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!

"From Lansing with Love" U.S. Census

Originally aired on July 1, 2019.

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2020 Census: Count group takes shape

Originally published in the Traverse City Record Eagle on July 7, 2019.

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Spotlight on the News: Inside the 2020 Census count and Michigan's hard to reach population

Originally aired on WXYZ Detroit on July 1, 2019.

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Census 2020: The Citizenship Question

Originally published in The Council of Michigan Foundations Weekly Download on July 1, 2019.

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Michigan AG Nessel, census officials applaud Supreme Court rejection of citizenship question

Originally aired on Fox 2 Detroit on June 27, 2019.

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Philanthropy Must Keep Pushing to Get a Correct Census Count

Originally aired in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on June 27, 2019.

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State doubles support for nonprofit census outreach with $5 million appropriation

Originally aired in Crain's Detroit Business on June 26, 2019.

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Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign Receives Additional State Funding

LANSING, Mich., June 26, 2019 — The Michigan legislature has allocated $5 million in appropriations funding for the Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign to ensure a complete count of all Michigan residents for Census 2020. The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) spearheaded the ambitious statewide campaign in 2018 and will be the steward of the funding to support preparation, education and outreach for Census 2020. The campaign was launched in 2018 with seed funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and support from the Council of Michigan Foundations.

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Preparing For The 2020 Census

Originally aired on The Ticker on June 18, 2019.

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Michigan Athena #LeadLikeAWoman

Originally aired on LinkedIn on June 11, 2019.

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'We have a responsibility': Whitmer encourages accurate Michigan census

Originally aired on Fox 2 Detroit on June 11, 2019.

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Michigan minorities, children could be undercounted in 2020 census, experts say

Originally aired on MLive on June 10, 2019.

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Donna Murray-Brown, Hassan Jaber, Nancy Moody | Mackinac Policy Conference 2019

Originally aired on DPTV on May 30, 2019.

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Mackinac conversations: Nonprofits lead census outreach campaign

Originally published in the Crain's Detroit on May 29, 2019.

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Mackinac Policy Conference 2019: Full schedule and agenda, speakers, how to watch

Originally published in the Click on Detroit on May 27, 2019.

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Nonprofits reach out to quell fears about census among hard-to-count populations

Originally published in Crain's Detroit Businesson May 27, 2019.

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Concrete Strategies Are Emerging for Implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Principles

By Dr. Juan Olivarez, Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy
This article was originally produced as part of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s “11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019” report. To view the full report, please visit JohnsonCenter.org/Trends.

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CEO and Professor Lives Life on Purpose

By Sarah-Grace Battles, MNA Communications Manager

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A Nontraditional Perspective on VISTA Service

When nonprofit professionals think of the “typical” member of AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), they often think of young adults who are just out of college and eager to improve their communities. This thinking can exclude those who have invested in our communities throughout their lives, leaving nontraditional AmeriCorps members overlooked and their talent, expertise and community connections untapped. To highlight the positive impact these people can have on a community, Rita Hockemeyer wrote the following blog illustrating her life of service. Rita, who was a teacher for 25 years, is now a first-year member with the Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Pathways to Employment AmeriCorps VISTA Program. Rita’s life of service truly exemplifies a passion for community and inspires each of us to improve our own corner of the world.
­— Zekiye Salman, AmeriCorps VISTA Leader

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Who We Are: Nellie Tsai

By Sarah-Grace Battles, MNA Communications Manager

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