Southeast Michigan Public Policy Council

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a membership organization that serves the diverse statewide nonprofit sector. In 2007, MNA created the Southeast Michigan Public Policy Council to provide a unified voice for nonprofit organizations and the communities they serve in Southeast Michigan.

The Council aims to be a key resource for public policy research, education and advocacy by raising informed awareness of the economic benefits of the nonprofit sector and its impact on quality of life.

Membership in the Council provides unprecedented opportunities to connect with key decision-makers, nonprofit colleagues and elected officials.

Structure and opportunities

  • You must be a member in good standing with MNA and operate in Southeast Michigan.
  • Officers – chair, vice chair and secretary – and standing committee chairs are elected for two year terms.
  • Committees include executive; membership; and policy, research and communication.
  • Each organization has one voting member.
  • In order to vote in officer elections, you must participate in a minimum of four meetings and/or activities per year.
  • Regular meetings are held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m the third Wednesday of every other month - January, March, May, July, September and November – at University of Michigan-Detroit Center, 3663 Woodward Ave., Suite 150, Detroit.

Public policy issues

Tax policy: Nonprofit organizations are dedicated to the public good, and their work lightens the burden of government, taxpayers and society as a whole. Consistent tax policies are critical to addressing community needs and fostering transparency and good governance. The Council is committed to preserving the tax-exempt status of nonprofit organizations and strengthening and expanding incentives for people to give their time and money to the organizations whose missions they support.

Budget and spending: Budget and spending decisions have immediate and serious consequences for nonprofits. The Council opposes arbitrary and across-the-board budget cuts at any level of government and will work to inform policymakers of the impact of budget proposals on communities.

Public-private collaborations: Nonprofit organizations share with governments a commitment to improve lives and communities. The Council is dedicated to improving government-nonprofit contracting systems and strengthening public-private partnerships at all levels.

Quality-of-life and economic benefits

Nonprofits are vital to Michigan’s economy. Our state’s nonprofits employ more than 10 percent of Michigan’s workforce. They serve as anchor institutions in communities both large and small, benefiting the health, well-being, education and environment of our residents.

The nonprofit sector also contributes significantly to the economic health of our region:

  • Of the more than 47,000 nonprofits in the state, 20 percent are located in Southeast Michigan.
  • Of the 451,000 people employed by nonprofits statewide, 50 percent work in Southeast Michigan.

Michigan nonprofits:

  • Pay their employees nearly $5 billion per quarter.
  • Hold assets of nearly $240 billion.
  • Spend more than $80 billion each year, making a significant, direct contribution to Michigan’s economy.

Council member organizations

  • ACCESS (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services)
  • Accounting Aid Society
  • Alzheimer’s Association Greater Michigan Chapter
  • Bettye Harris Larynx Cancer Awareness Center
  • City Connect Detroit
  • City Year Detroit
  • Detroit Food & Fitness Collaborative
  • Disability Network Oakland & Macomb
  • First Children's Finance
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Food Bank Council of Michigan
  • Forgotten Harvest
  • Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit
  • The Henry Ford Lutheran Social Services of Michigan
  • Mervenne & Company
  • Michigan Community Resources
  • Neighborhood Service Organization
  • NEW (Nonprofit Enterprise at Work)
  • SVSF (St. Vincent & Sarah Fisher Center)
  • The Henry Ford
  • The Skillman Foundation
  • United Way for Southeastern Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Urban League of Detroit


Joan Gustafson— Staff
External Affairs Officer
Michigan Nonprofit Association
517-230-8110 (cell)