Robert S. Collier
President and CEO, Council of Michigan Foundations
Robert S. Collier is President & CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), a nonprofit association with more than 350 grantmakers working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan.
CMF also has supporting organizations including: Midwest Community Foundations’ Ventures (MCFV) to support collaborative projects of community foundations statewide and regionally; and Learning to Give -– an initiative to help youth in grades K-12 learn about philanthropy and the nonprofit sector..
On behalf of its members, CMF has a history of partnering with the State of Michigan – most recently through the Office of the Foundation Liaison and the Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives. Because of its extensive work in developing philanthropy, especially with community foundations and youth philanthropy, CMF serves as a national and international resource to emerging support organizations for philanthropy.
Collier serves on numerous boards, commissions, and taskforces including the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, Michigan Association of United Ways, Michigan Municipal League Foundation, the Public Policy Committees of the Council on Foundations and the Forum of Regional Associations.
Collier’s career in philanthropy includes service as a Program Officer with the C.S. Mott Foundation, Grants Director for the Gannett Foundation, Executive Director of Rotary Charities of Traverse City, and founding Director of the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation. Collier holds a Masters of Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hobart College.