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Sunday, 16 August 2020 12:57

Museums face key challenges given capacity limits, loss of revenue

Muskegon’s Lakeshore Museum Center had big plans for the 2020 season. 

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Sunday, 02 August 2020 15:17

Fundraising, maintaining morale among challenges for new nonprofit leaders

Sheldon Schwitek is among a number of West Michigan nonprofit executives who found themselves in new leadership positions in the middle of a pandemic.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 19 July 2020 16:54

Hundreds of Michigan nonprofits land ‘critical’ PPP loans

Small businesses were clear benefactors when the federal Paycheck Protection Program was announced in March to help companies recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Sunday, 05 July 2020 10:23

Pandemic clouds outlook after strong year for charitable giving

robust stock market, strong economy and low unemployment rate in 2019 created a trifecta that is credited for the second-best year in recorded history for charitable giving in the United States.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 28 June 2020 21:02

‘Timing was right’ for GR youth housing organizations to merge

Two Grand Rapids youth housing organizations and longtime partners have merged into one organization after years of consideration, aligning with recent consolidation trends among nonprofits.

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Thursday, 25 June 2020 10:57

New GR coffee shop will connect veterans, artists

GRAND RAPIDS — Has Heart, a nonprofit that connects veterans with artists to tell their stories, is building a coffee shop in Veterans Memorial Park.

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Sunday, 21 June 2020 15:32

Philanthropy steps up to help as crisis hits nonprofits hard

The announcement last month that five of the most influential U.S. charitable foundations would be substantially increasing their giving levels was met with gratitude by philanthropic leaders in Southwest Michigan.

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Sunday, 07 June 2020 14:00

Crisis puts spotlight on food issues

One week before schools throughout Michigan were ordered to shut down, leaders with Kids’ Food Basket had already begun to put a plan in place to meet the needs of the children they serve on a daily basis.

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Sunday, 24 May 2020 08:57

Nonprofits hit pause on fundraisers, grapple with loss of revenue

Rescheduled. Postponed. Canceled. These are the words Michigan nonprofits are using frequently these days when talking about the status of fundraisers that are critical to the financial health of their organizations.

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Thursday, 21 May 2020 17:04

COVID-19 Relief Fund grants support 176 arts and cultural organizations

LANSING — The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has awarded Emergency Relief Fund grants to 176 nonprofit arts and cultural organizations around the state. 

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Sunday, 10 May 2020 12:44

Goodwill Industries partners with Keystone Solutions Group to produce face shields

KALAMAZOO — As they deal with the effects the coronavirus pandemic is having on their bottom lines, businesses and organizations are engaging in some in-your-face thinking to generate revenue and keep their employees working.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 26 April 2020 13:49

Holland/Zeeland loan program shows how nonprofits are getting creative during pandemic

Mike Goorhouse isn’t a banker, but the coronavirus pandemic has him thinking like one.

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Friday, 10 April 2020 18:34

Pandemic cools fundraising outlook for Michigan nonprofits

The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic proves how quickly sentiment can change among philanthropic donors. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 12 April 2020 18:32

Federal stimulus funding available as nonprofits face unique business challenges

As the economic effects of the coronavirus deepen, the nonprofit sector faces unique organizational and financial challenges as it seeks relief and recovery.

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Sunday, 29 March 2020 15:30

Stock market volatility could affect philanthropy in years ahead

The amount of money area foundations are able to give away this year won’t change much, if at all, but 2021 could see some level of decreases depending on what happens with the stock market in subsequent quarters.

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Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:00

Shelters face fundraising challenges but stay open, step up safety precautions

While most Americans can self-quarantine against the coronavirus from the comforts of home, the area’s homeless population and domestic violence victims rely on shelters to keep them safe. Many guests and clients have complex needs, compromised immune systems, and chronic mental or physical health issues, making essential services even more critical.  

Published in Nonprofits
Friday, 20 March 2020 12:12

SBA commits to quick action on disaster loans to small businesses, nonprofits

The U.S. Small Business Administration promises to decide as quickly as possible on loan applications from small businesses hurt by the coronavirus and COVID-19 pandemic.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020 05:00

Arts and nonprofit organizations close, reschedule events in wake of coronavirus crisis

During a time when people may need some escapism and laughs the most, the stage is silent. The music has stopped. The curtain has dropped.

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 16:00

Volunteer-powered coalition helps Kent County residents file tax returns

Powered by hundreds of highly trained volunteers, the Kent County Tax Credit Coalition helps working individuals and families in the region receive important refunds during tax season.

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Sunday, 15 March 2020 15:30

Economic, community development officials call for action to raise wages

significant and expanding group of people in Michigan are working but still not bringing home a paycheck big enough to cover their basic expenses. 

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Sunday, 01 March 2020 15:00

Nonprofit programs address barriers to employment in West Michigan

Increasing prosperity and the decade-long economic expansion have provided a record number of jobs in Michigan, yet people who want to work are still facing barriers to employment. 

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 13:00

Report highlights concern over ‘tainted money’ in nonprofit sector

Nonprofits that depend on private donations and often publicly honor major gifts are increasingly finding themselves in ethically complicated spots when donors become embroiled in scandals.

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 16:05

More West Michigan nonprofits consolidate to drive efficiencies

A flood of mergers has hit the West Michigan nonprofit sector in recent months and the trend is expected to continue as more organizations of all sizes seek efficiencies through consolidation. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:01

Nonprofits take leading role in community outreach for 2020 Census

As concerns over privacy and misinformation mount, federal and state officials are preparing for the 2020 Census by using nonprofits to collect an accurate count of the nation’s residents. 

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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 13:36

Heartside Ministry, Mel Trotter Ministries announce merger

GRAND RAPIDS — Heartside Ministry and Mel Trotter Ministries, two nonprofits with missions concerning housing and homelessness, formally merged as of Jan. 1. 

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:02

Strained by a graying population, nonprofits focused on senior care seek out funding

GRAND RAPIDS — Within the last two to three years, Keith Hopkins has been receiving more calls from organizations seeking his fundraising expertise with projects to address the growing and varied needs of senior citizens.

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 17:41

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lower West Michigan to merge with Indiana nonprofit

NILES — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lower West Michigan is merging with South Bend, Ind.-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, effective Jan. 1. 

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Friday, 20 December 2019 09:58

Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to become part of Mary Free Bed

GRAND RAPIDS — The Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired will become an independent subsidiary of Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital on Jan. 1.

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Sunday, 22 December 2019 15:56

Muskegon Museum of Art director: Generational differences require nonprofits to shift tactics

Like many cultural arts nonprofits, the Muskegon Museum of Art has been experimenting with ways to engage new audience members, especially younger people. For instance, that’s led to the museum holding events focused on craft beer or a particular type of imagery popular with that demographic, said Executive Director Kirk Hallman. However, those events are just the tip of the iceberg in reaching and getting donations from the next generation of donors. 

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:54

Veteran fundraiser sees strong momentum for nonprofits in 2020

Despite all the distraction and noise around the 2020 election, veteran fundraiser Keith Hopkins does not think the cycle will have any effect on giving. Even so, he’s monitoring what’s going on in the economy and how the massive transfer of wealth could change what West Michigan nonprofits will need to do to attract the next generation of donors. 

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