The Michigan Nonprofit Association proudly presents "We are 501c3" - a vibrant showcase of the indefinable work and resilience of nonprofits across our great state
As we emerge from the shadows of the pandemic, our nonprofits have not only endured but have become beacons of hope, adaptation, and unwavering commitment. This campaign is more than just a narrative; it's a mosaic of stories, successes, and steadfast dedication.
Join us in exploring the diverse tapestry of Michigan's nonprofits. We invite you to take time to explore the stories featured on this page and witness how 501c3’s continue to shape our communities for the better. From small grassroots movements to bigger charitable organizations, every story is a testament to the power of collective effort and the enduring spirit of Michigan.
Together, we are more than just nonprofits; we are the heartbeat of community resilience and transformation.
Explore. Celebrate. Support. #WeAre501c3
LANSING, MI - Footprints of Michigan is on a mission to empower those who are in need by providing warmth and dignity with footwear. Initiatives like the Soles4Vets program extend support to homeless veterans across Michigan by supplying them with new footwear and socks. Additionally, the Boots on the Playground program ensures that elementary school children in Lansing receive winter boots, protecting them from the harsh cold. The organization welcomes volunteers and donations of all types of footwear, whether new or gently used, emphasizing that items should be mud-free and without holes in the soles or body.
We were so honored to sit down with Geronimo Lerma III to learn about his organization and the impact he is making across the state.
To learn more about Footprints of Michigan and other nonprofits across Michigan, visit https://www.footprintsofmichigan.org/
IRONWOOD, MI - “Our community is very rural. We would like to be a regional hub of entertainment so that everyone can enjoy the arts.” - Zona Wick, Board President of Ironwood Theatre.
Established in 1988, the Ironwood Theatre is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting cultural experiences within the community. With no local tax support, it relies on donations, ticket sales, fundraisers, and funding grants. The theater, run by volunteers and a small staff, serves as a hub for various performing arts events, including plays, movies, and musical performances. Its mission is to maintain the historic venue for future generations while providing a platform for both entertainment and education. Through its programs, it aims to engage all age groups, nurture youth involvement in the arts, and explore relevant social topics and local history.
We were grateful for the opportunity to meet with Zona Wick and learn about the theatre's profound impact on the community while also experiencing the remarkable establishment firsthand.
Learn more about Ironwood Theatre by visiting https://www.ironwoodtheatre.net/.
MARQUETTE, MI - Trillium House is a new 8-unit modern Hospice Facility located on a beautiful 5.75-acre wooded parcel in Marquette, Michigan. The organization's inception stems from a collaborative grassroots fundraising initiative within the Marquette community. It was driven by the collective vision to establish a unique haven dedicated to meeting the end-of-life needs of local residents and their families, offering compassionate support and care. This is the first of its kind in the central UP and third in the Upper Peninsula.
We had the privilege of sitting down with Melissa Cavill, the Executive Director of Trillium House, to delve deeper into the remarkable impact they are fostering within their community.
Learn how you can support Trillium House by visiting https://trilliumhouse.org/
MIDLAND, MI - The Children’s Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region (GLBR) is a healing center for people dealing with the profound impact of losing a loved one. Established as a pillar of support, the nonprofit has diligently served children, teens, and their families across Midland County since 2016.
DETROIT, MI - The Challenge Detroit fellowship program provides a yearlong, full-time, paid job, offering a unique opportunity to make a meaningful contribution to Detroit. The program enables participants to foster leadership development, advance their careers, and establish connections with mentors and a diverse network of innovative, community-minded leaders, thinkers, and doers. Fellows collaborate on Challenge Projects with local nonprofit partners, which serve as the program's core. These projects aim to propel our partners in addressing the city's most critical needs and opportunities, ultimately contributing to the vitality of Detroit's diverse and vibrant communities. The projects are human-centered, strategic, intellectually-based, and community-focused.
We had the opportunity to interview Deirdre Groves, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Challenge Detroit, to discover how this organization is actively creating a positive and tangible impact on the city of Detroit.
Learn how you can support Challenge Detroit by visiting https://www.challengedetroit.org/
ICCF Community Homes seeks housing justice in West Michigan for a more equitable and thriving community. ICCF engages with over 2,000 households each year through a wide range of housing-related services. The organization also manages more than 600 units of affordable rental housing and offers homeownership education, providing home purchase opportunities to hundreds of neighbors.
Michelle Covington, VP of Advancement of ICCF Homes, shares the organization’s amazing vision to create vibrant communities in West Michigan with connected neighbors, housing justice, and abundant opportunities.
Learn how you can support ICCF Community Homes by visiting https://iccf.org/
The Bettye Harris Foundation, dedicated to prioritizing Community First, underwent a transformative journey from its origins as a Larynx cancer nonprofit, adapting and evolving in response to the challenges posed by the pandemic. In its current phase, the foundation has taken on the crucial role of bridging the gap between funding and demand, meticulously ensuring that our community helpers receive the necessary support through a diverse range of impactful initiatives.
Learn how you can support The Bettye Harris Foundation and other nonprofits by visiting https://www.bettyeharrisfoundation.net/
The Girls Choral Academy offers a secure, captivating, and nurturing environment for young women to flourish and develop. Through involvement in the choral arts, girls acquire musical skills, learn to cultivate positive relationships and nurture their creativity.
Learn how you can support the Girls Choir Academy by visiting https://girlschoralacademy.org/
The Firecracker Foundation is a nonprofit that is strengthening our communities, across all generations, by providing holistic healing services for children who have experienced sexual trauma. The Firecracker Foundation offers mental health therapy, trauma-sensitive yoga, advocacy, and community education.
Learn how you can support the Firecracker Foundation by visiting https://thefirecrackerfoundation.org/
Isaiah’s Hub is a nonprofit community youth center in Jackson, MI, focused on developing strong economic foundations in at-risk youth. They provide a safe, fun, and positive learning space for youth to acquire core life skills, skilled trades, occupational skills, leadership, good moral skills, and more.
Learn how you can support Isaiah’s Hub and other incredible nonprofits in your community and across the state of Michigan by visiting their Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/IsaiahsHubJXN
Listen to the stories of these organizations and discover ways you can support their often unnoticed but remarkable efforts!
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