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MPA Foundation Gala

Join us at the MPA Foundation Gala with dancing, dessert and an auction filled with great items that will generate money to further the Foundation’s mission to help further the interests of community journalism in Michigan. Bid on items such as a private Belle Isle Tour and Dinner on the Hill, Detroit Tigers tickets,  University of Michigan basketball tickets, Freep Film Festival tickets and more!

Hear from the 2014 MPA Foundation scholarship recipients on what journalism means to them and why they have chosen a career in the newspaper business.


The Michigan Press Association Foundation was created in 1980 to further the interests of community journalism in Michigan.

  • To serve the public interest by encouraging, fostering and aiding improvement in the quality, vigor and fairness of journalism and a free press in the state of Michigan.
  • To make scholarships, grants, stipends, gifts and to provide financial aid to worthy journalism students in Michigan who show outstanding promise and achievement.
  • To make awards, grants and gifts to members of the journalism profession and to Michigan newspapers in recognition of outstanding achievement in reporting, writing, editing, photojournalism and newspaper publishing.
  • To foster learning and sponsor research programs and projects.
  • To make financial donations and grants to Michigan colleges, universities and other learning institutions to support and improve the quality of the teaching of journalism.
  • To promote public awareness in Michigan of the role of a free press in our Republic and to encourage public involvement in the activities of Michigan newspapers.


The Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation. Being such, most revenue taken in originates from tax deductible contributions. But the Foundation also organizes and holds fun, entertaining fund-raising events each year to help with achieving those goals.


Match Interns
$2,000 per intern

A maximum of 10 graduating high school seniors and community college students work in paid summer internships at MPA member news organizations. THe news organization pays the inter a salary and makes a contribution to the Foundation, and the Foundation provides the inters a scholarship for the coming fall term.

Teacher Internships
$1,500-$2,000 per teacher intern

The Foundation sends journalism teachers or advisers to paid summer internships at MPA member news organizations in order to help them learn about the reality of working today's news environment. The teacher interns gain practical experience and a realistic view of the news business so they are better able to share those lessons with their students.

University Scholarships
$1,000 per student

Scholarships are awarded to 11 college and university students each year. To date, more than $256,000 has been awarded to students interested in pursuing careers in community journalism.

Dawn Hertz Freedom of Information Scholarship
$1,000 per student

The Dawn Hertz Freedom of Information Scholarship aims to enable journalists to attend a Freedom of Information of Open Meetings seminar or workshop, or to enroll in a FOIA class. The scholarship honors the MPA's retired legal counsel who established the Legal Hotline that offers journalists immediate assistance when they encounter difficulties in pursuing stories and seeking information.

Other Programs
$1,925 annually

The Foundation funds five tuition scholarships for middle and high school students who otherwise could not afford to attend Michigan Interscholastic Press Association's weeklong summer workshop.

The Foundation also financially supports workshops throughout the state for high school, community college and university student journalists and advisers, and works with the Michigan Collegiate Press Association and the Michigan Community College Press Association by helping to provide judges for their annual contests. Those organizations may apply to the Foundation for special-project funding.


The Foundation was established as a non-profit corporation; most of its revenue originates from tax-deductible contributions. The Foundation also organizes and holds entertaining fundraising events each year to help with achieving its goals, including our annual golf benefit and Ugly Tie Auction. We also encourage memorial contributions, honorariums and bequests. Naming opportunities are available for the university scholarships and other programs.

For More Information

Contact Janet Mendler at (517) 552-2811, or email

MPAF Legacy Society

MPA Foundation Legacy Society

Important information about how you can have a lasting impact upon Michigan journalism

Download the MPA Foundation
Legacy Society Packet

Packet includes entry form

Donations to the Foundation
Your contribution strengthens the future for a free press in Michigan

Your contribution will ensure that worthwhile projects become reality. Your contribution helps strengthen the foundation for newspapers of the future and readers of the future.

Per Internal Revenue Service regulations for a 501 (c)(3) foundation under IRS code, all contributions are tax-deductible.

Making a Donation Over the Phone:

Please contact Diana Davis, MPA Bookkeeper at 517.372.2424

Sending a Check?
Please write checks to the "MPA Foundation" and place who or what the donation is for in the Memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Michigan Press Association
827 N. Washington Ave.
Lansing, MI 48906
Thank you for your donation!

MPA Foundation Leadership

The Foundation is managed by a Board of Trustees consisting of five trustees, all of whom are past presidents of the Michigan Press Association. Trustees hold office for one year and election to the offices of president and secretary-treasurer are made yearly by the Board of Trustees at the annual meeting of the Michigan Press Association in January of each year.

Executive Officers:

Richard Perlberg, President
MPA President 2002

Ron Dzwonkowski, Vice President
MPA President 2010

Wesley Maurer, Secretary-Treasurer
MPA President 1988

Ken Winter, Immediate Past President
MPA President 2001

Dirk Milliman, Trustee at Large
MPA President 1996

Other Board Members:

Paul Bedient
MNI President 1998

Cheryl Kaechele
MPA President 2000

Marcia Loader
MPA President 2006

Lonnie Peppler-Moyer
MPA President 2008

Jenny Anderson
MPA President 2011

Chris Huckle
MPA President 2013

Joe Warner
MPA President-Elect 2016


Jim Sherman Sr., Trustee Emeritus
MPA President 1980

Richard Milliman, Trustee Emeritus
MPA President 1979


Janet Nellis Mendler
Foundation Representative

Mike MacLaren
MPA Executive Director