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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.

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Despite its humble beginnings in 1985 as a food closet to feed hungry neighbors at John Knox Presbyterian Church, The Pantry has evolved into a standalone organization that moved 750,000 pounds of food last year. Michael Merren, The Pantry’s executive director for the last four years, is one individual that has helped usher in the new era for the Kentwood-based food pantry.

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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.

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