Michigan Nonprofit Association Blog

MNA’s Blog is designed to give you, the nonprofit community, an informal look into the issues currently facing Michigan’s nonprofit sector and an opportunity to share tools, resources and best practices. It’s also a way for us to get to know each other a little bit better through candid discussions of the topics, challenges and opportunities that our sector deals with on a regular basis. Check back daily and participate in the discussions by posting a comment or emailing our bloggers. We love hearing from you!

Inflation Hits Ability of Nonprofits to Provide Services, Keep Workers — and Raise Money

Inflation Hits Ability of Nonprofits to Provide Services, Keep Workers — and Raise Money

Author Dan Parks writes about the impact of inflation on nonprofits in this article featured on philanthropy.com.

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Nonprofit, political leaders share strategies to raise funding and access federal relief

Nonprofit, political leaders share strategies to raise funding and access federal relief

In an article published on MiBiz, author Hannah Brock writes about MNA's Legislative Day and priorities.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association to hold Virtual Legislative Day featuring Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist II as Keynote Speaker

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March 18, 2022 
Contact: tpitts@mnaonline.org

LANSING- Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) will present its annual Legislative Day event on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 9:30AM via Zoom.  This year’s theme is “Nonprofits- The Best Investment for Community.” The event features keynote speaker Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and will highlight the resiliency and perseverance of Michigan nonprofits over the past two years.

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In-Person Conferences and Fundraising Events Come Roaring Back

In-Person Conferences and Fundraising Events Come Roaring Back

In an article published on philanthropy.com, author Dan Parks writes about the return of live, in-person events and conferences in 2022.

Many factors play into this return to in-person formats, including people’s need to regain some form of “normalcy” as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wind down.

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Salary competition adds to staffing challenges for nonprofits - MiBiz

Salary competition adds to staffing challenges for nonprofits - MiBiz

From MiBiz - Feb. 13, 2022

Staffing shortages have become commonplace across industries over the past two years, but the nonprofit sector has unique workforce challenges when it comes to salary competition with the for-profit sector. MiBiz's Hannah Brock interviewed several nonprofit leaders to speak to nonprofit's challenges, including comments from Michigan Nonprofit Association's president and CEO, Kelley Kuhn. 

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Kelley Kuhn on the TTFromtheD Podcast

Kelley Kuhn on the TTFromtheD Podcast

On the Feb. 9th episode of TTFromtheD Podcast, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn chats with host Teresa Creggett Moore about her career, motherhood, finding balance and everything in-between.

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Black History Month Spotlight - Mark Dean

Black History Month Spotlight - Mark Dean

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Mark Dean - Computer engineer, scientist, and inventor

Dr. Mark Dean co-created the IBM personal computer in 1981—helping to modernize the computers many of us use today in homes, schools, and offices. Dean holds three of the nine patents that IBM received  for its orginal personal computer. Dean also helped develop the first color PC monitor and the first gigahertz computer processor chip which sped up the computer. Because of his trailblazing work, he became the first Black person to be named an IBM fellow in 1999—the highest honor given to a person for technology contributions to the company.

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Kelley Kuhn and Claire Horlings on the WGVU Morning Show

Kelley Kuhn and Claire Horlings on the WGVU Morning Show

On February 4th, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn and Claire Horlings were interviewed by Shelley Irwin on WGVU PBS/NPR Radio's WGVU Morning Show. Host Shelley Irwin discussed a range of topics with Kelley and Claire from how MNA helps the state's nonprofit community, to their personal and professional inspirations. 

Listen to the interview here: https://www.wgvunews.org/the-wgvu-morning-show/2022-02-04/michigan-nonprofit-association

 
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Black History Month Spotlight - Garrett A. Morgan

Black History Month Spotlight - Garrett A. Morgan

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Garrett Augustus Morgan - Inventor, Entreprenuer, and Businessman
On this first day of Black History Month, we are celebrating the many accomplishments and contributions by African-American Inventors starting with Garrett Augustus Morgan (1877-1963) who saved countless lives with his inventions.

The son of freed slaves, Garrett was born in Paris, Kentucky in 1877 during the Reconstruction era. Garrett was a boy with big ideas and blazed a trail for Black inventors with his patents which included an improved three-position traffic signal, a hair straightening product and a breathing device for firefighters.  He moved to Ohio when he was just 14 years old and in 1895, he found work as a sewing machine repairman at a company in Cleveland. He saved all of his earnings and was eventually able to open his own repair shop in 1907. But that wasn’t his only business, Garrett Morgan also started the Cleveland Call newspaper which featured stories important to the Black community.

