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Jane C. Parikh

Jane C. Parikh

Contributing reporter, covers nonprofits and philanthropy
Email: [email protected]

SAUGATUCK — Ken Fischang hopes to do for tourism in Saugatuck what he did during 12 years at the helm of Sonoma County Tourism in California.

Philanthropists in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo give to improve their respective communities, but they go about it in vastly different ways.

GRAND RAPIDS — Based on the success of prior technology workshops, a local nonprofit plans to leverage its partnership with a Detroit-based training firm to support a bootcamp specifically for women.

GRAND RAPIDS — Advocates of the AmeriCorps program are concerned about its fate in the current national political environment.

Philanthropic leaders throughout Michigan are throwing their support behind state legislation to restore tax credits for taxpayers who make charitable donations to nonprofits.

LANSING — Farmers in Michigan are becoming increasingly dependent on guest workers to fill a void left by migrant laborers who are opting out of coming to the state to harvest crops.

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of a fund established three years ago by a same-sex couple from Grand Rapids proves there’s interest in addressing issues the LGBT community faces in West Michigan.

GRAND RAPIDS — The proposal by a small contingent of Evangelical Christian churches to allow tax-exempt organizations to campaign on behalf of political candidates has sent shock waves through the nonprofit industry.

To date, nonprofit leaders have looked skeptically at the concept of compensating board members for their “volunteer” service.

Business as usual has never really been business as usual for nonprofits. Each new presidential administration and the efforts to cultivate that next generation of donors leave very little room for complacency, especially in the financial arena. Keith Hopkins has made a successful career out of assisting nonprofits of all sizes with fundraising campaigns. MiBiz spoke with Hopkins about how nonprofits are dealing with the current environment and what that could mean for their fundraising activities.

The impact of possible budget cuts under the Trump administration is weighing on the minds of most nonprofit leaders in West Michigan, but it’s especially concerning for executives at arts and cultural organizations.

KALAMAZOO — As he focuses on preparations for the 2018 Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, director Dan Gustin has a lot on his mind.

BATTLE CREEK — Over the last year, the Cereal City has experienced its share of bad headlines.

When corporations give to nonprofits, it can show up in many ways, whether on food pantry shelves or in employee-driven projects that improve lives in their communities. But the decisions that go into determining the nonprofits and causes these businesses support often involves a high-level thought process that is increasingly seeking out long-term solutions where companies can drive successful outcomes.

Online giving continues to be the fastest-growing type of fundraising for nonprofits, but the dollars it brings in remain very low compared to more traditional methods.

Rumblings that the Trump administration plans to end the National Endowment for the Arts is cause for concern among many leaders at West Michigan cultural arts nonprofits. 

Cities with professional sports teams have an edge when trying to attract prospective visitors, but Grand Rapids continues to compete successfully without this added advantage.

Growing the region’s economy through sports-focused tourism has paid off for the West Michigan Sports Commission despite the less-than-perfect timing.

Providing opportunities for youth in the urban core and helping under-employed adults to make economic and social progress has driven national acclaim for the West Michigan Center for the Arts and Technology.

Jobseekers in Michigan may want to consider careers in the nonprofit sector.

GRAND RAPIDS — The growth of foundations and an unprecedented transfer of wealth are among trends the nonprofit sector will need to watch in the coming year. 

HOLLAND — Children who attend the Little Hawks Discovery Preschool often get an insider’s view of their environment simply by getting outside. 

HOLLAND — The impact of Kandu Inc.’s closure last year could have been far worse for adults with disabilities in Ottawa County were it not for the opening in October of the Hope Network Development Center.

BATTLE CREEK — Imagine preparing 100 meals and immediately tossing 40 of those into a garbage can.

Paul Knudstrup focuses his consulting work on strategic planning, individual and management team development, succession planning, performance management and personal productivity. Prior to forming MCG, he was executive director of the Fetzer Business Development Center at Western Michigan University. Knudstrup helped form the Oneplace Leadership Academy in Kalamazoo that launched in 2012 and is open to area nonprofits at no cost, thanks to donations from local foundations. He spoke with MiBiz about how nonprofit organizations are tackling leadership challenges.

As many nonprofits have started to prioritize succession planning, higher education institutions in Michigan are providing financial incentives to ensure those organizations have a pipeline of qualified leadership candidates.

KALAMAZOO — As nonprofits struggle to navigate changes in overtime regulations, they may be forced to slow the expansion of new programs and services and put a hold on staff increases.

KALAMAZOO — Of the hundreds of nonprofits in the Kalamazoo area, most of them have tapped into the services offered by ONEplace at one time or another.

GRAND RAPIDS — The majority of people who serve on the boards of nonprofits lack the time to educate themselves about the terminology used in their organization’s financial statements.

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