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Become a Member. Get involved.

Groundwork members are passionate about building resilient communities. Members support our mission and strengthen the impact of our work. No matter the size of your gift, know that you're making a difference and that we're profoundly grateful for your support! Groundwork members stay connected to their community and the impact of the donation, through benefits like: 

  • Seasonal newsletters that keep you up to date on the latest news and trends in resilience
  • First access to tickets to Groundwork events like conferences and community gatherings
  • Special opportunities to take action, volunteer, work, or get involved

MEMBER Benefits INCLUDE:

  • First-rate communications 
  • Opportunities to take action, get involved, and volunteer
  • A free subscription to Taste the Local Difference® Guide to Local Food
  • First access to tickets to Groundwork events
  • Discounts at featured local businesses

Look for your Groundwork member card to arrive in the mail when you sign up or renew. When your membership is up for renewal, we'll send you a friendly reminder to stay with us.  

 

MORE BENEFITS: Upgrade YOUR MEMBERSHIP

Upgrade your membership level to the Sustainer Circle or Milliken Circle and enjoy the added benefits of being honored at the annual Milliken Reception when we present an outstanding leader with the Milliken Distinguished Leadership Award. Groundwork has three separate and complementary giving circles that provide the financial support necessary to pursue its mission.

Join the Milliken Leadership Circle ($5,000+ annually)

The Milliken Leadership circle, established in 2003, honors Governor William and Helen Milliken's outstanding tradition of stewardship, and ensures that Groundwork programs have the staffing and resources necessary for long-term viability. At this level, members are encouraged to invest in specific initiatives and will receive updates about their progress throughout the year. Memers are honored at the annual Milliken Reception, enjoy complimentary tickets to select Groundwork events, and receive several emailed updates per year from the executive director, in addition to two mailed packages of informatio in the spring and fall.
 
Join the Milliken Circle ($1,000+ annually)

The Milliken Circle, also established in 2003, honors Governor William and Helen Milliken's outstanding tradition of stewardship, and ensures that Groundwork programs have the staffing and resources necessary for long-term viability. Members are honored at the annual Milliken Reception, enjoy complimentary tickets to select Groundwork events, and receive at least two updates per year from the executive director.

 
Join the Sustainer Circle ($500+ annually)

The Sustainer Circle, established in 2012, ensures the consistent support for Groundwork operations on a year-to-year basis. Sustainer Circle members guarantee that Groundwork’s innovative programs flourish, receive an invitation to the annual Milliken Reception, and obtain advance invitations to other Groundwork events throughout the year.  

 

Ways to Give

MAKE A MONTHLY COMMITMENT

One of the easiest and best ways to support Groundwork is with an ongoing monthly donation. You can set up a sustaining donation of $10 or more per month through our online donation form. It's fast and convenient, and you can change the amount or cancel your gift at any time.  

 

JOIN A GIVING CIRCLE

Groundwork has three separate and complementary giving circles with special benefits that provide the financial support necessary to pursue our mission. Learn more about Groundwork's Giving Circles

 

MAKE A MEMORIAL or honorary DONATION

Please consider making a donation in memory or honor of someone who has valued Groundwork's efforts to protect the environment and economy by advocating for resilient communities.

 

MAKE A BEQUEST FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS

Each of us wants to leave a legacy for future generations. Your bequest to the Groundwork Center accomplishes a greater good — the assurance that Michigan's economy, environment and communities will be protected for years to come. Learn how to make a bequest

 

MAKE A STOCK GIFT

Some members choose to support the Groundwork Center by donating gifts of appreciated securities. In addition to providing crucial financial support for communication and advocacy, you can save capital gains tax. Learn how to make a stock gift

 

ASK YOUR EMPLOYER ABOUT A MATCHING GIFT

This is a perfect way to leverage your gift with a matching donation from your employer. Many workplaces encourage this type of giving and have programs that make this a very easy option. To get started, just contact your human resources department.

 

GIVE THE GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP

Do you know somebody who is passionate about making a difference and wants to see more positive change?  Send them the gift of membership to let them know you appreciate their passion for good. We'll drop a greeting card with your personal note in the mail and package it with their Groundwork member card. Your gift will arrive in their mailbox. Send a gift now.

 

Make a Bequest

Each of us wants to leave a legacy for future generations. Your bequest to the Groundwork Center accomplishes a greater good — the assurance that Michigan's economy, environment and communities will be protected for years to come.

It's easy to do 

There are several ways you can make provisions for the future of this important work:

  • Include a gift to the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities in your will.
  • Name the Groundwork Center as the beneficiary of a trust or other vehicle such as your retirement plan, insurance policy or bank account.

All it takes is a call to your attorney or an addition to your will. And of course you may change or enhance your choices at any time.

Options for your bequest to Groundwork

  • A specific dollar amount
  • A percentage of your estate's value
  • Designation of all or part of your life insurance or retirement plan proceeds.

Sample language for your will 

We urge you to consult your attorney in preparing your will. The following language may be helpful in providing a bequest to the Groundwork Center:

"I give, devise, bequeath to the Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities, Inc., a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Michigan, and with current business address of, 148 E. Front St., Suite 301, Traverse City MI, 49684-5725_______ (specific dollar amount, property, or percentage) to be used for its general purposes fof protecting environment, economy and community."

Click here to join any of these member levels or renew your membership now.

 

Learn More ...

Download a copy of Groundwork's program overview brochure.