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Despite a drop in statewide unemployment to its lowest level since 2002, nonprofit organizations that provide food assistance to families have seen an increase in demand.

A month and a half into the new year, Kalamazoo Community Foundation is focused on executing on its plan to find ways to partner with local nonprofits to help the community reach its full potential.

After years of working together, two Grand Rapids-based child-focused nonprofit organizations have decided to merge their operations.

Gina Schulz recently took on duties as vice president of development at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. She came to the organization with more than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit field. Previously, she held positions as the director of the West Michigan region for the American Diabetes Association and director of development at March of Dimes West Michigan.

After 11 years of operating as a nonprofit, the board of directors at the Battle Creek-based Educators’ Task Force decided recently to disband the organization.

Across the board, nonprofits have a key concern that mirrors what keeps their for-profit colleagues up at night: sourcing high quality talent.

When two Grand Rapids authors set out to celebrate the work of nonprofits across West Michigan, naturally, they decided to do it in book form.

The West Michigan economy thrives on the symbiotic relationship of the region’s for-profit corporations and nonprofit organizations — and, one might argue, the public sector.

At countless family holiday gatherings, the classic family division takes shape. The adults sit at one table while the youngsters are relegated to their own setting.

On his first day as executive director at the nonprofit Outdoor Discovery Center, Travis Williams didn’t have a desk, chair or working phone.

There is no shortage of nonprofit organizations working to decrease poverty, improve educational attainment and help families in disadvantaged communities.

When Kids’ Food Basket wanted to find a way to include fresh fruits and vegetables in the sack lunches it serves to 6,400 children around West Michigan every weekday, it turned to the power of social media for help.

Birgit Klohs’ career has been full of many firsts.

If you take a close look at national homeless youth statistics, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth are one of the biggest groups at risk.

This year, the Frey Foundation celebrates its 40th anniversary, as well as more than $125 million invested throughout Michigan. Over those four decades, the foundation has provided grants to West Michigan and Northern Michigan nonprofits, including Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Grand Rapids Whitewater Inc. and many others.

When nonprofits need to find ways to work more efficiently and effectively, the answer could be as simple as tapping into the organization’s board of directors for advice or direction.

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