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. MNA manages multiple programs and affiliates and is a sponsoring organization for 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.

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

2015 Michigan Civic Health Index - The inaugural edition examines behaviors and attitudes of Michiganders regarding civic life in our state.

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.

Youth Civic Leadership Initiatives

Michigan Nonprofit Association's Youth Civic Leadership initiatives use a place-based approach to catalyze young people to become social impact change-agents. Leveraging MNA's assets and networks, we offer a number of resources and programs designed to train youth-serving nonprofits and educators on best practices and service-learning.  Additionally, MNA offers young people the opportunity to network with other young change-makers.  These networking opportunities create pathways for young people to catapult their civic leadership after high school and into their adult lives.

For more information on MNA's Youth Civic Leadership Initiatives, contact Nellie Tsai, Director at ntsai@mnaonline.org or 313-394-1995.

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.

AmeriCorps VISTA Program

MNA AmeriCorps VISTA members are placed with member nonprofit organizations, 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 AmeriCorps VISTA Program, contact Maggie Harris, Program Manager at mharris@mnaonline.org or 517-492-2425.