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 Nonprofit Association Issues Statement on fatal police shooting of Patrick Lyoya

April 20, 2022 
Contact: tpitts@mnaonline.org

We are horrified and heartbroken at the senseless death of Patrick Lyoya, a Black man who was killed by a Grand Rapids police officer on April 4, 2022. There are thousands of routine traffic stops every day here in Michigan and not one should cost a life.   

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

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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MNA Announces Statewide Survey to Capture First Ever Comprehensive Nonprofit Leadership Dataset

January 26, 2022 
Contact: Tammy Pitts // tpitts@mnaonline.org 

Statewide Survey Will Capture the First Ever Comprehensive Dataset on Nonprofit Leadership in Michigan 

The Michigan Nonprofit Association — in partnership with Data Driven Detroit (D3) and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy — is working to build the first comprehensive dataset about the demographics of nonprofit leadership throughout Michigan.

This project is supported with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. It will collect staff and board demographic information and resource- and equity-related data from participants. The partners hope to capture information from all regions of the state. 

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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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Michigan Nonprofit Association Taps Kelley Kuhn as New President & CEO

MNA VP Replaces Outgoing CEO Donna Murray-Brown

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) today announced its decision to hire Michigan native Kelley Kuhn as its new President & CEO, effective January 1. Kuhn, who currently serves as MNA Vice President, replaces outgoing MNA executive Donna Murray-Brown, whose departure was prompted by a spousal job change that will take her family out of state.

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GivingTuesday Rallies Michiganders Around the Power of ‘Giving Back’Michigan Nonprofits Ask for Support

As the pandemic continues to put a damper on fundraising, Michigan nonprofits need support on GivingTuesday. “Nonprofits in general are always in need of donations and it’s certainly not at the level that it was pre-pandemic,” said Kelley Kuhn, vice president at Michigan Nonprofit Association. “Oftentimes, these are our grassroots organizations that are in our communities that may be of most need.”

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Announces Hire of Claire Horlings as Business Development Officer

Claire Horlings bio picMichigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is proud to welcome Claire Horlings as the organization’s new Business Development Officer. In this role, Horlings is responsible for all business development activities which includes membership cultivation and retention, network growth, customer service strategy and sales. Serving on MNA’s senior leadership team, she will expand strategic partnerships and ignite membership growth.

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MNA Earns GuideStar’s 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency

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The Nonprofit Journal Project Continues

Throughout the pandemic, nonprofits have been on the ground in communities solving issues, adapting programming and service models to meet the most critical needs.

Many have formed partnerships with one another and outside agencies in order to strengthen their impact and survive funding challenges. They've embraced innovation and leveraged technology to reach communities in new ways, providing food distribution, housing and healthcare to education and the arts. 

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Announces CEO Transition

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) today announced the resignation of CEO Donna Murray-Brown, whose departure is prompted by a spousal job change that will take her family out of state. Murray-Brown will stay on through Dec. 31 and provide consulting services as needed through the first quarter of 2022.

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