A growing group of Michigan residents are working but not bringing home a paycheck big enough to cover their basic expenses, according to a new study by the Michigan Association of United Ways. The ALICE research project, which released new data last week, found that 14 percent of Michigan’s population lives below the federal poverty level. Another 29 percent are “asset-limited, income-constrained, employed” (ALICE), a measure of the so-called working poor who earn more than the federal poverty level but less than the cost of living.
With more limited resources compared to for-profit businesses but an equal need for talent, nonprofits must turn to other incentives for attracting and retaining qualified, passionate people.
While a recent report shows that charitable giving is on the rise nationwide, the trend is far more complex on the local level in West Michigan.
Volunteers are becoming more valuable every year as fewer people offer their time and a growing share of the workforce brings otherwise costly skillsets to the nonprofits they serve.
Michelle Van Dyke transitioned from a career in banking to become president and CEO of the Heart of West Michigan United Way in Grand Rapids at a time when nonprofit organizations need to adjust to how a younger generation contributes to causes.