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!

Black History Month Statement

Today, we kick off Black History Month, a period in which we celebrate the impact of our Black-led nonprofit partners and the contributions and culture of Black Americans who have shaped history.

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2021 State of the State Address Statement

Nonprofits across Michigan have been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic providing essential services to vulnerable communities and we will continue to step up. We are supportive of Governor Whitmer’s efforts to jumpstart our economy and applaud her call for bipartisanship because we can get more done by working together.
 
Read the entire statement here.
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Governor Whitmer Announces Appointments to Bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission  

Governor Whitmer Announces Appointments to Bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission  
Commission to help educate Michiganders on safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine  

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Michigan Nonprofits Should Be Considered a Priority for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

“Nonprofits across Michigan have been on the front line since the beginning of the pandemic providing essential services to our local communities and families. The need for help has increased greatly as the coronavirus pandemic stretches on. Food banks, homeless shelters, and so many others have workers and volunteers who have put themselves at risk to meet the unprecedented demand. We hope that nonprofits would be given the same consideration as other essential workers and would be considered a priority for the next stage of vaccine distribution.” – Kelley Kuhn, vice president, Michigan Nonprofit Association.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Wins Gold and Silver Davey Awards for Census Video

LANSING, Mich.Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) has been named the winner of three prestigious awards for the organization’s efforts to mobilize and create awareness about the importance of the 2020 Census campaign. MNA is honored to have been awarded a Gold Davey Award for public service and activism, and a Silver Davey Award for charitable/nonprofit film and video by the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts (AIVA) for MNA’s  “Kids Count, Too!” video. Additionally, the video won a Communicator Award which is also sanctioned and judged by AIVA.

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Michigan Nonprofits Hope for Support on #GivingTuesday as COVID-19 Sparks Increased Demand for Services

LANSING, Mich. — #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on December 1 and continue throughout the year. Michigan nonprofits are on the front lines during a global health pandemic providing essential services to vulnerable communities and demand has skyrocketed. “With #GivingTuesday coming up, I want people to recognize how utterly important it is for them to continue to donate to their favorite organizations and even support a new organization,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO of Michigan Nonprofit Association. “This is an opportunity for donors to have a direct impact, and maybe even give a little more this year because the demand and need is greater.”

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Mariana Martinez Named New Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives at Michigan Nonprofit Association

Mariana MartinezMichigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is excited to welcome Mariana Martinez as the new Director of Civic Engagement Initiatives. In this role, Ms. Martinez will be tasked with leading MNA’s program to educate nonprofits on how their communities can have a voice in creating more equitable and representative districts.

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Michigan Nonprofits Call on Congress to Pass Covid-19 Relief Legislation Now That the Election is Over

Michigan Nonprofit Association congratulates Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory as president-elect and vice president-elect. Harris is the first woman of color to become vice president of the United States and this historic moment represents the millions of minority women who have often been historically underrepresented and overlooked.

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Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign expresses disappointment with U.S. Supreme Court ruling that ends the 2020 Census Count

October 15, 2020 - Census 2020 Michigan Nonprofits Count Campaign is disappointed with Tuesday’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court which ends the 2020 Census count early. The ruling overturns previous rulings from lower courts that directed the Census Bureau to continue the count until October 31.

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Michigan Nonprofit Association Names Tammy Pitts As Director of Communications

Tammy Pitts Profile photoLANSING, Michigan – Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Tammy Pitts to the position of Director of Communications. In this role, Ms. Pitts will manage all aspects of communications and media relations for MNA. “We are so excited to welcome Tammy as she brings a wealth of experience to this leadership position,” said Donna Murray-Brown, President and CEO.  

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