About Us

The Michigan League for Public Policy is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way. No other organization examines state revenues and expenditures and their impact on low-income people. All of the League’s work is done through a race equity lens.

Our Mission

To advance economic security, racial equity, health and well-being for all people in every part of Michigan through policy change.


Michigan residents, families and children from all races, places and income levels will have equal access to economic, health and educational opportunities.


  • Honesty, integrity and nonpartisanship
  • Social and economic justice, fairness and opportunity
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Democratic process and the dignity of all

Our Support

Financial support comes from foundation grants and contracts, membership dues, fees and contributions. Individual donations are listed in the League’s annual report. See Annual Report 2016. The League is proud to be recognized again as a four-star charity, the highest rating given by Charity Navigator.


The League is proud to be partners in the following national projects:

State Priorities Partnership
Economic Analysis and Research Network

The Working Poor Families Project

Join the League

With a network of  2,500 individuals and organizations from business, labor, faith-based groups, human service professions and concerned citizens, the League’s membership base is an important asset. Become a member today.

MLPP History

The roots of the Michigan League for Public Policy date back to 1912, when it was the Conference of Charities and Corrections.

In 1938, it incorporated with the stated purpose:

“To promote social well-being by facilitating the discussion of methods which will make for social progress; by assisting charitable organizations and institutions enlisted in this cause to increase their efficiency on behalf of the public; by disseminating information concerning social conditions and social work; and by developing concerted action to produce practical results among individuals and charitable organizations engaged in public or private welfare work…”

Over time, the organization’s purpose has remained essentially unchanged: The League works to identify and help solve basic health and social welfare problems through research and analysis, information dissemination and advocacy.

Annual Report

Michigan League for Public Policy Annual Report 2017.

Michigan League for Public Policy – Audit and 990

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