Community Foundation

Reinvesting in Our Communities

The Foundation was initially established by First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) (the “Bank”) with a mission of strengthening the social and economic well-being of the communities in which FFNM operated. Although First Federal of Northern Michigan has since merged into mBank, the Foundation still exists as a legacy to serve the needs of the communities within FFNM’s original footprint.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting community activities and nonprofit organizations in the greater Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Mio and Alpena areas.

How to Apply

Our Community Foundation welcomes your grant application for consideration at our quarterly meetings. Two levels of grants are available:

"Mini" grant for requests up to $250

Common grant for requests of $250 to $1,500

Our Goal

To strengthen community development and economic well-being of the Northeastern Lower Michigan communities we serve and enhance our current activities under the Community Reinvestment Act.

How We Work

The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for establishing its grant and donation policies, consistent with the purposes for which it was established. As directors of a nonprofit corporation, directors of the Foundation will at all times be bound by their fiduciary duty to advance the foundation’s charitable goals, to protect its assets and to act in a manner consistent with the charitable purposes for which the foundation was established. The directors will also be responsible for directing the activities of the foundation, including the management and voting of the shares of common stock it holds in Mackinac Financial Corporation.

Community Foundation Board of Directors

Michael W. Mahler


Christopher McCoy


Dylan Wallace


Eileen Budnick


Martin Thomson

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