Nokomis Legacy goal exceeded

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League exceeds fundraising goal to grow Nokomis gift

LANSING, Mich. — A challenge to raise $250,000 for the Nokomis Foundation Legacy Endowment has been met and exceeded, Robert Swanson, the chair of the board of the Michigan League for Public Policy, announced today.

In all, a $2.4 million endowment has been created, as the result of a gift from the Grand Rapids-based Nokomis Foundation. Nokomis donated $1 million in 2012 to the League with a pledge of another $1 million if the League raised $250,000 in donations and pledges from supporters and new donors.

“I’m thrilled to report that longtime supporters as well as new donors stepped up to help us meet that challenge, and even go beyond,” Swanson said. “It’s great to know that so many care about sustaining the work of the League to improve the lives of Michigan’s economically vulnerable citizens.”

The Nokomis Foundation was founded by Twink Frey in 1989 to promote economic self-sufficiency of women and their families and to promote civic and political participation.

“This is indeed a gift that will keep on giving,’’ said the League’s President & CEO Gilda Z. Jacobs. “The interest from the endowment will be used for many years into the future to fund research and advocacy on issues that Twink Frey cares about so deeply.’’

Foundations supporting the challenge included The Ford Foundation; Frankel Health & Research Foundation; Clarence & Jack Himmel Foundation; the McGregor Fund; the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation; Zlotoff Generations Fund and the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Corporation support came from Consumers Energy Foundation, Consumers Mutual Insurance of Michigan and Meijer while unions joining the challenge included UAW-International Union and the Michigan AFSCME Council 25. More than 180 individuals also participated in the challenge.

A full list of supporters is available here.

The League is a state-level policy institute that works on issues such as fighting poverty, health care, budget and tax policy, and workforce development. It is also home to the Kids Count in Michigan project.

“The League’s ability to combine solid research with respected advocacy is what makes it so effective. It was a perfect fit for Nokomis’ legacy, and we are pleased that the League was able to meet the challenge,’’ said Nokomis President & CEO Mary Alice Williams.


The Michigan League for Public Policy,, is a nonpartisan state-level policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. It convenes the Prosperity Coalition,