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Michael Marcus

Michael has over 30 years of experience as a grant maker, manager, organizer, trainer and facilitator working with organizations, government agencies, universities and foundations in the fields of aging, disability, homelessness, food security, housing, child welfare and poverty. His work is guided by the principles of Asset-Based Community Development. His goal is to enhance the efforts of communities to ensure that all residents live lives of meaning, safety and comfort. His mission is to help people recognize that all individuals are assets to their communities.

Since 2007 Michael has lead the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation’s groundbreaking work serving older adults and caregivers. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is the largest funder in the field of aging in the United States.

Michael also leads Consultants for Community Resources, which provides ABCD consultation to the non-profit sector, principally those working with older adults and in intergenerational settings. In the past he has worked with a wide array of clients including : Alzheimer’s Disease International, American Institutes for Research, El Valor of Chicago, Episcopal Charities, Episcopal Peace Fellowship, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Good News Community Kitchen, the International Psychogeriatric Association, Jewish Family Service of the North Shore, Jubilee Ministries, Mercy Hospital Miami, Montgomery County, PA Community Foundation, North Penn Community Health Foundation, Rockford College, Steele County Minnesota, Strategic Philanthropy, and the University of Kentucky Center on Aging.

Between 1983 and 1990, Michael was Associate Director for Community Resources with the Villers Foundation, now known as Families USA. Michael then served as senior program officer for the Chicago Community Trust from 1990 to 2004, where his area of responsibility was basic human needs including aging, welfare-to-work, homelessness, and food security. Michael founded Consultants for Community Resources in 2004 to provide advocacy and consultation in the areas of aging, poverty, and community development.

Michael is a graduate of George Washington University, has an MSW from the University of Maryland School of Social Work, where he currently teaches, and has done PhD work at the Florence Heller School for Social Welfare Policy, Center on Aging, at Brandeis University.

He has also taught at Springfield College, the University of Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, where he continues to serve as a national faculty member of the Asset Based Community Development Institute. Michael is a founder and a past board member of Grantmakers in Aging, as well as a former board member of the American Society on Aging. He currently serves on the boards of Generations United, Generations on Line, Citizens Planning and Housing Association and the Mount Royal Improvement Association, and as a member of the Baltimore Commission on Aging.

You can reach Michael at and 847 571-1802

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