Cornerstone Foundation

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The Cornerstone Foundation is a nonprofit foundation founded in 1967 by then-University of Michigan law student Richard D. McLellan, Congressman John Conyers, Governor George Romney and other Michigan politicians. Since 1982 its office has been located in the same building as the Dykema Gossett law firm. In the 1990s, Cornerstone’s board included McLellan, then-Senator and later Michigan Governor John Engler, and D. Joseph Olson, then General Counsel for Amerisure Insurance (the Amerisure Companies also fund the Cato Institute). Fundraising activity was active from 1984 to 1991, with peak activity in 1987 when Cornerstone established the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a free market think tank.[1] In 2013, the Cornerstone Board consisted of McLellan, Kimbal R. Smith, III, the Chair of the Michigan Tax Tribunal, and Matthew Godlewski, Vice President of the Automobile Manufacturers Association.[2]

McLellan and Olson are still on Mackinac's Board of Directors as of 2013.[3]

Contact details

201 Townsend St Suite 926
Lansing, MI 48933


  1. Greg Steimel The Truth About the Mackinac Center, Michigan Education Association report, April 21, 2011
  2. Michigan Government portal, "Governor John Engler Portrait Unveiling Program", organizational document, accessed March 6, 2013
  3. Mackinac Center, Board of Directors, organizational website, accessed February 2013.
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