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!

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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Make your voice heard in Michigan's redistricting process | Opinion

In 2018, voters passed an amendment to Michigan’s Constitution, establishing the Michigan Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission (MICRC). Michigan citizens have a historic, first-time ever opportunity to actively participate in the process of drawing new district lines that will govern where they vote and influence the kind of candidate who will represent them. This process is called redistricting — it happens just once every decade, and it is happening right now in Michigan. It is a nonpartisan, transparent and fair and open process.

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Metro Detroit nonprofits aim to get community voices into redistricting process

"We're working to specifically promote racial equity so that communities of color, most importantly, who happen to be often the ones who are underrepresented and underserved, have a voice in processes like these for the next ten years," says Mariana Martinez, director of civic engagement initiatives for MNA. "We know that these maps will be drawn for the next ten years, so this is a good time to get involved."

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PPP Loans may run out prior to May deadline

Funds for a paycheck protection program loan also known as a ‘PPP loan’ may run out before the May deadline. The Michigan Non Profit Association is urging small businesses and non-profits to apply before it’s too late.

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