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Tuesday, 07 February 2023 16:12

$90K Wege Foundation loan to help Northern Initiatives CDFI build out client support systems

A $90,000 grant from the Wege Foundation will back the work of Northern Initiatives, a federally designated community development financial institution (CDFI) that lends to small businesses that may otherwise lack access to credit and capital.

Published in Finance
Thursday, 26 January 2023 17:49

Chicago-based CDFI expands reach into West Michigan to support nonprofits

A Chicago organization that provides capital and other support to nonprofits looks to build momentum and reach across the west side of the state after opening an office in Grand Rapids last spring.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 11 January 2023 14:31

Dwelling Place set to break ground on 42-unit community land trust housing project

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit housing developer Dwelling Place plans to break ground this spring on a years-long project to build 42 homes in Grand Rapids’ Garfield Park Neighborhood. 


Thursday, 29 December 2022 12:47

Pandemic fundraising and new beginnings: The 10 most-read nonprofit stories of 2022

After nearly two years of contending with a pandemic that brought fundraising uncertainty and growing community needs, West Michigan nonprofits spent 2022 finding new ways to serve and capturing much-needed federal relief funding.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 13 December 2022 15:05

‘HONEST CONVERSATIONS’: Report spotlights racial gap in Michigan nonprofit leadership

A major statewide survey of nonprofit organizations highlights significant and persistent racial gaps in the sector as roughly three-quarters of Michigan nonprofits remain white-led.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 08 December 2022 11:50

Longtime West Michigan office furniture exec to lead Hope Network 

GRAND RAPIDS — Bob Von Kaenel, a longtime executive at Kentwood Office Furniture and Herman Miller Inc., has been named the new president and CEO of nonprofit health care services provider Hope Network.

Published in Health Care

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 11:46

Public-private partnership aims to create 1,000 child care slots across Ottawa Co.

Ottawa County officials have signed off on plans to leverage $7.5 million in federal stimulus funds with nearly $25 million from the private sector to create 1,000 new child care slots in the next three years.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 17 November 2022 17:48

More foundations, more giving: Johnson Center report offers 30-year retrospective on philanthropy 

Since Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy was founded 30 years ago, the nonprofit industry has seen seismic shifts in the amount of charitable giving, nonprofits’ assets, and the overall number of nonprofit organizations.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 03 November 2022 13:17

DEI in the arts is a long but necessary process, local leaders say

Opera Grand Rapids, formed in 1966 to host musical productions that in prior decades had occurred through multiple local community and civic theater companies, is taking measures to help expose the arts to future and more diverse audiences.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 03 November 2022 09:38

Video Q&A: Council of Michigan Foundations leader shares philanthropy sector outlook

Council of Michigan Foundations President and CEO Kyle Caldwell spoke with MiBiz to discuss his outlook for the philanthropy sector heading into 2023.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 31 October 2022 14:32

WMCAT awarded $150K Google grant to launch tech career training program

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology (WMCAT) recently received a $150,000 grant from Google to support the nonprofit’s new Adult Career Training Program.

Published in Talent
Monday, 10 October 2022 11:26

Auto manufacturer Gentex creates nonprofit foundation, STEM scholarship for women

ZEELAND — Tier 1 automotive supplier Gentex Corp. has created a nonprofit charitable foundation for its philanthropic efforts as well as a new scholarship program for women pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 02 October 2022 12:11

Construction nonprofit launches services for underrepresented contractors

GRAND RAPIDS — Construction Allies in Action is launching the first phase of a new program to help underrepresented commercial and residential construction contractors grow their businesses. 

Thursday, 29 September 2022 14:03

15 lakeshore arts organizations begin intensive capacity-building initiative

HOLLAND — Fifteen lakeshore arts organizations are part of the latest capacity-building initiative facilitated by the prestigious University of Maryland-based DeVos Institute of Arts Management (DVIAM).

