Nicholson has an extensive history of service and leadership to the nonprofit sector. He is chair of the McGregor Fund and has served as chair of Business Leaders for Michigan and Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is a director of numerous civic organizations including the Detroit Economic Club, the Parade Company and Michigan Colleges Foundation. He also serves as a director of DTE Energy and Private Bancorp, Inc. and chairman of the board of Amerisure Companies.
Nicholson is just the fourth chair at the Community Foundation since its founding 30 years ago. Founding board chair Joseph B. Hudson served from 1984-2003. Eugene Miller served from 2003-2006 and was succeeded by Allan D. Gilmour, 2006-14. A video produced by the foundation pays tribute to board leadership over the years, including Gilmour’s contributions, and the organization’
Also at its annual meeting, the Community Foundation elected the following officers: Penny B. Blumenstein, W. Frank Fountain and David M. Hempstead, vice chairs; Mary H. Weiser, secretary; and Michael T. Monahan, treasurer.
The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan is a full-service philanthropic organization leading the way to positive change in our region. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations committed to the future of southeast Michigan, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development and civic affairs. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $600 million through more than 47,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Washtenaw, St. Clair and Livingston counties. For more information, please visit www.cfsem.org.