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First Federal/mBank Community Foundation

Our Purpose

The Foundation was initially established by First Federal of Northern Michigan (FFNM) (the "Bank") with a mission of strengthening the social and economic well-being of the communities in which FFNM operated. Although First Federal of Northern Michigan has since merged with mBank, the Foundation still exists as a legacy to serve the needs of the communities within FFNM’s original footprint.

The Foundation is dedicated to supporting community activities and nonprofit organizations in the greater Alanson, Cheboygan, Gaylord, Lewiston, Mio, and Alpena areas.

Our Goal

To strengthen community development and the economic well-being in the Northeastern Lower Michigan communities we serve and enhance our current activities under the Community Reinvestment Act.

How We Work

The Foundation Board of Directors is responsible for establishing its grant and donation policies, consistent with the purposes for which it was established. As directors of a nonprofit corporation, directors of the Foundation will at all times be bound by their fiduciary duty to advance the foundation's charitable goals, to protect its assets, and to act in a manner consistent with the charitable purposes for which the foundation was established. The directors will also be responsible for directing the activities of the foundation, including the management and voting of the shares of common stock it holds in Mackinac Financial Corporation.

Apply for a Grant

The First Federal/mBank Community Foundation welcomes your grant application for consideration at our quarterly meetings. Two levels of grants are available:

First Federal/mBank Community Foundation Board of Directors:

  • Michael W. Mahler - President
  • Christopher McCoy - Chairman
  • Dylan Wallace - Secretary
  • Eileen Budnick - Treasurer
  • Martin Thomson


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First Federal/mBank Community Foundation Helps Replace Community Boat Launch


ALPENA, Mich., July 18, 2018 – The First Federal/mBank Community Foundation donated $1,000 to the Brownlee Lake Association last week to assist the Village of Lincoln in replacing their community boat launch.


First Federal/mBank Community Foundation Supports Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area XTERRA Triathlon


ALPENA, Mich., July 18, 2018 – The First Federal/mBank Community Foundation is pleased to announce its recent donation of $1,000 to the Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area in support of its XTERRA Rockport Rugged Triathlon.