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Displaying items tagged: nonprofits

Monday, 21 November 2022 16:22

Goorhouse stepping down as leader of Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area

HOLLAND — Mike Goorhouse began his work with the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area when he was just 14 years old. In the coming months, Goorhouse will say goodbye to the organization that he has led for the past eight 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, 10 November 2022 19:29

State House lawmakers pass housing bill package backed by biz, construction groups

LANSING — The Michigan House of Representatives passed four bills today aimed at creating more workforce housing projects across the state and addressing bottlenecks in housing development.


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

Thursday, 27 October 2022 17:09

Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity launching first affordable townhomes for residents with disabilities

HOLLAND TWP. — Lakeshore Habitat for Humanity will break ground this week on its first housing project aimed specifically at individuals with disabilities.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:26

Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence endowment confronts inflation, stimulus funding

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence plans to cut spending on annual “aspirational” projects by more than half in 2023 to protect the endowment from economic headwinds and allow the city’s federal stimulus funding to potentially fill in gaps.

Published in Nonprofits
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

Thursday, 06 October 2022 14:32

Q&A: West Michigan’s first Black-founded, Black-led community foundation takes root

Ciarra Adkins formed the first Black-founded and Black-led community foundation in West Michigan with a primary goal to shift the narrative about Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities and philanthropy. Specifically, she wants to advance the notion that these residents are not simply “receivers” of funds, but also serve as “distributors.”

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, 18 September 2022 05:00

New Gerber Foundation leader ‘deeply invested’ in advancing research on infants and children

FREMONT — The Gerber Foundation has a new top advocate for enhancing the quality of life of infants and young children who shares a deeply personal connection to the organization’s mission.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 08 September 2022 14:27

Meijer Gardens CEO to retire after selection of successor 

GRAND RAPIDS TWP. — David Hooker is retiring from his role as CEO and president of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park after leading the organization for 16 years.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 31 August 2022 09:30

GR nonprofits to redevelop former industrial site with housing, offices, ‘tiny home’ community

GRAND RAPIDS — A pair of Grand Rapids nonprofits plan to redevelop a vacant furniture manufacturing building on the city’s south side into housing and office space and also construct an onsite tiny home community.

Monday, 29 August 2022 16:39

GR Community Media Center begins ‘new chapter’ after naming next executive director

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand Rapids Community Media Center will start a “new chapter” under a new executive director following months of internal dissension involving previous leadership. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:22

Nonprofit executive takes on state-appointed economic development role

A Q&A with La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

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Sunday, 28 August 2022 18:20

Kellogg Foundation exec sees growth opportunity under company restructuring

BATTLE CREEK — The top executive at Kellogg Co.’s largest shareholder sees opportunity for greater growth and earnings under the Battle Creek food manufacturer’s transformation into three separate publicly traded companies.

Published in Nonprofits
Friday, 26 August 2022 12:55

Larry J. Bell Library Foundation ‘two years ahead of schedule’ after purchasing Food Dance building 

KALAMAZOO — After exiting from the brewery he founded in 1985, Larry Bell initially planned to create a new downtown space to house his collection of Michigan history books, jazz artifacts and historic brewery industry memorabilia. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 14 August 2022 18:55

Longtime Amway employee joins Guiding Light leadership team

Grand Rapids-based Guiding Light Mission Inc. has tapped a longtime Amway Corp. community relations specialist to lead the nonprofit’s fundraising and communications.

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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.


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