Advocacy Alert

The Michigan legislature returns to session on September 7th. Upon their return, the legislature will enter what is commonly known as the “lame duck” session. House Bill 5232 and Senate Bill 720, the legislation which amends the local historic district act, can be voted on until session has ended for the year. We must remain vigilant by contacting your legislators indicating your continued opposition for the legislation. Please contact your legislators both in the House and Senate via email, phone or written note. You can find your legislators contact information by visiting and .



To raise money for operations and programs, while constantly developing funder relationships and finding innovative and exciting ways to increase funding.

The Development Committee Shall: 

  • Assist the board in developing the yearly work plan.

In addition to the tasks unique to each year’s work plan, the committee shall:

  • Coordinate the annual preservation conference, including the silent auction and marketplace;
  • Coordinate the annual fall benefit, including the silent and live auction and marketplace;
  • Assist in the preparation of grant applications;
  • Coordinate annual house parties;
  • Work on replenishing and growing the endowment;
  • Keep records of donations and donors as well as prospective donors;
  • Thank sponsors and donors through various means ranging from recognition in conference brochures, to invitations, to the annual report;
  • Manage the Heritage Society program;
  • Offer a distinction between the dollars we solicit for operations – i.e. keeping the lights on, and for special activities – i.e. Partners in the Field;
  • Raise dollars in keeping with accepted industry standards as contained in our policy, “Ethical Principles and Standards for Gift Solicitation”;
  • Maintain lists of giving opportunities that allow prospective donors to directly assist with the work defined in our work plan – i.e. Sacred Places… Randolph School; and
  • Accept planned gifts that will be recognized now but realized in the future.

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