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!

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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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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GivingTuesday Rallies Michiganders Around the Power of ‘Giving Back’Michigan Nonprofits Ask for Support

GivingTuesday Rallies Michiganders Around the Power of ‘Giving Back’Michigan Nonprofits Ask for Support

As the pandemic continues to put a damper on fundraising, Michigan nonprofits need support on GivingTuesday. “Nonprofits in general are always in need of donations and it’s certainly not at the level that it was pre-pandemic,” said Kelley Kuhn, vice president at Michigan Nonprofit Association. “Oftentimes, these are our grassroots organizations that are in our communities that may be of most need.”

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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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Nonprofit organizes trips to redistricting hearings to provide platform for Native American voices

Nonprofit organizes trips to redistricting hearings to provide platform for Native American voices

By MJ Galbraith | Courtesy of modeldmedia.com

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.

After 80 Michigan residents stood before the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission to comment on the draft maps released by the commission this past October, the in-person portion of the Lansing public hearing, it had appeared, was complete. It was time for the commission to move on to remote public commentary, held virtually via Zoom.

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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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Communities left questioning the redistricting process as they don’t see themselves represented

Communities left questioning the redistricting process as they don’t see themselves represented

By MJ Galbraith - Model D

Jerron Totten has a question for the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission.

If the purpose of the Michigan Redistricting Public Comment Portal was to enable the public, as the website itself states, “to submit public comment to the Commission, and tell them what’s important to know as they draw the new district lines,” why was the most popular map submitted not reflected in any of the Commission’s recently released draft maps?

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Donna Murray-Brown Named to Crain's 100 Most Influential Women of 2021

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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Donna Murray-Brown’s Sabbatical - “A Human Being, not a Human Doing”

Donna Murray-Brown’s Sabbatical - “A Human Being, not a Human Doing”

MNA President and CEO Donna Murray-Brown reflects on sabbatical

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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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Michigan Nonprofit Association Announces Hire of Claire Horlings as Business Development Officer

Claire Horlings bio picMichigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is proud to welcome Claire Horlings as the organization’s new Business Development Officer. In this role, Horlings is responsible for all business development activities which includes membership cultivation and retention, network growth, customer service strategy and sales. Serving on MNA’s senior leadership team, she will expand strategic partnerships and ignite membership growth.

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Michigan nonprofits are asking their communities to comment on maps for state redistricting process

Michigan nonprofits are asking their communities to comment on maps for state redistricting process

Originally published by MJ Galbraith on Model D

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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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MNA Earns GuideStar’s 2021 Gold Seal of Transparency

2021Gold Digital

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How underrepresented communities have a chance to overcome gerrymandering

How underrepresented communities have a chance to overcome gerrymandering

Originally published by MJ Galbraith, Metromode - Detroit

From 1999 to 2002, Belda Garza served in the Michigan House of Representatives, representing what was then the state’s 8th district. At the turn of the century, Michigan’s 8th district contained much of Southwest Detroit, an area of the city with a substantial Latinx population that continues to thrive there to this day. Garza was the first — and remains the only — Latinx immigrant elected to represent a part of the state that is largely made up of people just like her.

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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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U.S. Census Bureau, Nonprofits Team Up to Prepare for 2020 Census

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