Friends Focus highlights updates from members of our Friends of the Family network and their cutting edge work. This month features updates from Glenn Family FoundationBainum Family Foundation, The Leighty FoundationRobins Foundation, Charles Stewart Mott FoundationFrey Foundation.

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Torres to hold Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research at Winship

Mylin A. Torres, MD, director of the Glenn Family Breast Center at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University (Winship), was selected to hold the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research. The endowed position was created by the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation to support the leader of the center and to assist with the further development of Winship’s research and clinical efforts in breast cancer. Winship’s Glenn Family Breast Center is dedicated to improving breast cancer care through the careful alignment of research with patient-centered care. The center offers patients the opportunity to participate in Winship's clinical trials and tissue banking and also facilitates basic and translational research relevant to breast cancer. 

Bainum Family Foundation Blog Update

Last month the Bainum Family Foundation launched its blog, a platform designed to connect and inform those involved in the foundation’s work and invested in its mission. And so far, the foundation has had an exciting fall. Catch up with some the most popular posts and initiatives, and be sure to visit often to receive the latest updates!

Frey Foundation Board Elects Third Generation Trustees to Leadership Positions

The Frey Foundation chairman’s baton will be passed on January 1, 2017 from David G. Frey, who has chaired the organization since 2002, to his niece, Mary Frey Bennett, who has served as vice-chair of the foundation since 2014. This marks the first time a member of the Frey’s third generation has held the position of board chair. Election of officers took place at the foundation’s annual meeting on November 11. In addition to the election of Bennett as chair, third generation trustee Eleonora Frey Zagel, who serves as director of the Family Business Alliance and resides in East Grand Rapids, was elected vice-chair. Trustee Edward J. Frey, Jr. was re-elected treasurer of the board, and third generation trustee Sarah Frey Rose, of Harbor Springs, was elected secretary. Their terms are for one year.  The foundation’s new officers were nominated by a committee made up of members of the Edward and Frances Frey family.

Mott Foundation President, and NCFP Board Chair, Ridgway White Works to Help Flint

Within a year of his new tenure, Ridgway White President of the Mott Foundation, faced a water crisis in the local area. This presented a serious challenge and opportunity for the Mott foundation to employ its strength working on the now infamous Flint water crisis. President White’s work in Flint, Michigan has brought him recognition and applause. The foundation and its president are committed to the long term success and health of the community and have already committed more than $100 million over the next few years for local development. 

Robins Foundation releases Top Five Spotlight

The Robins Foundation announced its Community Innovation Grant top five finalists for 2016. These grantees will use the funding to help with education, professional, and youth programs. To learn more about the finalists and to read more the specifics of this award please read Robins Foundation’s announcement, linked above.

2017 National Summit on Volunteer Engagement Leadership

The Minnesota Association for Volunteer Administration is excited to host a national summit of leaders at its 2017 conference to learn, connect, and create the future of volunteer engagement. Representatives from NCFP Friend The Leighty Foundation, which has been a leading voice for the power of volunteer engagement, plan to attend this year’s summit and present on their work in this area.