Michigan Humanities Council

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Okemos, MI   |
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Michigan Humanities Council

EIN: 51-0164775


Bringing people together through stories, histories, cultures, and conversations.

Ruling year info


President and CEO

Jennifer Rupp

Main address

2364 Woodlake Drive, Suite 100

Okemos, MI 48864 USA

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Subject area info


Population served info

Children and youth


LGBTQ people

Ethnic and racial groups

Incarcerated people

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NTEE code info

Humanities Organizations (A70)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms



Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Michigan Humanities is committed to promoting and supporting humanities programming throughout our state that explore, strengthen, and celebrate expansively and inclusively the stories, histories, and cultures of the people in our state. Through our own programming and grant-making we seek to partner with diverse organizations from all sectors in our state: urban and rural, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnic, gender, and racial identities, and targeting different ages. Michigan is a state rich in peoples and place histories, languages, and stories. Such histories, languages, and stories have been partially captured by literary works, film, and artistic expressions, but this work remains non-exhaustive.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Great Michigan Read

One title, one state, and thousands engaged in literary discussion.
Michigan Humanities’ Great Michigan Read creates a statewide discussion around the humanities themes of a selected book. Through partnerships with libraries, schools, book clubs, and a wide range of other non-profit organizations, the Great Michigan Read facilitates statewide reading and programs to bridge communities around a common conversation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of audience members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Number of books distributed

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Great Michigan Read

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Includes hard back, large print, audio, and e-books. All distributed free of charge.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

A more thoughtful, connected, engaged, and informed Michigan.

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access
Discovery and Understanding
Authentic Conversation
Respectful Collaboration
Meaningful Experiences


Throughout its life, the Michigan Humanities Council has understood that the humanities teach us what it means to be human. They illuminate the lessons of the past, the ideas that motivate us, the principles that guide us, and the questions that perplex us. We live in a complicated and interconnected world. People who are equipped to bridge divides between people, cultures, and ideas are better positioned to build strong engaged communities. Humanities instills in all of us empathy and compassion, along with critical thinking and communication skills. Michigan Humanities looks forward to uplifting the work and voices of those bridging Michigan communities.

We celebrate and strengthen the humanities statewide, providing public programming and funding for organizations and projects from the shores of four Great Lakes, the expansive upper peninsula, Michigans rural landscapes, and urban centers. We support Michigans communities as they come together through stories, histories, cultures, and conversations. Your support ensures that we can continue this vital work.

Through statewide grant opportunities and programming, we strive to connect, share, and grow Michigan's cultural organizations through public humanities work.

In 2023 Michigan Humanities reached 525 partners, through 526 events, impacting over 300,000 participants. Michigan Humanities investment of over $850,000 resulted in community investments of over $1,800,000.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Michigan Humanities Council
Fiscal year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 4.12 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 26% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Michigan Humanities Council

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Nov 01 - Oct 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Michigan Humanities Council’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $9,654 -$4,297 -$305 -$3,063 -$7,495
As % of expenses 0.6% -0.3% 0.0% -0.1% -0.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,892 -$10,720 -$751 -$3,063 -$7,495
As % of expenses 0.1% -0.7% 0.0% -0.1% -0.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,445,795 $1,368,448 $2,474,215 $2,548,082 $1,471,188
Total revenue, % change over prior year -13.9% -5.3% 80.8% 3.0% -42.3%
Program services revenue 0.3% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 86.6% 94.2% 90.3% 98.3% 99.2%
All other grants and contributions 13.0% 5.7% 10.2% 1.7% 0.8%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% -0.5% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,573,830 $1,637,889 $2,133,477 $2,489,781 $1,680,496
Total expenses, % change over prior year 17.1% 4.1% 30.3% 16.7% -32.5%
Personnel 34.0% 33.1% 27.4% 22.4% 32.6%
Professional fees 12.3% 12.6% 3.8% 3.3% 6.6%
Occupancy 3.9% 4.3% 5.7% 3.0% 4.9%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 37.3% 32.3% 53.1% 60.1% 43.0%
All other expenses 12.5% 17.7% 10.0% 11.2% 12.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,581,592 $1,644,312 $2,133,923 $2,489,781 $1,680,496
One month of savings $131,153 $136,491 $177,790 $207,482 $140,041
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,712,745 $1,780,803 $2,311,713 $2,697,263 $1,820,537

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.3 5.0 4.3 3.9 3.7
Months of cash and investments 5.3 5.0 4.3 3.9 3.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 3.2 3.0 2.4 2.0 2.9
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $699,388 $686,940 $761,261 $816,507 $518,303
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $816,660 $447,468 $714,193 $695,222 $809,553
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $85,110 $85,110 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 77.3% 84.8% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 14.6% 10.8% 7.5% 5.5% 8.6%
Unrestricted net assets $432,665 $421,945 $421,194 $418,131 $410,636
Temporarily restricted net assets $868,966 $603,822 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $36,215 $36,215 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $905,181 $640,037 $981,080 $1,042,444 $840,631
Total net assets $1,337,846 $1,061,982 $1,402,274 $1,460,575 $1,251,267

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President and CEO

Jennifer Rupp

Ms. Rupp is a long-time non-profit leader with over years of experience; her career spans serving humanities and performing arts organizations. She began her career as the Executive Director of the Marshall Historical Society in 2007, managing three historic museums, leading the historic home tour to record attendance, and co-chairing the fundraising committee that restored the Brooks Memorial Fountain. After her tenure with the Historical Society, she went on to become the Executive Director of the world-famous Brass Band of Battle Creek. She served the BBBC for seven years and created the Youth Brass Band program that is still in place today. She has served as a nonprofit consultant in board development, fund development, and strategic planning. Ms. Rupp is a graduate of Western Michigan University.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Michigan Humanities Council

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Compensation data
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Michigan Humanities Council

Board of directors
as of 03/20/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Ethriam Brammer

University of Michigan

Term: 2020 - 2025

William Beekman

Michigan State University

Deanne Hartman

PNC Bank

Jennifer Drake

Grand Valley State University

Angela Graham

Fetzer Institute

Jenee Velasquez

Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation

Paul Chaffee

Antonio David Garcia


Julie Dorcey

Delta College

Jenell Leonard

Colleen Graber

Public Policy Associates

Glenn Stevens


Matt Stiffler

University of Michigan

Peg Asmus

Rachel Kuntzsch

Public Sector Consultants

Maureen Martin

Monique Marks

Franklin Wright Settlements

Joseph Cialdella

University of Michigan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/20/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/20/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.