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!

Michigan Athena #LeadLikeAWoman

Originally aired on LinkedIn on June 11, 2019.

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'We have a responsibility': Whitmer encourages accurate Michigan census

Originally aired on Fox 2 Detroit on June 11, 2019.

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Michigan minorities, children could be undercounted in 2020 census, experts say

Originally aired on MLive on June 10, 2019.

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Donna Murray-Brown, Hassan Jaber, Nancy Moody | Mackinac Policy Conference 2019

Originally aired on DPTV on May 30, 2019.

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Mackinac conversations: Nonprofits lead census outreach campaign

Originally published in the Crain's Detroit on May 29, 2019.

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Mackinac Policy Conference 2019: Full schedule and agenda, speakers, how to watch

Originally published in the Click on Detroit on May 27, 2019.

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Nonprofits reach out to quell fears about census among hard-to-count populations

Originally published in Crain's Detroit Businesson May 27, 2019.

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Working for a Nonprofit How the Sector is Evolving

By Bill Gesaman, MNA Strategic Growth Officer

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Concrete Strategies Are Emerging for Implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles

By Dr. Juan Olivarez, Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy
This article was originally produced as part of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s “11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019” report. To view the full report, please visit JohnsonCenter.org/Trends.

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CEO and Professor Lives Life on Purpose

By Sarah-Grace Battles, MNA Communications Manager

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A Nontraditional Perspective on VISTA Service

When nonprofit professionals think of the “typical” member of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), they often think of young adults who are just out of college and eager to improve their communities. This thinking can exclude those who have invested in our communities throughout their lives, leaving nontraditional AmeriCorps members overlooked and their talent, expertise and community connections untapped. To highlight the positive impact these people can have on a community, Rita Hockemeyer wrote the following blog illustrating her life of service. Rita, who was a teacher for 25 years, is now a first-year member with the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Pathways to Employment AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Rita’s life of service truly exemplifies a passion for community and inspires each of us to improve our own corner of the world.
­— Zekiye Salman, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

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Who We Are: Nellie Tsai

By Sarah-Grace Battles, MNA Communications Manager

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Be Counted Michigan Aims to Prevent Undercounting in 2020 Census

By Nellie Tsai, MNA Community and Civic Engagement Director

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Who We Are: Sarah-Grace Battles

By Sarah-Grace Battles, MNA Communications Manager

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Be Counted UP Census 2020 Campaign seeks grant applications

Originally published in the The Daily News on May 20, 2019.

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Partners producing Nonprofit Forum

Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal on May 11, 2019.

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Community Foundation takes on role of 2020 census nonprofit hub

Originally published in the WBKB11 on May 9, 2019.

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Be Counted UP Grant Application Open

Originally published in the UP Matterson April 30, 2019.

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Be Counted Michigan 2020 | Steelcase Foundation 2018 Annual Report Feature Story

Originally published in the Steelcase Foundation 2018 Annual Report  on April 22, 2019.

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The 2020 Census: Midland County board hears about online plans

Originally published in The Midland Daily News on April 18, 2019.

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