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!

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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Building Board Support on Issues of Racial Equity: A Conversation with Sector Leaders

From November 30 | Center for Effective Philanthropy | by Chole Heskett (CEP)

The Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) held their third 2021 Virtual Learning Session. In that online discussion, Michigan Nonprofit Association's Donna Murray-Brown was one of the featured panelists, addressing the research findings around the topic, "Foundations Respond to Crisis: Lasting Change?" The article on CEP's website is a transcript of the virtual session. Here's a sample from the article:

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Community groups look to convince redistricting commission to change state maps

by MJ Gailbreath | Second Wave Media | Metromode
Photos from Second Wave Media and APIAVote-MI

Community Redistricting is a series about how Michigan communities are working together to end gerrymandering so that all residents have a voice at the local, state, and federal level. This series is made possible with funding from the Michigan Nonprofit Association.

As it stands today, the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) will vote to select the final three maps outlining Michigan’s new political districts by Thursday, Dec. 30. That could change — it wouldn’t be the first time that the timeline throughout this process has — but barring any end-of-the-clock decisions from the MICRC, that date remains as the day when the commission is due to select the Congressional, state House, and state Senate districts that will decide Michigan’s elections for the next ten years.

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MNA New CEO Announcement

This week the Board of Directors for the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) announced Kelley Kuhn as their choice to fill the vacant CEO position left by the departure of Donna Murray-Brown. Kelley had previously served as the Vice President for MNA. 

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Nonprofit needs ‘greater than ever’ this Giving Tuesday; how you can help

In a Wood TV8 artcle, MNA's Kelly Kuhn was quoted speaking to the challenges of nonprofits and highlighting the need for donations during this year's Giving Tuesday. 

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Nonprofits pivot from panic to persistence

CD119 0333MNA's Kelly Kuhn was quoted in a Lansing City Pulse article regarding the challenges facing nonprofits and how they've looked to perserve to serve their audiences and communities.

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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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