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Jane C. Simons

Jane C. Simons

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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.

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.

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