In 2021, AIM welcomes a new Board President, Michael Pratt. Michael has spent his career working in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector, first at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and, now, working as a Senior Associate at Ktisis Capital. He also serves as a co-chair of the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Antiracism committee of YNPN.GR. Through both his full-time role and volunteering, Michael considers himself fortunate to work for and with organizations that advance justice and equity.
Michael has served on the AIM Board of Directors for three years. In the fall of 2018, he was looking for more ways to give back to the community and became aware of AIM mostly due to serendipity, having met Coleen Davis, Executive Director of AIM, at an Association of Fundraising Professionals of West Michigan’s annual National Philanthropy Day event. After talking with Coleen about the organization, Michael was attracted to AIM’s mission and innovative model, “which converted a sustainability problem into health and independence solution for persons with disabilities, especially those facing inequities stemming from systemic issues and biases in our healthcare system.”
Michael’s prior experience with AIM includes grant writing, serving as Vice President of the Board, co-chairing the Demonstrating Impact Committee, and co-chairing the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Throughout his time with the organization, he has observed AIM grow as an organization, advance its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and adapt and overcome numerous challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As Board President, Michael is dedicated to advancing AIM’s mission by pursuing new avenues for diversifying funding, deepening its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to helping adapt and expand its commitment to best and effective practices for nonprofits. In pursuing these goals, Michael is grateful to have a strong and supportive team backing him up:
“AIM has an amazing leader in Coleen and a wonderful team of staff, board members, and committee members. My plan is to show up, listen deeply to their perspectives, ask good/driving questions, and support them in the amazing work they are already doing!”