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!

Celebrating International Women's Day


By Tammy Pitts - MNA Director of Communications

InternationalWomensDay Today is International Women’s Day and we’re celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women globally. 

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I AM a Black Woman

By Tammy Pitts - MNA Director of Communications

Tammy Pitts*Taps mic* Is this thing on? Hello. I am Tammy Pitts, Director of Communications at Michigan Nonprofit Association and you’re reading the first post of MNA’s new blog: MI Nonprofit Lowdown. As chief writer, I took the liberty of sharing my story with you in the inaugural post.

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Gerrymandering split up communities in the past. New redistricting process aims to keep them together.

One of the hardest jobs for the randomly selected group of Michigan voters charged with redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts this year is that they will be required to draw districts that keep communities that share political interests together.

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Spotlight on the News: Inside MI redistricting with Sue Hammersmith, Nancy Wang & Mariana Martinez

On Sunday, February 28, Spotlight on the News will take viewers inside Michigan's redistricting process. How can you have input into the new maps that will be drawn to shape the future of the Great Lakes State?

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Michigan Non-profits Work To Educate Citizens on Redistricting

Craig Fahle is an award winning journalist and talk show host who is committed to telling the full story about all things happening around Metro Detroit. He is equally at home with any subject, whether it be politics, public policy, business, arts and culture, and even sports. His conversational style, mixed with a probing yet civil interviewing style has earned him respect from a multi generational and multicultural audience.

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Comisión Independiente de Ciudadanos (ICRC) para la Iniciativa de Redistribución de Distritos Electorales

Read more here. (Page 10)

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Effort underway to involve underrepresented communities in redistricting

The Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) is leading an effort alongside a coalition of partners to provide training and resources to help underrepresented communities give testimony and legislative maps to the new Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC).

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Nonprofit coalition will work to get underrepresented communities involved in MI redistricting

The Michigan Nonprofit Association said it is working with a coalition to get underrepresented communities in Michigan involved in the redistricting process.

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State's new Redistricting Commission anticipates delay in receiving Census data

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau announced states wouldn’t receive the data they need to draw new legislative maps until the end of September.

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Nonprofit consortium launches campaign to give underrepresented communities voice in redistricting

A nonprofit coalition led by the Michigan Nonprofit Association on Wednesday launched a campaign to engage historically underrepresented communities in the state's redistricting process.

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MNA Launches Citizens Redistricting Campaign Supporting Historically Underrepresented Communities

Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA) and a coalition of nonprofit organizations representing communities in Southeast and West Michigan will present a panel discussion on the launch of their efforts to achieve fair and impartial legislative district maps for Michigan.

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Nonprofits less likely to draw from second round of federal PPP loans

The full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy was still largely unknown when the first round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans was announced in late March 2020.

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Survey aims to collect racial demographics on leadership, staff of Detroit nonprofits

The Michigan Nonprofit Association has launched an effort to collect racial demographics on the leadership and staff of Detroit nonprofits.

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Nonprofits Aim to Create BIPOC Solidarity Network in Detroit

Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit is pleased to announce the release of the first ever Nonprofit Leadership Census survey aimed at building a solidarity network among BIPOC-led nonprofits (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in the city of Detroit. The Nonprofit Leadership Census survey is spearheaded by Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit.

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'Communities of interest' will play a major role in Michigan redistricting. You've probably never heard of them.

“MNA is working with nonprofits in Detroit and Grand Rapids to help them make sure their clients know how to get involved in redistricting and hope to expand into other regions. Their goal is to get as many communities to participate as possible.

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Co.act Detroit’s Earned Revenue Accelerator aims to give nonprofits a boost

"Nonprofits’ expertise and experience are valuable. “Nonprofits, by the nature of their existence, are problem solvers. They’re filling gaps in communities where programs are no longer existing,” and many of them have kept their doors open during the pandemic, Kuhn says.

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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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Gov. Whitmer appoints leader, diverse workgroups for commission on COVID-19 vaccine education

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced new appointees to a bipartisan commission created to educate Michigan residents on the COVID-19 vaccine.

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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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