Displaying items tagged: nonprofits

Sunday, 28 February 2021 13:40

Muskegon nonprofits launch new affordable housing program

MUSKEGON — Two Muskegon nonprofits are partnering on a new affordable housing pilot program calling for six new homes in the city just east of downtown. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 28 February 2021 11:48

Do More Good merges with Nebraska nonprofit to offer ‘toolkit’ for organizations

Grand Haven-based nonprofit Do More Good has merged with a Nebraska organization that provides educational resources to nonprofits across the U.S., a move that officials say will expand their reach and mission.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 23 February 2021 14:14

Nonprofit converts former Aldi into warehouse, offices to help deliver more food to students in need

GEORGETOWN TWP. — Hudsonville-based nonprofit Hand2Hand recently purchased a former Aldi grocery store to consolidate its office and warehouse space into one location.

Published in Nonprofits

Thursday, 18 February 2021 17:41

Kalamazoo Community Foundation drops Southwest Michigan First membership as CEO backlash continues

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has dropped its membership with Southwest Michigan First effective immediately as backlash continues over the economic development organization’s hiring of former GOP House Speaker Lee Chatfield as its CEO.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 14 February 2021 16:00

Mel Trotter’s recent mergers signal a coming shift in philanthropy

Mel Trotter Ministries’ acquisitions of two other Grand Rapids nonprofits in 2020 marked the start of a significant, long-term shift for the nonprofit that executives say will fundamentally change the organization.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 14 February 2021 13:45

Nonprofits less likely to draw from second round of federal PPP loans

The full effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the national economy was still largely unknown when the first round of federal Paycheck Protection Program loans was announced in late March 2020.

Published in Nonprofits

Wednesday, 03 February 2021 10:29

Grand Rapids nonprofit considers housing development after recent property acquisition

GRAND RAPIDS — After acquiring two other Grand Rapids nonprofits over the last year, Mel Trotter Ministries is considering plans for a housing development after purchasing an abandoned property on the city’s south side.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 31 January 2021 12:51

GVSU trends report highlights disruptive forces in philanthropy

Through the pandemic-related turmoil of 2020, many nonprofit organizations shifted focus or practices while others shined a light on longstanding disparities around health outcomes, racial equality and economic opportunity for people of color, researchers say.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:24

Utility foundations use deep nonprofit network to distribute millions in COVID relief funds

The corporate foundations of the state’s two major energy utilities have distributed nearly $26.5 million in direct relief funds to meet basic needs such as food, shelter and personal protective equipment since the COVID-19 pandemic began. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 17 January 2021 12:22

United Way simulation tool shares experience of ALICE households

An online simulation tool rolled out by Heart of West Michigan United Way in September is designed to build empathy and help people understand what it’s like to live as an ALICE (Asset-Limited, Income-Constrained, Employed) household.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 03 January 2021 15:06

Kids Count report highlights toll of COVID-19 pandemic on Michigan families

The coronavirus pandemic is taking a toll on children and families who are struggling to meet basic needs while stretching nonprofits that provide essential services around food, shelter and mental health, according to a new report.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:00

Nonprofit leaders cautiously optimistic about 2021, some organizations face tough challenges

Some nonprofits survived the first nine months of the pandemic relatively unscathed while others are hanging on in hopes that a widely distributed vaccine lifts capacity restrictions and renews confidence in gathering indoors.

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 20 December 2020 16:50

New GVSU philanthropy chair awaits move to Michigan and delving into local issues

Michael Layton looks forward to the day when he can walk around downtown Grand Rapids or join colleagues for a coffee or beer in person. Originally from Philadelphia, Layton is Grand Valley State University’s new W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy. He joined GVSU’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in early September, but his relocation is on hold because of the pandemic. Layton founded and directed the Philanthropy and Civil Society Project at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in Mexico City, where he developed a groundbreaking research and advocacy program to understand and strengthen philanthropy and civil society.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 15 December 2020 11:17

West Michigan Hispanic Chamber receives $100,000 Bank of America grant to help Latinx businesses

The West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will use a $100,000 grant from Bank of America to help businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Small Business
Friday, 04 December 2020 12:41

Fennville center offers equine-assisted experiential learning to boost organizations’ team building, morale

Highly intuitive horses are experts at nonverbal communication and can sense chaos, conflict and other human emotions. They often mirror behaviors and, as herd animals, reveal the benefits of working in collaboration. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 22 November 2020 14:59

