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Jayson Bussa

Jayson Bussa

Staff writer/Web editor

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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.

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.

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.

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.

A new business wants to tap into the agency model to offer more services to expecting mothers and their families.

Of the 242 winners at this year’s Great American Beer Festival in Boulder, Colo. five West Michigan breweries walked away with medals for their beer.

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.

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