Mariam Noland looks back on 36 years of leading Southeast Michigan community foundation
Earlier this year, the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced Founding President Mariam Noland’s plans to retire at the end of 2021.
“My job is to encourage those who have wealth to share it… even the growth of the community foundation is a testament to the fact that people care about their property. – Mariam Noland, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Noland reflects on her career in philanthropy and the differences it has helped make in Southeast Michigan.
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Mariam Noland is founding president of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, a non-profit, philanthropic organization. She says when she started out in her role, the foundation had a capital of $ 1 million, which has since grown into an endowment of $ 1 billion. “The following [president of CFSEM] will take it to the next level of service for the whole community. Noland said. MFCEA is building a permanent endowment for the Great Lakes Way, a trail with over 150 miles of interconnected blue and green lanes stretching from Port Huron to Toledo. “[CFSEM] really creates a permanent capital, a permanent endowment that benefits the seven counties region.
On the role of philanthropy in public works, Noland says private foundations cannot replace government, but can hold it accountable. “Don’t assume that we can… supplant what we need to get the public sector to do,” she said. “Philanthropy can play a role, but every individual in the city… can ensure that our public services meet the standards that we believe they should meet. “
She says the highlight of her time at MFCEA watched people achieve their philanthropic goals every day. “My job is to encourage those who have wealth to share it… even the growth of the community foundation shows that people care.