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!

Inflation Hits Ability of Nonprofits to Provide Services, Keep Workers — and Raise Money

Author Dan Parks writes about the impact of inflation on nonprofits in this article featured on philanthropy.com.

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Nonprofit, political leaders share strategies to raise funding and access federal relief

In an article published on MiBiz, author Hannah Brock writes about MNA's Legislative Day and priorities.

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In-Person Conferences and Fundraising Events Come Roaring Back

In an article published on philanthropy.com, author Dan Parks writes about the return of live, in-person events and conferences in 2022.

Many factors play into this return to in-person formats, including people’s need to regain some form of “normalcy” as the COVID-19 pandemic begins to wind down.

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Salary competition adds to staffing challenges for nonprofits - MiBiz

From MiBiz - Feb. 13, 2022

Staffing shortages have become commonplace across industries over the past two years, but the nonprofit sector has unique workforce challenges when it comes to salary competition with the for-profit sector. MiBiz's Hannah Brock interviewed several nonprofit leaders to speak to nonprofit's challenges, including comments from Michigan Nonprofit Association's president and CEO, Kelley Kuhn. 

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Kelley Kuhn on the TTFromtheD Podcast

On the Feb. 9th episode of TTFromtheD Podcast, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn chats with host Teresa Creggett Moore about her career, motherhood, finding balance and everything in-between.

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Kelley Kuhn and Claire Horlings on the WGVU Morning Show

On February 4th, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn and Claire Horlings were interviewed by Shelley Irwin on WGVU PBS/NPR Radio's WGVU Morning Show. Host Shelley Irwin discussed a range of topics with Kelley and Claire from how MNA helps the state's nonprofit community, to their personal and professional inspirations. 

Listen to the interview here: https://www.wgvunews.org/the-wgvu-morning-show/2022-02-04/michigan-nonprofit-association

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Second Wave Media Features MNA's Anti-racism Accountability and Action Cohort

From The Nonprofit Journal Project, Sarah Williams of Second Wave Media dives in-depth on the launch of the Michigan Nonprofit Association's (MNA) Anti-racism Accountability and Action Cohort. Williams' article goes into detail on the social events and trends that led to the Cohort, in addition to diving into the structure and intent of the Grand Valley State University class that inspired MNA's program.

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Survey finds racial gaps in Detroit nonprofit leadership: What that means

The Detroit Free Press recently published an article highlighting the results of the Detroit Nonprofit Leadership Census, a collaboration between the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and Data Driven Detroit (D3).

The survey looked at racial diversity in leadership roles from a sample of 200 organizations out of about 1,500 operating in the city. MNA's Nellie Tsai, social innovation officer, was quoted on the general importance of the survey, especially with events in the past two years. 

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Nonprofits focus on donor relations as COVID surges create distance

In a January 2nd article of MiBiz, Andy Balaskovitz writes about the challenges that ongoing COVID concerns and reported case surges create for nonprofits.

In the wake of the omicron variant and the surge of COVID-19 cases, many nonprofit leaders are addressing the challenges of maintaining donor relationships.

In the article, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Kelley Kuhn speaks to these challenges, nonprofit's role in helping with federal relief funds, and current "giving" trends.

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First Black woman to lead state’s nonprofit association steps down

From BridgeDetroit.com
by Olivia Lewis

Not all heroes wear capes, but if Donna Murray-Brown wore one, it would match the style and grace of a woman constantly pushing to support Detroit and Michigan nonprofits.

After 12 years at the Michigan Nonprofit Association, the first Black woman to lead the statewide organization will leave her post at the end of this month. A longtime Detroiter, Brown spent the last decade supporting capacity-building initiatives, advocating on behalf of the nonprofit sector, and creating space for Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Brown announced her resignation earlier this year.

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