The Dow Gardens

Come discover 110 acres of identified trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and flowers growing in a beautiful and educational mid-Michigan horticultural garden. Dow Gardens was established in 1899 by Herbert H. Dow for the enjoyment of his family, friends, and associates. Since then, the gardens have delighted hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Dow Gardens is owned and operated by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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Whiting Forest of Dow Gardens

Major projects are currently underway at Whiting Forest, a 54-acre parcel of Dow Gardens. These include construction of a 1,400-foot canopy walk, visitor center, apple orchard, playground, café, and more. Visitors will enjoy new perspectives of nature as they rise 40 feet above the forest floor on the longest fully-accessible canopy walk in the nation.

Whiting Forest  is owned and operated by The Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation.

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Alden B. Dow Home and Studio

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland, Mich, invites you through the architectural studio and private residence of noted 20th century architect Alden B. Dow. This building's geometric planes and angles, complementing the lines in nature, are accented by Dow's creative use of rich color, glass, wood and his unique unit block system. By unifying the building with the natural elements that surround it, you become integrated and placed into these elements from within.

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Chippewa Nature Center

Chippewa Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose mission is to facilitate the enjoyment and understanding of our natural and cultural resources as relevant to the Saginaw Valley's ecosystems, to promote environmental awareness and to foster responsible stewardship.

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City of Midland

The Midland community provides the amenities of big city life with all the charm and security of a mid-sized community. Light traffic, a healthy economy, moderate cost of living, impressive housing stocks, strong educational systems and easy access to big-city attractions put Midland on Bizjournal's 2008 list of the top "dreamtowns" in America.

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The Council of Michigan Foundations:

The Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), incorporated in 1975, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association comprised of more than 350 foundations and corporations making grants for charitable purposes. Their mission to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan is accomplished through their primary focus of assisting Michigan grantmakers in their work.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership

With the support of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Johnson Center was established at Grand Valley State University in 1992 as an academic center on philanthropy and nonprofit leadership.  Through research, education and application of knowledge, The Johnson Center is focused on enhancing the impact of nonprofit organizations and foundations in order to improve communities and create social change at local, regional, national and international levels.

The Dow Chemical Company

Dow is a leader in science and technology, providing innovative chemical, plastic and agricultural products and services to many essential consumer markets. The Dow Chemical Company is headquartered in Midland, Mich.

Little Forks Conservancy

Since 1996, the Little Forks Conservancy has partnered with private landowners in or near the Tittabawassee River Watershed to protect and preserve the unique natural features of this region.

Michigan Nonprofit Association

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) was formed in 1990 with a mission to “increase the capacity of Michigan’s nonprofits to serve, strengthen and transform communities”.  With over 1,100 members and offices in Lansing and Detroit, MNA serves as the collective voice for nonprofits in Michigan.  MNA offers a wide array of products, services and networking opportunities intended to increase the effectiveness of the sector.  Many of MNA’s resources are free including Staying Legal, and Principles & Practices.

Staying Legal (MNA)

The Staying Legal website was developed by the Michigan Nonprofit Association with support of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation to help new and already-established charitable organizations comply with federal and state laws and regulations. The information provided enables non-profit organizations to locate and understand charity guidelines as well as take advantage of benefits provided by federal and state laws.

Principles and Practices (MNA)

Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence in Michigan serves as an educational resource to improve the efficiency, transparency and accountability of Michigan charitable organizations.

Midland Center for the Arts

The two "campuses" – Midland Center for the Arts and the Midland County Historical Society’s Heritage Park – are within easy access of US-10 and M-20. Performances, exhibits, films, lectures, a permanent hands-on science museum and a permanent collection of Midland artifacts are all included in the activities of MCFTA. Meanwhile, the main campus shares a parking lot with the Dow Gardens, another great regional experience.

MidMichigan Health

Serving Michigan with hospitals in Midland, Alma, Clare and Gladwin, plus urgent care centers, visiting nurses, nursing homes, physician practices and specialty health services.

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative:

The Saginaw Bay Watershed Initiative Network (WIN) was created to enhance the quality of life in the Saginaw Bay Watershed by creating regional networks of on-the-ground projects that demonstrate sustainability. These projects link economic, environmental and community goals.