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 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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Meet the 2021 American Express NGen Fellows

Building stronger, more effective next generation leaders. That’s the goal of Independent Sector’s initiative, NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now. And as part of the initiative, we welcome our new 2021 cohort of the American Express NGen Fellows program, part of the American Express Leadership Academy.

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Remembering George Floyd on the anniversary of his death

One year ago today, people worldwide watched in horror as George Floyd, a Black man was murdered on the streets of Minneapolis, after an officer kneeled on his neck for over 9 minutes. Mr. Floyd’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry and sparked nationwide protests, and a racial reckoning against police brutality. He was cruelly robbed of years of life he might have spent with his daughter, family, and friends.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Releases Statement Following Verdict in Minneapolis

While Tuesday was a momentous and historic day, we cannot forget that true justice is a world where George Floyd is still alive. True justice is his daughter Gianna being able to hug her father, and Mr. Floyd laughing and talking with his siblings at a family reunion. The fact that millions of people around the country were on pins and needles about the outcome of the verdict tells us that we are far from the end of this fight against inequality. It took a recording, multiple witnesses, and the largest racial justice protests in history to shift public opinion about the true plight of Black people in America. What we got was not justice, it was accountability. Accountability shouldn’t be this hard or this uncertain.

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Money from Paycheck Protection Program is still available for Michigan nonprofits, but time is running out

DETROIT- Michigan Nonprofit Association joins Co.act Detroit in urging Michigan nonprofits to act now and apply for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). The deadline for submitting PPP loans is May 31, but the program could run out of money before then. “Nonprofits are part of the economic piece of the fabric of this country and vital to Michigan’s economy,” said Kelley Kuhn, vice president, Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). “We’re encouraging nonprofits to apply while the application window is still open.”

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COVID Anniversary Statement

As of this morning, the death toll for Michiganders who have died from Covid-19 currently stands at 16,218. And for many of us, those statistics represent a loved one, friend or colleague taken from us far too soon.

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Candid Announces Three New Appointments to Board of Trustees

Candid announced the appointment this month of Kami Dar, CEO of Uniti Networks; Kenneth Jones, vice president and CFO of the MacArthur Foundation; and Donna Murray-Brown, president and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association to its board of trustees.

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MNA President & CEO Donna Murray-Brown issues statement of support in wake of violence against Asian Americans

The murders of eight people in Atlanta including six women of Asian descent this week is an unspeakable tragedy. We are heartbroken and horrified at this latest act of terror against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders which according to the coalition, Stop AAPI Hate, only exacerbates “the fear and pain that the Asian American community continues to endure.”

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