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!

Attorney General Urges Caution With Holiday Giving

The Michigan Nonprofit Association, in coordination with the Council of Michigan Foundations and the United Way have also provided a valuable resource in their Giving Wisely brochure, a joint publication which helps Michigan residents make smart choices when donating during the holiday season, while also reminding residents of the importance of giving their time by volunteering.

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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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Call to Action Interview with Michigan Nonprofit Association

Michigan nonprofits are struggling to do more with less resources amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic distress it has caused. Sarah Pinder, Engagement Director at Michigan Nonprofit Association, talks about what is at stake and how community members can pitch in and support Michigan nonprofits.

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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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Nonprofits Tough Times Call for Tough Conversations

Originally published on Crain's Detroit Business on October 18, 2020.

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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 leaders dismayed by Supreme Court ruling on Census count

Originally published on WDIV Local 4 on October 14, 2020.

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MI Census Field Workers Will Complete Count By Oct. 31

Originally published on WGVU on October 7, 2020.

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50,000 people uncounted in Michigan Census with 3 weeks left to go

Originally published on The Sault News on October 7, 2020.

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Michigan census deadline extended to the end of the month

Originally published on Upper Michigan Source on October 6, 2020.

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Thousands of people living in West Michigan still need to complete the 2020 Census

Originally published on News Channel 3 on October 6, 2020.

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State Officials Urge Responses As Census Hits Home Stretch

Originally published on Keweenaw Report on October 6, 2020.

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Officials: Michigan could lose $1.5B through 2030 in census undercount

Originally published on The Detroit News on October 6, 2020.

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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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Census faces challenges in Michigan, particularly in the north

Originally published on Spartan News Room on October 2, 2020.

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When’s the census deadline? It’s unclear, but officials say, ‘Fill it out today.

Originally published on Michigan Advance on September 29, 2020.

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What's Next: Fragile nonprofit safety net facing tests that threaten survival

Originally published on Crain's Detroit Business on August 9, 2020.

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U.S. Census Bureau cuts short door-to-door effort, could cost Michigan

Originally published in Michigan Advance on July 31, 2020.

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Fundraising, maintaining morale among challenges for new nonprofit leaders

Originally published in MiBiz on August 2, 2020.

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