Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is proud to have served Michigan's nonprofit sector for nearly 24 years. Built on the belief that a strong nonprofit sector yields strong communities, MNA and its board of directors are committed to positioning the sector as a vital leader in building and sustaining thriving communities.
This year's annual report is themed "Embracing Change for a Strong Future." Late last year, we said farewell to one of the sector's most visionary leaders, Kyle Caldwell. His legacy of leadership as MNA's president and CEO over the past seven years positioned MNA as a thought leader, credible resource and critical voice for the sector. His vision to create a nonprofit center came into fruition in 2011, paving the way for the Nonprofit Center at the Armory, a highly regarded collaborative workplace and home to six nonprofit organizations. His imprint will forever be a part of the rich history of MNA. In April 2013, the Board of Directors completed its search for a new leader to move MNA toward its future of serving Michigan's nonprofit sector. On behalf of the MNA Board of Directors, I am happy to welcome Donna Murray-Brown as MNA's new president and CEO, and the first woman to serve in this position in the organization's history. We are truly excited about MNA's future under her inspirational leadership. This is a year of renaissance for MNA, and the Board of Directors is proud to share this annual report highlighting the stories of Embracing Change.
Comprising 10 percent of Michigan's workforce and contributing $137 billion to Michigan's economy, the nonprofit sector is a fundamental contributor to building and maintaining vibrant communities. As the nonprofit sector further evolves to serve the needs of Michigan's communities, now is the time for creative solutions, innovative programs and the need to embrace change as a method for mission attainment. MNA will continue to be focused on engaging the collective voice of nonprofits, leveraging the power of human capital, fostering collaboration and effective practices and cultivating and sharing resources and information. Thank you for 23 years of continued support. Your valuable partnership is vital to the transformation taking place in our great state.
Sincerely, Sheilah P. Clay
Chair, MNA Board of Directors