Michigan Nonprofit Caucus

The Michigan Nonprofit Caucus is a bipartisan, bicameral group focused on legislative and regulatory issues that impact nonprofit organizations and foundations in Michigan. The aim of the caucus is to support Michigan’s nonprofit sector through education and legislative action.

Current co-chairs are:

Sen. Stephanie Chang
(D- Detroit)

Sen. Wayne Schmidt
(R-Traverse City)


Rep. Julie Calley

Michigan Nonprofit Caucus Members

Members of both the Michigan House of Representatives and the Michigan Senate join the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus each session.


Jim Ananich
Winnie Brinks
Stephanie Chang (Co-chair)
Curtis Hertel, Jr.
Wayne Schmidt (Co-chair)


Julie Brixie
Julie Calley (Co-chair)
Sara Cambensy
Annette Glenn
Rachel Hood
Gary Howell
Jack O'Malley
Mary Whiteford
Tenisha Yancey

History of the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus

The Michigan Nonprofit Caucus was formed in April of 2009 to address the needs of this important sector of Michigan’s economy. There are more than 47,000 nonprofit organizations in the state that directly employ 11% of Michigan's workforce and spend more than $80 billion each year, making a significant direct contribution to Michigan's economy. These organizations perform critical work in the areas of human services, health care, arts and culture, education, and the environment. Michigan Nonprofit Association, the Council of Michigan Foundations, and Michigan Association of United Ways work closely with the caucus to identify priorities and set the legislative agenda.