March 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM


MNA Special Event - 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 from 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM. 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.

This year MNA is implementing a "pay what you can" policy. The suggested fee is $30.00 and includes the morning session and the opportunity to join MNA staff in 2-3 legislative meetings in the afternoon. If $30.00 is cost-prohibitive, you can pay what you can afford. If you can pay a little bit more, that's great and it means you're helping pay for somebody else. Due to the number of breakout sessions following the keynote address, space is limited so act now. 


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

The Ad Council developed six communications toolkits to help community partners educate and provide answers to their members and stakeholders. These free, easy-to-use toolkits include messaging tips, videos, FAQs, social and digital media assets, educational events, and research that was rigorously vetted by CDC. Here are links to the toolkits: 

Sara Ballard Scholarship Application Deadline Approaching

This scholarship fund is intended to assist volunteers and/or young professionals (preferably with less than three years of experience) in the field of volunteer management from Michigan and Washington each year to attend the National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS). The scholarship will cover one of the following expenses related to the conference.
  • The cost of a flight to NCVS
    • This year, the conference is in Orlando, Florida from July 14-16, 2021
  • The cost of registration for NCVS
  • The cost of lodging for NCVS
To be considered, applicants must be a current volunteer or professional working in Michigan or Washington State who has been in the nonprofit/volunteer management field for no more than three years.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 19, 2021. The selected recipient(s) will be notified no later than Friday, May 7, 2021. Apply here!

Energy Bill Payment Assistance

It’s been a challenging year and many of us could use a helping hand. Consumers Energy and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel have teamed up to help Michigan residents with high energy bills. If you or someone you know could use a hand, call 2-1-1 or visit 211 is a free service that connects people with nonprofit agencies in communities across the state. For more information about available resources visit here.

2021 State of Grantseeking Survey Open

The 2021 State of Grantseeking™ is a survey of nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, grant specialists, managers, and writers, and government entities conducted by GrantStation to reveal the current state of grantseeking in the United States and the world. This year it includes a special section on the impact of the coronavirus on your organization and on your grantseeking.

Complete the survey here

ICYMI - MNA New Blog, MI Nonprofit Lowdown

POST: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program Expands Reach Thanks to Michigan Nonprofit

March is reading month and children across Michigan have access to free books thanks to a partnership between a local nonprofit and Dolly Parton. Yes, Dolly Parton. If there is one thing that most people can agree on is their mutual love for Dolly. Am I right?  

Michigan Nonprofit Association member Communities In Schools Michigan (CIS) and the Lansing Housing Commission(LHC) collaborated with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to get books into the hands of children in mid-Michigan. “The earlier children learn to read, the more ready for kindergarten they will be,” said Meg McElhone, Director of Resource Development and Implementation, Communities In Schools. “One of the things Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library encourages is that parents read to their kids for at least 15 minutes every day. This encourages a love of reading in children that we hope lasts a lifetime.”

Read more.


Staying the Course: Sustaining Organization's DEI Strategy During Times of Crises
Tuesday, March 16
*TODAY* | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM | Virtual

Have your diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts stalled due to the unpredictable events of 2020 and 2021? During this session, we will explore actionable methods that can be applied within your organization to regain momentum for your DEI efforts during turbulent, unpredictable times.

Participants will:

  • Learn methods to re-center DEI as an organizational priority
  • Hear examples of how organizations are maintaining momentum for their DEI programs during this time of uncertainty
  • Explore a variety of best practices to re-establish organizational accountability to DEI effort
Register here.

Community Conversations
Friday, March 26 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Virtual

Please join us for our March Community Conversation. We'll use this time to discuss hiring and retention practices, with an emphasis on how workplaces are often not structured to be inclusive of racialized identities. How can organizations make sure to hire and retain talent who have different lived experiences? How can each of us help foster a healthier work environment where we all can thrive and excel? For BIPOC professionals, what are some characteristics of healthy workplaces? Through small and large group conversations, this session will provide opportunities for peer learning around best practices, strategies that have (not) worked, and methods to disrupt ineffectual workplace patterns.

Register here.

Community Conversations - Deep Dive (Member Only Event)
Tuesday, April 13 | 10 AM - 11:30 AM | Virtual

MNA members will have the option to participate in an additional conversation - How might we be better co-conspirators in the workplace? Or, in other words, how might we put our allyship into action?

Please login to your MNA membership account to register.  

MNA Monthly Member Connect
Wednesday, April 14 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Zoom
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.
In April, learn about MNA’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (ICRC) initiative from MNA’s director of civic engagement initiatives Mariana Martinez. MNA is mobilizing nonprofits to achieve fair and impartial district maps for Michigan, specifically to promote racial equity so that communities of color have a voice and are not locked out of the important decision-making that occurs at the local, state, and federal levels.

Register here.
NEW: Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Wayne State University Now Accepting Spring/Summer Applications
Interested in expanding or developing your career in the field of nonprofit management? The Master of Public Administration program offers the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management designed to support a variety of nonprofit management and policy careers, including organizational and program managers, nonprofit CEOs and board chairs, professionals in the resource development field, and those working or aspiring to build a career in philanthropic organizations.
Our course offerings enable certificate students to develop critical nonprofit management competencies that are in high demand by the nonprofit sector organizations in Metropolitan Detroit: nonprofit financial management, marketing and grant writing, ability to identify funding sources, leadership skills, data analysis and presentation skills.
Certificate courses are taught mostly online. The program can be completed in as little as one academic year.

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