Member-based nonprofits bolster efforts to deliver aid to minority-owned businesses

When the coronavirus pandemic hit eight months ago, many Latinx and Black business owners missed out on federal loans and other relief because they didn’t have relationships with local bankers or didn’t have financial statements in order.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 08 November 2020 13:10

Nonprofits partner to support individuals incarcerated for cannabis

national organization and a Michigan-based nonprofit are partnering to raise $30,000 in support of people currently or formerly incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes, hoping to bring an element of justice for those jailed for offenses that would now be legal in Michigan.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 08 November 2020 12:06

New targeted program aims to address homelessness in downtown Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS — A nonprofit housing advocacy organization has launched a new program aimed at reducing the number of individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness, targeting a high-traffic area in downtown Grand Rapids. 

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 25 October 2020 15:54

GR nonprofit lands $1M in state funding for planned early childhood, senior center

GRAND RAPIDS — United Methodist Community House will receive $1 million in state funding for an early childhood education and senior activity center planned on the city’s disadvantaged southeast side.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 25 October 2020 13:52

Service organizations look to spread awareness of new expungement laws

Michigan nonprofits operating in the workforce development and housing sectors see a need to raise awareness among clients following new statewide criminal justice reforms.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 13 October 2020 12:45

Catherine’s Health Center expansion to fill gap for underserved patients

GRAND RAPIDS — Catherine’s Health Center, a nonprofit health care provider for underserved patients in Kent County, plans to open two or three new clinics this fall after securing designation as a Federally Qualified Health Center.

Published in Nonprofits

Friday, 09 October 2020 15:58

Grand Rapids nonprofit relocating to make room for new city fire station

GRAND RAPIDS — Nonprofit In the Image is in the process of moving locations after the city of Grand Rapids bought its aging building along South Division Avenue to relocate a fire station. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 11 October 2020 15:54

State lawmakers, nonprofits renew push to restore charitable giving tax credits

State lawmakers advanced a pair of bills last month that nonprofit organizations across Michigan say would help restore charitable contributions to community foundations, homeless shelters and food banks.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 27 September 2020 12:42

Kalamazoo expands housing protections, offers loan program for housing, nonprofit, equity projects

KALAMAZOO — The Kalamazoo Community Foundation has added a stronger racial equity analysis to its longtime Impact Investment Loan program.

Published in Nonprofits

Sunday, 27 September 2020 11:40

Equity gets closer look with Grand River restoration project

GRAND RAPIDS — The Grand River has historically divided the city of Grand Rapids in multiple ways, but as redevelopments have ramped up in recent years, leaders of a restoration plan are stressing the importance of making the river accessible to all residents. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 27 September 2020 10:54

Q&A: Keli Christopher Founder, STEM Greenhouse

Keli Christopher founded the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit STEM Greenhouse six years ago to help K-12 students — in particular, children of color — along an academic path more comfortable than she experienced. As the first Black person to receive a Ph.D. in agricultural engineering from the University of Illinois, Christopher endured a challenging and isolated path through higher education. Her mission now is to increase students’ exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the greater Grand Rapids area, where she still sees a diversity gap in STEM education. Earlier this month, Christopher was a featured speaker at the Southeast Grand Rapids Community and Economic Development Conference hosted by the Grand Rapids African-American Community Task Force. In an interview with MiBiz, Christopher discussed inequities in the nonprofit sector as well as the ongoing barriers to engaging more non-white students in STEM education.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 13 September 2020 17:51

GR nonprofits seek land bank properties, state legislation to grow affordable housing stock

GRAND RAPIDS — Local housing nonprofits are beginning to vet dozens of vacant properties made available through the state’s Land Bank Authority in an effort to fill the city’s need for affordable housing.

Sunday, 13 September 2020 12:37

‘Well-intentioned’ eviction moratoriums will likely cause homelessness bottleneck, nonprofit leaders say

Housing nonprofit leaders say the temporary halting of residential evictions issued recently by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a positive short-term move, but could cause a large wave of evictions at the end of the year.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 16:51

Kent County issues $2.3 million in pandemic grants to area nonprofits

Kent County and the Heart of West Michigan United Way have issued more than $2.3 million in pandemic relief grants to area nonprofits while more is on the way.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 08 September 2020 13:44

Steelcase Foundation president announces retirement, organization seeks new leader

The Steelcase Foundation is launching a search for a new president after president Julie Ridenour announced plans to retire at the end of the year.

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