Civic Engagement

Michigan Nonprofit Association is committed to promoting and strengthening a life-long ethic of service and civic engagement through the support of community-building initiatives. Active, engaged volunteers lead to stronger nonprofit organizations. Our programs and affiliate organizations include the LEAGUE Michigan, Michigan Campus Compact, Volunteer Centers of Michigan, and AmeriCorps & VISTA.

Resources & Publications

Our State of Generosity (www.ourstateofgenerosity.org) - Our State of Generosity explores the past 40 years of Michigan's philanthropy and its leadership, and is a joint effort of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Lifelong Civic Engagement Guide (link to download)- A digital resource that discusses lifelong engagement of Michigan residents and offers suggestions and resources on how to engage in the community.

2012 Michigan Civic Health Index (link to download)- The inaugural edition examines behaviors and attitudes of Michiganders regarding civic life in our state.

The LEAGUE Michigan

The LEAGUE Michigan is the Michigan Nonprofit Association's K-12 civic engagement program. Using service, service-learning, and philanthropy-education as its foundation, The LEAGUE Michigan connects teachers and classrooms to community organizations and causes, demonstrating the real-world application of classroom concepts.

For more information on The LEAGUE Michigan, contact Nellie Tsai, Director at ntsai@mnaonline.org or 313-394-1995

Michigan Campus Compact

Michigan Campus Compact is a coalition of college and university presidents committed to promoting the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning and civic engagement.

Michigan Campus Compact works with multiple constituencies (campus administrators, faculty, staff, students and community partners) to address campus strategies for learning and community building, while also addressing state- and nationally-defined priorities.

When campuses, students and community come together, everyone benefits. Research shows that students retain more information from their classes, are inspired by education and are more likely to graduate and become community leaders, citizens and volunteers when engaged with their community in college. When the campus encourages involvement, community needs are addressed through research, scaffolded learning, partnerships, shared resources and volunteerism.

Michigan Campus Compact is a state affiliate of national Campus Compact, which provides tools and resources to enable colleges and universities to engage effectively on issues that matter to communities beyond the campus. Campus Compact helps colleges and universities fulfill their public purposes: educating students for lives of citizenship and working through partnerships to meet the challenges affecting local, state, national, and global communities. For more information on Michigan Campus Compact, contact Robin Lynn Grinnell, Executive Director at rgrinnell@micampuscompact or 517-492-2428.

National Service

Michigan Nonprofit Association offers several avenues through which individuals and organizations can participate in national service as an AmeriCorps Member or host site.
Michigan Nonprofit Association is a charter member of Employers of National Service which seeks to build a talent pipeline which connects AmeriCorps and Peace Corps alumni with leading employers from the private, public, and nonprofit sectors to create recruitment, hiring, and advancement opportunities.

Civic Engagement Team AmeriCorps VISTA Program

MNA Civic Engagement AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed with K-12 schools, college campuses, or volunteer connector organizations and will serve a portion of their service hours off site with a community partner. MNA VISTAS promote and strengthen community-building initiatives focused on education and economic opportunity.

For more information on Civic Engagement Team AmeriCorps VISTA Program, contact Maggie Harris, Program Manager at mharris@mnaonline.org or 517-492-2425.

Mentoring to Access Corps

The Mentoring to Access Corps (MAC) AmeriCorps program is a partnership of Mentor Michigan and Michigan Campus Compact. AmeriCorps members are placed throughout the state to serve with youth mentoring programs, college and university campuses, local college access networks, high schools, and youth-serving organizations. Programmatic goals include increasing the quantity and quality of youth mentoring relationships, and impacting college access and career readiness for hundreds of K-12 youth. MAC is in its third year serving communities in Michigan.

For more information on Mentoring to Access Corps, contact Elizia Artis, Program Manager at eartis@mnaonline.org or 517-492-2451.

Volunteer Centers of Michigan

The Volunteer Centers of Michigan (VCM) is a statewide network of local volunteer centers serving Michigan communities, working to strengthen, develop and connect volunteer centers throughout the state. Volunteer Centers mobilize people and resources to deliver creative solutions to community problems. Through the convening of organizations, the promotion of community service, and the matching of volunteers to nonprofit programs and events, volunteer centers take a leadership role in addressing key community issues. Our vision is to ensure that all volunteer centers have the capacity to positively impact every Michigan community and their citizens through volunteerism.

For more information on the Volunteer Centers of Michigan, contact Chelsea Martin, Civic Engagement Manager at cmartin@mivolunteers.org or 517-492-2420.