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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How underrepresented communities have a chance to overcome gerrymandering

How underrepresented communities have a chance to overcome gerrymandering

Originally published by MJ Galbraith, Metromode - Detroit

From 1999 to 2002, Belda Garza served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing what was then the state’s 8th district. At the turn of the century, Michigan’s 8th district contained much of Southwest Detroit, an area of the city with a substantial Latinx population that continues to thrive there to this day. Garza was the first — and remains the only — Latinx immigrant elected to represent a part of the state that is largely made up of people just like her.

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Murray-Brown Featured in MiBiz Article About Virtual Programming and Fundraising

In a September 26 article in MiBiz, written by Kate Carlson, the Grand Rapids-based news publication spoke with state of Michigan nonprofits and organizations regarding the need for more virtual events. 

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Senate Bill Introduced to Give Temporary Relief for Charitable Events

Earlier this summer, 2021, a bipartisan statewide bill was introduced to give temporary relief to charitable gaming events due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Effectively, the bill would temporarily waive fees and expand the ability to hold specific nonprofit events that include games of chance. In these scenarios, the participants would use imitation money or chips, similar to a casino. 

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U.S. Census Bureau, Nonprofits Team Up to Prepare for 2020 Census

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Michigan Nonprofit Association president tapped to lead national group's board

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Nonprofits Already Eyeing 2020 Census, $800 Billion At Stake

THE NONPROFIT TIMES | ANDY SEGEDIN

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Interview: Everybody Counts Census Effort” on Vimeo


MACHO MODE MEDIA | NINA MISURACA IGNACZAK

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There’s a Lot at Stake for Michigan in the Upcoming Census

DETROIT TODAY | JAKE NEHER

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Donna Murray Brown and Hassan Jaber interview | 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference


WDET.ORG | DETROIT TODAY WITH STEPHEN HENDERSON

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Everybody Counts; Everybody Wins in Census 2020

LANSING, Mich. —  A lot is at stake in Michigan in the upcoming 2020 Census, which makes ensuring a complete count of all Michigan residents an imperative. Historically, the Census has missed disproportionate numbers of racial minorities, immigrants, young children and those living in poverty (hard-to-count populations) leading to inequality in political power and government funding. To help ensure a complete count in the 2020 Census, the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is leading the 2020 Nonprofits Count Campaign to encourage members of traditionally hard-to-count populations to participate in the upcoming 2020 Census. The campaign was launched with seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and support from the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF).

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What’s the State of Nonprofits In Detroit as Focus: HOPE Turns 50?

WDET.ORG | DETROIT TODAY WITH STEPHEN HENDERSON

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Congress Slaps New Taxes on Nonprofits

CRAINS.COM | SHERRI WELCH

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Michigan Nonprofit Association partners with health insurance broker to transform the benefits industry status quo for large nonprofits in Michigan.

MNA and Nonstop Administration and Insurance Services announce partnership to bring improved access to care at reduced costs to Michigan nonprofits with 50+ employees on benefits

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Nonprofits Must Embrace Transparency, Flexibility to Attract Talent

MIBIZ.COM | JANE C. SIMONS

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The Census Questions: Why They Matter and What Was Proposed

COUNCIL OF MICHIGAN FOUNDATIONS | FEB. 5, 2018

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MLK Day Project Helps the Homeless

VOICENEWS.COM | EMILY PAULING

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Charities Trying to Gauge Impact of Federal Tax Reform on Giving

FREEP.COM | KATHLEEN GRAY

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Nonprofits Brace for Sweeping Changes from Federal Tax Reform

MIBIZ.COM | JANE C. SIMONS

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Michigan charities kick into high gear

Neal Rubin | The Detroit News

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