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!

Pandemic putting squeeze on donations to some Michigan nonprofits

from WXYZ, as reported by Kimberly Craig

Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn was recently featured in an In-Depth report on WXYZ. Kuhn spoke to the difficulties that nonprofits everywhere are having in raising donations, even post-pandemic.

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MNA Vice President, Kelley Kuhn speaks to rising prices and shortages challenging nonprofits

In an article published in the Alpena News, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Vice President, Kelley Kuhn, commented on the fundraising struggles for nonprofit organizations, post-quarantine. 

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Redistricting questions linger as communities don't see proper representation in new maps

Three publications recently posted an article by MJ Galbraith titled, "Communities left questioning the redistricting process as they don’t see themselves represented." The article hears from community leaders expressing concerns around the release of redistricting maps and how those new maps will affect under-represented segments and communities across Michigan. You can read the articles in the Flintside, Second Wave Media, and Model D web sites. Links below.

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Donna Murray-Brown Named to Crain's 100 Most Influential Women of 2021

Donna Murray-Brown was recently named to Crain's Detroit Business 100 Most Influential Women of 2021 list. Murray-Brown reflects on various career highlights, milestones, and general learnings from her years of experience. Read the transcript of the article below.

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Redistricting public forums held to hear feedback on new district maps

On Thursday, October 21st, Michigan's Redistricting Commission heard feedback and thoughts on early drafts of new maps for state and congressional legislative districts. Michigan Nonprofit Association's External Affairs Officer, Joan Gustafson, represented the organization's efforts to bring transparency to the process and shine a light on why these forums are important.

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Flint Courier Spotlights Communities First Initiative, Redistricting Commission

An article in the Flint Courier highlighted the continued challenges and opportunities that redistricting has created for residents of communities all-across Michigan. The article and included YouTube video introduces people to the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission and background on it's mission. In addition, Michigan Nonprofit Association talks about their Communities First initiative and describes it's importance, particularly in assisting those disproportionately affected by redistricting.  

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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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What will the future look like for Southeast Michigan's nonprofits?


Over the last 18 months, nonprofit organizations in the region have spent much of their days in a reactive state: responding, experimenting and working to survive in order to continue serving community needs.

But the critical events of COVID-19, vaccination engagement, a heightened sense of racial justice and issues of climate change have also forced nonprofit leaders and those who support their work to look beyond the immediate, to consider the future.

How has this storm of challenges altered the nonprofit world, for better or worse, causing leaders to question and reimagine their systems of funding, models of work, governance and values? 

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The Way Forward: Nonprofits face long recovery, uncertainty

There's a lot of discussion about things getting back to normal, but that's not yet the case for nonprofits and the people they serve.

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