February 16, 2021 | 1:15 PM

Advocacy in Action: 
New Nonprofit Letter Update

We’re still collecting signers onto the new nonprofit letter. Here’s the sign-on form to be included in your messaging to generate even more signers. Thanks to all who have signed on! 

The number of signers is now at 3,153. Here are the raw totals for states with 50 or more signers: New York (245), North Carolina (227), Maryland (203), California (153), Tennessee (141), Minnesota (140), Alaska (123), Michigan (121), Massachusetts (116), New Jersey (109), Florida (103), Washington (100), Nebraska (83), Oregon (83), Pennsylvania (77), Kentucky (75), Illinois (74), Colorado (72), Maine (65), Arizona (59), and Virginia (58).   

Save the Date! From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins
Tuesday, March 23 | 9:00 – 11:30 AM | Zoom

Michigan Nonprofit Association is hosting “From Talk to Action: Policymaking at the Margins” on Tuesday, March 23.
The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL) will lead a discussion about policy change through a racial equity lens. The morning program will consist of a keynote address introducing concepts followed by facilitated breakout exercises. In the afternoon, we will meet with legislators via Zoom.
DEAL is a program of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights at Wayne State University’s Law School and its mission is to develop leaders who work to end structural racism. DEAL is an innovative hub for community-driven research, programming, and media, working to dismantle racist systems using a knowledge, network, and narrative framework.
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Paycheck Protection Program Technical Assistance

Applying for loans under the new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) can be confusing and time-consuming. In partnership with Insights 3, Co.act Detroit, Opportunity Resource Fund, Apparatus Solutions, and Community Reinvestment Fund (Detroit), we are excited to offer two pathways of support to simplify your submission process.

Visit here for more details on technical assistance.

COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard

The dashboard shows how many vaccines have been distributed and how many administered. See the dashboard here.

COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Resources

Michigan is following CDC recommendations for prioritization of distribution and administration of COVID-19 vaccines. Vaccine distribution and education is vital to reopening Michigan. New resources for helping to educate Michigan residents can be found here:

Nonprofit Leadership Census

Michigan Nonprofit Association in partnership with Data Driven Detroit with support from the Knight Foundation and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is excited 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 survey is open to all nonprofits in Detroit and is intended to generate the first comprehensive, diverse data set about nonprofit leadership in the city. Amid a global racial reckoning, the effect of such a collaboration in communities of color and Indigenous communities could be transformative.

Complete the survey here.


COVID Impact Survey

We understand this is a challenging time and we are committed to understanding and learning more about how this pandemic is affecting your organization. We’re working to provide resources, training, and support for nonprofits.

To access the surveyclick here

COVID-19 is taking a tremendous economic toll on Michigan nonprofits, and we know the virus will remain a threat for months to come. As Michigan nonprofits implement new operating plans and face higher demand for services, the need for accessible, trusted resources is greater now than ever.

This series is presented in partnership with Michigan Nonprofit Association, Co.act Detroit, Michigan Community Resources, and the Council of Michigan Foundations. 

Check it out here!

2021 Detroit Capacity Building Forum
Friday, February 19, 2021 | 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM

How do we as an ecosystem better strengthen resiliency of nonprofits and the communities which they serve? How do we transform the systems that pose a threat to that resiliency?

It’s clear that transforming these systems is a task beyond the scope and capacity of any single organization or sector. So, how can we collaborate to equip nonprofits to be resilient drivers of change in their communities? How can we move beyond the barriers that hold us back from effective collaboration – beyond silos, beyond egos, beyond survival mode?

At the 2021 Detroit Capacity Building Forum, we will explore these questions as we:
  • Connect and share experiences with peers and partners
  • Start to inventory good practice going on in our ecosystem
  • Hear from local and national leaders about their approach to network building for systems change
Register here.

Community Conversations
Friday, February 26, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Please join us for MNA's first Community Conversation of 2021. The focus of these conversations is to build leadership to support the sector's capacity and action towards the racial justice imperatives facing the sector. This peer learning opportunity will be a way to connect with colleagues, learn from each other's experiences, and share ideas on how to center equity in your own organizations. We will be hosting these conversations monthly, with opportunities for BIPOC leadership breakout sessions.

For our February conversation, we'll use this time to reflect on the past 12 months - what are some lessons learned? How might we move forward as a sector? 

Register here.

Monthly Member Connect: Learn / Engage / Maximize – Save the Date!

Join MNA monthly to learn more about relevant nonprofit topics from in-house experts, engage with fellow members and presenters and maximize your MNA membership by learning how to access your benefits and resources.  Members and non-members are invited to the live events, while recordings will be available only to MNA members. 

March: Learn about MNA’s state and federal public policy priorities, advocacy efforts on behalf of the nonprofit sector, and an update on the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) initiative from MNA’s external affairs officer Joan Gustafson.

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