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When it comes to communicating with donors, Marcie Hillary stresses the importance of simply staying silent.

Bolstered by stable growth and strong support from government agencies, Michigan nonprofits look ahead to forging new partnerships to address the state’s unique set of challenges.

As one of the youngest sectors around, nonprofits are still learning how to balance competition and collaboration on all fronts.

When it comes to statewide budgeting, arts and cultural organizations often are considered a luxury and not a necessity.

GRAND RAPIDS — With development transforming the west side of Grand Rapids, organizations across the city are working together to combat the displacement of existing residents and protect affordable housing. 

Lifting what essentially proved to be a chokehold on charitable giving remains one of the primary policy issues that statewide nonprofit executives will focus on in 2016.

KALAMAZOO — When a violent tragedy struck downtown Kalamazoo in late February, local nonprofits reacted swiftly to channel corporate and individual donations to the appropriate needs. 

Last month, the fund announced that it had awarded $8.5 million, disbursed via 29 community foundations across Michigan. Of that money, just shy of $2 million landed in West Michigan, earmarked for initiatives that were outlined in each respective foundation’s grant proposal.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation is fortifying an effort that allows nonprofit and for-profit organizations to tap into the institutional knowledge of retirement-age individuals.

Our LGBT Fund hit a milestone to close out 2015 when it announced its first grant of $20,000 to a collaborative program involving Arbor Circle and the Lesbian Gay Community Network of West Michigan (The Network).

A group of Grand Rapids women who pooled their funds to make a collective charitable donation last year hope to build off the success of their initial event and make more lasting impacts in the community.

Foundations can become lost in red tape when it comes to investing in certain for-profits or nonprofit entities that support their missions, but new federal legislation aims to help cut through that bureaucracy. The federal Philanthropic Facilitation Act, co-sponsored by Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., would streamline the process for foundations to make investments in businesses or nonprofits involved in activities that align with their missions.

Identifying sources of best practices and talent — and then cultivating that talent — are two key steps in creating an innovative, entrepreneurial nonprofit organization. That’s according to a panel of West Michigan nonprofit executives who gathered on Thursday at the Studio D2D Event Center in Grand Rapids for the 2015 MiBiz Best-Managed Nonprofits Awards, presented in cooperation with Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Having a genuine passion for the organization’s mission serves as a prerequisite for becoming the executive director of any nonprofit. For an example of that passion in action, one needn’t look beyond Vera Beech.

As an organization with an all-volunteer board and one part-time staff member, The Family Hope Foundation Inc. knows how to make the best of its limited resources. Despite its small size, the Grand Rapids-based nonprofit, which offers therapy scholarships to special needs children, serves more than 105 families per year.

Longevity tends to be a double-edged sword. Just ask Cathy Holbrook, executive director of the 132-year-old St. Cecilia Music Center, located in downtown Grand Rapids. “While that history is amazingly wonderful and beneficial and we’re certainly proud of it, at the same time, you have to stay relevant,” Holbrook said.

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