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MNA 2020-2021 Annual Report

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Watch our interview with the Michigan Nonprofit Association's esteemed past President, Donna Murray-Brown. Ms. Murray-Brown talks about all the challenges M.N.A., and all nonprofits, have tackled this past year. In addition, highlighting our tireless work toward impactful initiatives such as D.E.I.J. focused programs and Redistricting, to name a few.

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Survey finds racial gaps in Detroit nonprofit leadership: What that means

Survey finds racial gaps in Detroit nonprofit leadership: What that means

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article highlighting the results of the Detroit Nonprofit Leadership Census, a collaboration between the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and Data Driven Detroit (D3).

The survey looked at racial diversity in leadership roles from a sample of 200 organizations out of about 1,500 operating in the city. MNA's Nellie Tsai, social innovation officer, was quoted on the general importance of the survey, especially with events in the past two years. 

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Nonprofits focus on donor relations as COVID surges create distance

In a January 2nd article of MiBiz, Andy Balaskovitz writes about the challenges that ongoing COVID concerns and reported case surges create for nonprofits.

In the wake of the omicron variant and the surge of COVID-19 cases, many nonprofit leaders are addressing the challenges of maintaining donor relationships.

In the article, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn speaks to these challenges, nonprofit's role in helping with federal relief funds, and current "giving" trends.

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First Black woman to lead state’s nonprofit association steps down

First Black woman to lead state’s nonprofit association steps down

From BridgeDetroit.com
by Olivia Lewis

Not all heroes wear capes, but if Donna Murray-Brown wore one, it would match the style and grace of a woman constantly pushing to support Detroit and Michigan nonprofits.

After 12 years at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the first Black woman to lead the statewide organization will leave her post at the end of this month. A longtime Detroiter, Brown spent the last decade supporting capacity-building initiatives, advocating on behalf of the nonprofit sector, and creating space for Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Brown announced her resignation earlier this year.

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Racial Leadership Gap Among Detroit Nonprofits, New Survey Finds

DETROIT- Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) in partnership with Data Driven Detroit (D3) today released the results of a first-of-its-kind survey that shows the racial leadership gap within the nonprofit sector in the city of Detroit.

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Garden of Hope: A Michigan nonprofit helping girls be their best

Garden of Hope: A Michigan nonprofit helping girls be their best

As a middle school student, Asia Jones was inspired to help other girls around her succeed. Growing up in Mason, Michigan, she noticed that some of her peers weren’t getting the same kinds of opportunities that she was. “I realized that not all of my friends had the village of support I had, and I wanted to fix that,” she said. She and her mom, LaShaunta Waller, began hosting workshops for friends at their house. As Jones began helping girls at her school, she realized the larger need around the Greater Lansing Area.

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Detroit Foundation Urges Local Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

Detroit Foundation Urges Local Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

By Tammy Pitts, MNA Director of Communications and Marketing



The impact of COVID-19 on Michigan nonprofits has meant canceled in-person fundraisers and a strain on budgets and resources. Yet, at a time when local nonprofits need funding to remain afloat, one of the oldest charitable organizations in Detroit tells me that applications for grant funding are down. Grants are vital for nonprofits- especially in a pandemic. So, what could be the reason for a decline in applications for funding that can be used to help children in the Detroit area? Board member Eileen Dixon of the Detroit Industrial School Foundation provided some insight.

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Building Board Support on Issues of Racial Equity: A Conversation with Sector Leaders

From November 30 | Center for Effective Philanthropy | by Chole Heskett (CEP)

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) held their third 2021 Virtual Learning Session. In that online discussion, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Donna Murray-Brown was one of the featured panelists, addressing the research findings around the topic, "Foundations Respond to Crisis: Lasting Change?" The article on CEP's website is a transcript of the virtual session. Here's a sample from the article:

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MNA New CEO Announcement

This week the Board of Directors for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) announced Kelley Kuhn as their choice to fill the vacant CEO position left by the departure of Donna Murray-Brown. Kelley had previously served as the Vice President for MNA. 

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Nonprofit needs ‘greater than ever’ this Giving Tuesday; how you can help

In a Wood TV8 artcle, MNA's Kelly Kuhn was quoted speaking to the challenges of nonprofits and highlighting the need for donations during this year's Giving Tuesday. 

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Nonprofits pivot from panic to persistence

CD119 0333MNA's Kelly Kuhn was quoted in a Lansing City Pulse article regarding the challenges facing nonprofits and how they've looked to perserve to serve their audiences and communities.

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