Women and Leadership in the Workplace Award and the “Others” Award of the Salvation Army.

Noland obtained her Ed.M. from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science from Case Western Reserve University.  She and her husband, James A. Kelly, live in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.


Sponsored by: The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP) and the Nonprofit and Public Management Center


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