In this issue... (click to jump)
Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:00 AM • Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties?
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 9:00 AM • Baker College of Jackson Welcome Center Room 1024, 2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI 49202
Thursday, March 27, 2014 8:00 AM • United Way Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:00 AM • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B 536 N. Jackson, Jackson MI 49201
|Advocacy Training - Webinar
MNA is offering a webinar: How & Why Nonprofits Should Advocate on April 6.
What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying? How much can your nonprofit lobby? Get answers to these questions and learn more about:
-Messaging and Framing
-Tools and Tactics
-Meeting with an Elected Official
-Resources available for you
To register or get additional information, click here.
|Welcome New Board Members
Please welcome new board members, Mike Shore and Shelly Hendrick.
Mike Shore, retired from Consumers Energy, has served on many boards as well as teaches our Board Chair workshop. Shelly Hendrick is one of our founders and served as the first Executive Director from 1999 - 2003. She is currently the Executive Director of the American Red Cross, South Central Michigan
Shari Smith-Walters, CP Federal Credit Union
Cheryl Pezon, Curtis & Curtis
Vice-Chair, Chair Elect
Judy Jove, Family Service and Children’s Aid
Terri Papiersky, South Central Credit Union
Lesia Pikaart, Michigan Prisoner Reentry
Immediate Past Chair
Tim Bair, Voice Data Network
Mindy Bradish-Orta, Jackson Chamber of Commerce
Karen Coffman, Jackson County
Ted Hilleary, Retired – Consumers
Suzy Turpel, Allegiance Health
|Alternatives to Strategic Planning
If you haven't found Blue Avacado yet, you should. It's a great resource, "practical, provocative and fun food-for-thought for nonprofits."
Here is a great article on Strategic Planning
Strategic planning -- when done appropriately for your organization -- can be exactly the right tool for the job. But, too often, strategic planning is undertaken for reasons that would be better served by other methods: engaging the board, getting everyone on the same page, getting buy-in from stakeholders, and so forth. And sometimes when boards are unhappy with their executive director, a strategic planning effort is the one thing they both can agree on.
Different processes are better for different types of decisions and challenges. Here are some tips to strengthen any process as well as some specific alternative planning processes.
For the rest of the article, click here.
|Thank you to the Foundations that have Supported our Work this Year!
Jackson Community Foundation
United Way of Jackson County
James A. & Faith Knight Foundation
The Hurst Foundation
Consumers Energy Foundation
Dawn Foods Foundation
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Bill and Vi Sigmund Foundation