Michigan Nonprofit Association

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Lansing, MI 48912

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Public Policy & Advocacy

Strategic Partners

The Michigan Nonprofit Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group focused on legislative and regulatory issues that impact nonprofit organizations and foundations in Michigan. The aim of the caucus is to support Michigan’s nonprofit sector through education and legislative action.

Michigan Nonprofit Caucus Members

Members of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate join the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus each session.


Jim Ananich

Julie Brixie

Winnie Brinks

Julie Calley (Co-chair)

Stephanie Chang (Co-chair)

Sara Cambensy

Curtis Hertel, Jr.

Annette Glenn

Wayne Schmidt (Co-chair)

Rachel Hood

Gary Howell

Jack O'Malley

Mary Whiteford

Tenisha Yancey

History of the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus

The Michigan Nonprofit Caucus was formed in April of 2009 to address the needs of this important sector of Michigan’s economy. There are more than 47,000 nonprofit organizations in the state that directly employ 11% of Michigan's workforce and spend more than $80 billion each year, making a significant direct contribution to Michigan's economy.

These organizations perform critical work in the areas of human services, health care, arts and culture, education, and the environment. Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Michigan Association of United Ways work closely with the caucus to identify priorities and set the legislative agenda.

Michigan Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts

The Nonprofit Council for Charitable Trusts was formed in January 2004 by the Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Council of Michigan Foundations. Chaired by Michigan’s Assistant Attorney General, the Council provides expertise and guidance to the Attorney General on topics including existing and emerging regulations, best practices for compliance, and educating donor and residents about charities and charitable giving.

State and Federal Priorities (2021/2022)

State background

Through MNA’s strong state relationships and staffing the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus and the Nonprofit Council for the Charitable Trust in the Office of Attorney General, MNA’s members have access to policymakers and regulators that ensure that the sector’s interests are understood and advanced.

In partnership with CMF, MAUW, JCP, MLPP, MCSC, Dykema, our board of directors and committees, MNA has a solid public policy and government relations infrastructure at the state level.

State Goals

  • Address challenges or issues that arise throughout the year brought about by the coronavirus pandemic, e.g., dedicated nonprofit grant program, anti-racism policies, budgetary proposals, unemployment insurance reimbursement, etc.
  • Restore Charitable Tax Credits
  • Support property tax exemption and oppose mandatory and coercive demands for payment in lieu of taxes (PILOTS)

Federal background

Through MNA’s strong relationships with MI’s Congressional delegation, membership with the National Council of Nonprofits, and other partners such as Independent Sector and Leadership Conference of Civil and Human Rights, the nonprofit sector’s interests are shared and advanced at the federal level.

Federal Goals

  • Provide Full Unemployment Benefit Reimbursement: Increase the federal unemployment insurance reimbursement for reimbursing (self-insured) nonprofits to 100% of costs and extend relief through at least the third quarter of 2021.
  • Expand Nonprofit Access to PPP Loans: Expand the Paycheck Protection Program to provide forgivable loans to nonprofits with more than 500 employees and revise the nonprofit eligibility criteria for PPP Second Draw loans to eliminate the requirement that these organizations serving their communities must suffer a 25% decline in gross receipts.
  • Strengthen Charitable Giving Incentives: Increase and make permanent the above-the-line or universal charitable deduction in the new COVID relief law.
  • State and Local Aid: Nonprofits recognize the need and endorse providing substantial federal aid to state and local governments to help cover lost revenues during the pandemic and avoid layoffs and cuts to essential programs and services.
  • Liability Protections: Charitable organizations recognize the need for stringent standards for operating safely and believe that entities that take all reasonable steps to reopen safely should receive protections from litigation.

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