Sector Leadership

The Washtenaw Coordinated Funding model consists of seven (7) partners meeting the needs of our community’s most vulnerable in four (4) priority areas through three (3) funding components intended to: support human services programming; build nonprofit capacity; foster community collaboration and systems-level change.


Sector Leadership grants, are directed investments to local lead organizations designed to resource community collaboration and systems-level change to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Increased peer learning
  • Increased knowledge of gaps and duplication of services among local nonprofits
  • Increased understanding among nonprofits of the role their organization/programs play within the sector
  • Increased collaboration & alignment of human service programs
  • Increased funder knowledge & awareness of community challenges, needs, and functioning
  • Informed and quality investments made in each priority area

Sector Leaders

Early Childhood & School-Aged Youth

Washtenaw County Cradle to Career: Washtenaw Intermediate School District
Washtenaw County Cradle to Career is comprised of three networks forming an interwoven system of community and school supports for children and their families, from prenatal through post-secondary education/training. The three county-wide networks target specific age groups and collectively provide support to children, youth, and their families: Success by 6 Great Start Collaborative, Washtenaw Alliance for Children and Youth (WACY) and Washtenaw Futures.
Contacts: Holly Heaviland, WISD,
Margy Long, Sb6GSC,
Ashley Kryscynski, WACY,

Safety Net Health & Nutrition

Washtenaw Health Plan
The mission of the Washtenaw Health Plan is to expand and assure access to health care and improve the health status of low-income, uninsured County residents. In partnership with local health care organizations, the WHP promotes, organizes, administers, and finances programs to increase access to health care for persons unable to pay for such care. The WHP is a public-private partnership with Washtenaw County government, UMHS, SJMHS, and other local health care providers.
The WHP uses its resources and role in the community to strengthen the local health care safety net by maximizing access to primary care for uninsured, underinsured, and other vulnerable Washtenaw County residents, offering essential coverage to uninsured and underinsured individuals, through WHP “Plan A” and “Plan B.” The WHP also reinforces, expands, and works to assure the viability of safety net health care organizations providing primary care for residents facing barriers to health care.
Contact: Ruth Kraut,

Housing & Homelessness

Washtenaw Housing Alliance
The mission of the Washtenaw Housing Alliance is to end homelessness in Washtenaw County. The root causes of homelessness include:

  • Poverty, including the loss of resources caused by substance abuse, physical illness and mental illness
  • Violence, including domestic and sexual violence usually directed against women and children
  • Racism and other institutionalized prejudices
  • Class privilege and discriminatory patterns of economic and social investment

Any strategies to end, or even to minimize homelessness, must be designed with these root causes in mind.

In order to end homelessness, it is imperative that all members of the community, individuals, institutions, and government participate in the effort.  The Washtenaw Housing Alliance models this community partnership by consisting of a wide range of organizations dedicated to helping people who are homeless and those who are in danger of losing their housing.  WHA works to fulfill its mission through collaboration and partnerships that address root causes of homelessness, and by making needed systemic changes that will sustain over time.
Contact: Amanda Carlisle,


Area Agency On Aging 1-B 
Established in 1974, the Area Agency on Aging 1-B (AAA 1-B) is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization with a 40+ year history of serving older adults and people with disabilities in southeast Michigan. We serve a six-county region that includes Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. We are part of a national network of Area Agencies on Aging and a leader in aging services in southeast Michigan—setting the course in providing the services, innovations and advocacy needed to make sure a growing senior population has the resources and supports it will need.
Contact: Jim McGuire,