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 22 September 2022 12:42

GR housing nonprofit steps into developer role to address low-income needs

GRAND RAPIDS — Well House is working to construct new housing units in addition to its existing 15 homes that are occupied by renters that were formerly homeless. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 07 August 2022 21:11

Kent Co. senior millage extension to boost nonprofit’s new technology support program

A Grand Rapids nonprofit providing independent living services received a boost last week when Kent County voters extended a senior services millage that will help the organization’s recently launched technology support program.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 28 July 2022 13:04

New report calls for permanent policy changes to improve youth outcomes

Armed with new data on economic security, education and health outcomes, nonprofit officials hope an array of policy changes enacted during the COVID-19 pandemic to address children’s and families’ needs are made permanent.

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 27 July 2022 16:07

Arts playing ‘huge role’ in shaping downtown Muskegon through pandemic

Arts and cultural organizations are helping to define Muskegon’s downtown resurgence as they innovate out of slumps in attendance and events caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 13 July 2022 15:53

Nonprofit support services help companies boost refugee employment

Prince Shema arrived in Michigan from the Democratic Republic of the Congo via Ethiopia in 2013. With help from a local nonprofit organization, he completed an independent living preparation program while going to high school. 

Published in Nonprofits
Wednesday, 13 July 2022 13:50

Michigan Nonprofit Association to help oversee $50M relief grant program

The Michigan Nonprofit Association is gearing up to help oversee a new $50 million grant program included in the latest state budget to help small nonprofits recover from pandemic-related losses.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 11 July 2022 19:37

The Diatribe acquires West Mich. nonprofit with similar mission to empower youth

GRAND RAPIDS — The Diatribe Inc. is acquiring another Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that shares a similar mission of empowering youth and underrepresented populations through art and creativity.

Published in Nonprofits

Monday, 11 July 2022 15:21

$110K grant to help Literacy Center expand reach of ESL program for parents

GRAND RAPIDS — A $110,000 grant will help expand the Literacy Center of West Michigan’s Family Literacy Program, which helps equip non-native English speakers whose children attend local schools with literacy and communication skills.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 30 June 2022 18:36

Corporate giving surged in 2021 as Michigan outlook grows more optimistic

Philanthropic giving by U.S. corporations surged last year compared to 2020, a positive sign for Michigan nonprofits that tend to rely more on corporate donors than individuals compared to other states.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 20 June 2022 12:25

Housing North expands programming in Manistee County with $250K commitment

Eight organizations in Manistee County will contribute $250,000 over the next three years to help expand nonprofit Housing North’s programming in the area.


Friday, 10 June 2022 15:50

The Diatribe receives $75K national endowment grant for GR mural project

GRAND RAPIDS — The Diatribe Inc., a Grand Rapids-based nonprofit that focuses on empowering youth through poetry, has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Published in Nonprofits
Friday, 10 June 2022 14:24

Muskegon Museum of Art to break ground on $11.2M expansion with spotlight on art by women

MUSKEGON — The Muskegon Museum of Art has received an extensive painting collection by women artists and more than $11 million in cash donations to launch an expansion that will more than double the size of the museum.

Published in Nonprofits
Monday, 06 June 2022 15:03

Women’s Resource Center relocating to expand, make services more accessible

GRAND RAPIDS — The Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit that provides workforce assistance for women, plans to relocate and expand its services to the city’s southeast side.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 25 May 2022 15:31

Kinexus Group CEO leads Southwest Michigan coalition aiding Ukrainians 

Businesses and individuals around the world have stepped up to fundraise for Ukrainian refugees since Russia’s invasion began in February, but the head of a Southwest Michigan business development service has taken his show of support a step further. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 22 May 2022 18:17

City-created nonprofit to help achieve cannabis equity goals faces pushback

GRAND RAPIDS — A proposal that would allow a newly created nonprofit to help Grand Rapids cannabis companies meet their social equity pledges is facing pushback from some business owners and city officials who see it as diluting social justice efforts.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 12 May 2022 10:09

GR nonprofit relocates to renovated farmhouse after split from church

GRAND RAPIDS — New City Neighbors is set to unveil its new location at a renovated urban farmhouse that sits on a 1-acre plot in the city’s Creston neighborhood.

Published in Nonprofits

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