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!

MNA Launches Citizens Redistricting Campaign Supporting Historically Underrepresented Communities

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and a coalition of nonprofit organizations representing communities in Southeast and West Michigan will present a panel discussion on the launch of their efforts to achieve fair and impartial legislative district maps for Michigan.

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Nonprofits less likely to draw from second round of federal PPP loans

The full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy was still largely unknown when the first round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans was announced in late March 2020.

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Survey aims to collect racial demographics on leadership, staff of Detroit nonprofits

The Michigan Nonprofit Association has launched an effort to collect racial demographics on the leadership and staff of Detroit nonprofits.

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Nonprofits Aim to Create BIPOC Solidarity Network in Detroit

Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit is pleased to announce the release of the first ever Nonprofit Leadership Census survey aimed at building a solidarity network among BIPOC-led nonprofits (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in the city of Detroit. The Nonprofit Leadership Census survey is spearheaded by Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit.

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'Communities of interest' will play a major role in Michigan redistricting. You've probably never heard of them.

“MNA is working with nonprofits in Detroit and Grand Rapids to help them make sure their clients know how to get involved in redistricting and hope to expand into other regions. Their goal is to get as many communities to participate as possible.

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Co.act Detroit’s Earned Revenue Accelerator aims to give nonprofits a boost

"Nonprofits’ expertise and experience are valuable. “Nonprofits, by the nature of their existence, are problem solvers. They’re filling gaps in communities where programs are no longer existing,” and many of them have kept their doors open during the pandemic, Kuhn says.

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Black History Month Statement

Today, we kick off Black History Month, a period in which we celebrate the impact of our Black-led nonprofit partners and the contributions and culture of Black Americans who have shaped history.

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2021 State of the State Address Statement

Nonprofits across Michigan have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic providing essential services to vulnerable communities and we will continue to step up. We are supportive of Governor Whitmer’s efforts to jumpstart our economy and applaud her call for bipartisanship because we can get more done by working together.
 
Read the entire statement here.
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Gov. Whitmer appoints leader, diverse workgroups for commission on COVID-19 vaccine education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new appointees to a bipartisan commission created to educate Michigan residents on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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Governor Whitmer Announces Appointments to Bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission  

Governor Whitmer Announces Appointments to Bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission  
Commission to help educate Michiganders on safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine  

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From talk to action: Nonprofits advocate for inclusive policies

 These are undeniably the worst of times and we realize now more than ever before that nonprofit advocacy matters. Government policies and programs including strengthening charitable giving incentives, expanding nonprofit access to PPP loans, providing full unemployment benefit reimbursement, liability protections, and state and local aid are pivotal to how quickly, and how well nonprofits recover from the COVID-19 crisis.

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Companies expect corporate giving to hold, increase for some in 2021

MNA provided a "snapshot" of responses made by the end of 2020 in the impact survey. It's continuing to take responses for the study in the hopes of collecting a broader pool of responses from the state's nonprofit sector and getting a sense of the impact the second round of PPP and annual appeals that are closing out will have for nonprofits, Kelley Kuhn said.

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Q&A: Michigan nonprofits facing ‘uncertain environment’ in pandemic

Many of Michigan’s nonprofits struggled in 2020, as the pandemic pressured budgets, volunteers and operations, says Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

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Michigan Nonprofits Should Be Considered a Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

“Nonprofits across Michigan have been on the front line since the beginning of the pandemic providing essential services to our local communities and families. The need for help has increased greatly as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on. Food banks, homeless shelters, and so many others have workers and volunteers who have put themselves at risk to meet the unprecedented demand. We hope that nonprofits would be given the same consideration as other essential workers and would be considered a priority for the next stage of vaccine distribution.” – Kelley Kuhn, vice president, Michigan Nonprofit Association.

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Issues Of The Environment: 2020 Pandemic Economy Takes Toll On Environmental Non-Profits

Nonprofit organizations have been among those forced to adapt change and overcome survival challenges in 2020.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair called Donna Murray-Brown, president/CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, to discuss what was learned in 2020 and how that will carry forward in 2021.  

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Wins Gold and Silver Davey Awards for Census Video

LANSING, Mich.Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) has been named the winner of three prestigious awards for the organization’s efforts to mobilize and create awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census campaign. MNA is honored to have been awarded a Gold Davey Award for public service and activism, and a Silver Davey Award for charitable/nonprofit film and video by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) for MNA’s  “Kids Count, Too!” video. Additionally, the video won a Communicator Award which is also sanctioned and judged by AIVA.

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Nonprofits suffering during COVID-19 pandemic

Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO, of MNA says in some cases, donations have dropped 30 to 40 percent. She adds that federal funding has helped those groups weather the storm, but the future is still uncertain.

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How you can give back on #GivingTuesday

"Michigan nonprofits have been on the front lines, since the beginning of the pandemic " explained Joan Gustafson, External Affairs Officer, with the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). "And, they are providing these essential services and more to the most vulnerable of our communities, while at the same time trying to stay afloat themselves with the same challenges as many businesses."

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Attorney General Urges Caution With Holiday Giving

The Michigan Nonprofit Association, in coordination with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the United Way have also provided a valuable resource in their Giving Wisely brochure, a joint publication which helps Michigan residents make smart choices when donating during the holiday season, while also reminding residents of the importance of giving their time by volunteering.

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Michigan Nonprofits Hope for Support on #GivingTuesday as COVID-19 Sparks Increased Demand for Services

LANSING, Mich. — #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on December 1 and continue throughout the year. Michigan nonprofits are on the front lines during a global health pandemic providing essential services to vulnerable communities and demand has skyrocketed. “With #GivingTuesday coming up, I want people to recognize how utterly important it is for them to continue to donate to their favorite organizations and even support a new organization,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association. “This is an opportunity for donors to have a direct impact, and maybe even give a little more this year because the demand and need is greater.”

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