Nonprofits

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.

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Galas and golf outings may find themselves on the way out as nonprofits test the waters with more experiential activities to engage a larger audience.

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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.

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Zoos and nature centers across West Michigan are constructing new facilities this year thanks to strong support from individual donors and contributions from foundations. 

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

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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.

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

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

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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