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An apparent disinterest in interacting with neighbors, voting or charitable giving aren’t exactly positive traits of a future civic leader, but it’s true for Michigan’s next crop. The recently released 2015 Michigan Civic Health Index highlighted the vastly different civic profiles of millennials and the “silent” generation, outlining how those differences can be addressed to promote a greater civic health in the state.

The chore of manually following up with each person who adopted a dog was becoming cumbersome for the Humane Society’s staff. Moreover, the organization couldn’t even execute on that crucial step for clients who adopted cats. As a result, the organization automated the process with technology it accessed free of charge as part of Grand Rapids GiveCamp.

KALAMAZOO — After seven years operating as one of the marquee programs for a Kalamazoo-based nonprofit organization, the Can-Do Kitchen is poised to establish itself as its own 501(c)(3).

Despite solid growth over the last two decades, the staff and board of trustees for the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area came to the realization that they were bolstering only one side of what was supposed to be a two-pronged mission for the organization.

The merger of local nonprofits Camp Fire West Michigan and Kent Regional 4C provides a strategic opportunity for both organizations, one not necessarily driven by finances.

As the west side of Grand Rapids undergoes significant transition with a variety of development projects, one group of organizations is working to ensure the changes will benefit local residents rather than displace them.

KALAMAZOO — A new survey commissioned by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation  sheds light on the most pressing social issues within the county and the charitable giving habits of its residents.

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan Therapy Dogs Inc. is a nonprofit organization that is about as grassroots as it gets.

GRAND RAPIDS — To launch its new bike-sharing service, Spokefly GR turned to a local nonprofit for help.

While some nonprofit organizations are able to start small with nothing more than a mission and perhaps some minimal office space, that was not a viable option for Children’s Healing Center. Poised to become the nation’s first year-round recreational center for children with weak immune systems, the Grand Rapids-based organization needed about five years and significant help from the community and the private sector to finally solidify what had been an ever-changing grand opening date.

Nonprofits throughout the state of Michigan are losing out on the benefits that can come from having people on their boards of directors who are experienced in public relations.

When guests visit The Pantry in Grand Rapids, their experience is not completely unlike the one that most people have when they go to their neighborhood grocery stores to refill on household essentials.

The Grand Rapids Community Foundation beat its initial $32 million goal for the first phase of a scholarship endowment fund, the organization announced last month.

The last couple of months have brought with them significant changes to the executive offices of many key players in West Michigan’s nonprofit sector.

Scott VanderKooy is a nonprofit director who leads with the mindset of an entrepreneurial for-profit executive.

There are no true days off for Chris Cameron, who remains on-call 24 hours a day prepared to do her part to fight crime in Kent County.

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