About Us

The Michigan League for Public Policy is a nonpartisan policy institute dedicated to economic opportunity for all. It is the only state-level organization that addresses poverty in a comprehensive way. No other organization examines state revenues and expenditures and their impact on low-income people. All of the League’s work is done through a race equity lens.

Our Mission

To ensure economic security and well-being for all people in Michigan through policy change. See video about the League’s influence and an interactive presentation on the League.


Michigan residents, families and children from all races, places and income levels will have equal access to economic, health and educational opportunities.


  • Honesty, integrity and nonpartisanship
  • Social and economic justice, fairness and opportunity
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion
  • Democratic process and the dignity of all

Our Support

Financial support comes from foundation grants and contracts, membership dues, fees and contributions. Individual donations are listed in the League’s annual report. See Annual Report 2015. The League is proud to be recognized again as a four-star charity, the highest rating given by Charity Navigator.

We are grateful for the support of:

Battle Creek Community Foundation
Guido and Elizabeth Binda Foundation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Early Childhood Investment Corp.
Economic Policy Institute
Ford Foundation
Frey Foundation
Marjorie and Maxwell Jospey Foundation
The Joyce Foundation
Keller Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The Kresge Foundation
McGregor Fund
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Michigan AFSME Council-25
Michigan Consumers for Healthcare
Michigan Poverty Law Program
Nokomis Foundation
The Rhodes Foundation
The Skillman Foundation
Steelcase Foundation
United Way for Southeastern Michigan
United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
The Doug and Margo Yellin Woll Family Foundation

In addition, the League has ongoing support from the Nokomis Legacy Fund.


The League is proud to be partners in the following national projects:

The State Fiscal Analysis Initiative
Economic Analysis and Research Network

The Working Poor Families Project

Join the League

With a network of  2,500 individuals and organizations from business, labor, faith-based groups, human service professions and concerned citizens, the League’s membership base is an important asset. Become a member today.

MLPP History

The roots of the Michigan League for Public Policy date back to 1912, when it was the Conference of Charities and Corrections.

In 1938, it incorporated with the stated purpose:

“To promote social well-being by facilitating the discussion of methods which will make for social progress; by assisting charitable organizations and institutions enlisted in this cause to increase their efficiency on behalf of the public; by disseminating information concerning social conditions and social work; and by developing concerted action to produce practical results among individuals and charitable organizations engaged in public or private welfare work…”

Over time, the organization’s purpose has remained essentially unchanged: The League works to identify and help solve basic health and social welfare problems through research and analysis, information dissemination and advocacy.

Annual Report

Michigan League for Public Policy Annual Report 2015.

Michigan League for Public Policy – Audit and 990

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