KALAMAZOO — When anonymous donors in Kalamazoo committed millions of dollars to local schoolchildren, the city cemented itself as the “education community.”
LANSING — Donna Murray-Brown brings a big heart and a head for business to her new role as president and chief executive officer of the Michigan Nonprofit Association.
KALAMAZOO — A five-minute presentation in front of 142 women on a recent Sunday evening garnered $14,200 for Kalamazoo’s Warm Kids program.
KALAMAZOO — On the surface, a report issued last month by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette makes professional fundraisers look like they pocket a majority of the funds they raise for nonprofits.
While Amway’s culture is built off its founding principles of freedom, family, hope and reward, it’s also added another focus, at least on its charitable giving side: children.
Trade associations and nonprofit organizations may be the next casualties of a new world economy focused on greater worker productivity and greater reliance on the Internet.
GRAND RAPIDS — $40 trillion could do a lot of good for the world.
The more recognizable names in West Michigan make up just a small portion of what is considered philanthropy, said Dr. James Edwards, executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
In creating successful fundraising events, it’s about who you know.
St. Cecilia Music Center executive director Cathy Holbrook inked a three-year partnership with the New York City-based Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Under the agreement, award-winning chamber musicians will serve as artistic directors for a new music series.
With decorated trees and holiday music blasting out of radios everywhere, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. But during this season of giving Michigan nonprofits are worrying they’ll end up with coal in their stockings yet again.
Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital now has a philanthropic arm that plans to begin soliciting potential benefactors for donations.
A Lansing-based organization that works with children going through grief wants to form new partnerships as it expands into Grand Rapids.
In an era of instantaneous communications and messages of 140-characters-or-less, personal, sincere letters sent via direct mail continue to be a powerful tool for nonprofits, who use them to let donors know how they are impacting the cause they care for, to nurture their relationship with donors, and to ask for donations.
The Literacy Center of West Michigan says that it is crucial to not only have employees trained in “hard skills,” but also in soft skills such as communication and punctuality that keep a company running smoothly.
Focus on individual donors, top-executive leadership, and “big, hairy, audacious goals.”