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Join us March 27, 2012



Somebody Say Something!  -  by Regina Funkhouser


"Dare To Be Adequate"


Kim Klein, the national fundraising speaker, Nonprofit Network brought in for an all day conference, said this in the middle of her presentation.


She prefaced it by saying “I’m going to tell you something life changing...”

“It’s the most important thing I will say all day,” she said.

And she went to the flip chart and wrote:  Dare to be adequate


Her message was simple – nothing is ever perfect and if that is your bar, you won’t ever get anything done.  Her context was around fundraising – doing your first face to face ask for that big gift.  If you are going to wait until it’s not scary anymore, until you are sure the words will roll off your tongue to form a sweet solicitation serenade – you won’t ever do it.

It applies to more than just fundraising.  It applies to that list of policies we need to develop, that board recruitment plan, staff evaluations, strategic planning…. Whatever is on your list of things to avoid. Read More



Don't Get Buried in Grant's Tomb - Pansophy for Nonprofits by Diane


Get your grant writing questions answered here! Diane McDonald, Education & Training Director, will be fielding the tough questions you've been asking. Share your grant writing struggles and successes with us and each month she will post your comments, suggestions, or answer your questions on how NOT to get buried in grant’s tomb!


This month's topic:
Matchmaker, Matchmaker

We often make observations about the couples we know, saying things like Oh they’re the perfect match or How
did they get together?, that’s not the good match at all.

Well the same can be said of finding the right funder. It’s not usually love at first sight. You have to know what you’re looking for and what they have to offer before you can say, we’re a perfect match. You can’t expect your future spouse to change who they are to make you happy, nor should you have to change for them.


Next month, at the Grant Writing and Funders Symposium on March 27th at Baker College Jackson Campus, you may have the opportunity to find your perfect match. It will be a productive day; you will learn from experienced grant writers and foundation representatives, and seek advice from consultants regarding your grant writing issues and concerns. Speed Dating will be the highlight of the day!


More than 11 funders will be available to receive you with open arms! But, before you go, do your research!  Spend some time with Cupid, and look for that match made in heaven!  Find out how!


Spring Grantwriters & Funders Symposium


March 27, 2012

Spaces are filling up – Capacity is Limited - Sign up Now!


Click Here to Register!

Currently Scheduled Funders:


  • Bill and Vi Sigmund Foundation
  • Speckhard Knight Foundation
  • Consumers Energy Foundation
  • Weatherwax Foundation
  • Hillsdale Community Foundation
  • United Way of Jackson County
  • Lenawee United Way
  • Jackson Community Foundation
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities
  • Carls Foundation
Curb-Side Consultants: 
  • Dana Emerson, Grant & Scholarship Coordinator - Jackson Community Foundation
  • Mathew Downey, Program Director - Johnson Center for Philanthropy, GVSU
  • Regina Funkhouser, Executive Director - Nonprofit Network
  • Diane McDonald, Education and Training Director - Nonprofit Network
  • Jane Robinson, Development Coordinator - Center for Family Health
  • Demarra Gardner, Consultant, Owner - Change Agent Consulting (CAC)
  • Rebecca Mehall - Consultant 


Sign up for your 20 minute appointment with an experienced grant
writer. Come prepared with a draft of your application, in hand, or
program and project ideas you would like to discuss.
Discuss topics
such as: grant budgets, writing style, cover letters, research guidance,
funder relationships, grant evaluation, etc.














































Toyota Announces Return of
‘100 Cars for Good’
Program for 2012

Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Toyota announced the return of its “100 Cars for Good” program.  Building on the success and popularity of the program in its inaugural year, Toyota will again award 100 vehicles over the course of 100 days to 100 deserving nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public through the 100 Cars for Good tab on the Toyota Facebook page.

The official announcement was made by Michael Rouse, vice president of philanthropy and community affairs for Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., accompanied by some of the recipients of last year’s 100 Cars for Good program. 

“At Toyota, we appreciate what a big difference a new car can make for organizations working to improve lives and strengthen communities across the country, and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to lend a hand,” said Rouse. “Over the last 20 years, Toyota has contributed more than half a billion dollars to nonprofits throughout the U.S.  100 Cars for Good allows us to build on that commitment in important, new ways by making the public an integral part of these efforts and harnessing the power of social media to expand awareness and galvanize support for organizations that are having such a tremendous impact in neighborhoods nationwide.”

Registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations can apply online through Toyota’s Facebook page at , starting on March 12, 2012, for a chance to win one of six Toyota vehicles, including the Camry Hybrid, Highlander, Prius v, Sienna minivan, Sienna Mobility or Tundra full-sized pickup truck.  Voting will start May 14. 

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Receiving Out of State Donations?



Have you received a donation check from someone in another state? Are you a registered nonprofit in that state?

Ok, so let’s start off by saying the majority of nonprofits, especially small and medium ones, are not in compliance with this requirement. But, you should be aware that if your nonprofit organization requests donations (meaning you have a "Donate Now" button on your website) and have received a  donation from residents of any one of the 40 states, that require nonprofits to register in order to solicit contributions, you should be thinking about registering in that state. In the past, nonprofits may have been able to get by while letting these requirements slide, but the IRS and state governments are cracking down. Chances are your nonprofit will be affected by these registration rules, since they're on the books in every state except Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, and Wyoming.


Subject to some important exceptions that you should know about, all states other than the 11 identified above require nonprofits that solicit contributions from state residents to register with a state agency. Solicitations can include any type of requests for donations by mail, phone, advertisement, email, or Internet, regardless of whether your nonprofit actually receives any donations.  Efforts are being made to make this process easier, one being this kit. 


URS for Nonprofits


You Can't Get Enough
of a Good Thing!


Welcome to our new members and to all our member renewals, those who attend workshops,
and participate in networking activities - Thank You!


Organizations and individuals who have joined
Nonprofit Network in 2012:


Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee

Greater Foothills Helping Hands, Faith in Action

Jackson County Recovery Court

Linked Hearts Volunteers - Ghana

Michael Ivers


 Member Benefit Update
Coming in April 2012


Scholarships Available

Checking out a workshop or event that you'd
like to attend? Beginning March 1st, member organizations will be able to apply for $25 scholarships to use towards workshops and training opportunities. This donation will give training opportunities to 40 organizations that may not otherwise be able to participate.

A brief request form must be completed.


Valued Volunteers



Connect with volunteers who share the same passion for your cause and partnership with them to bring about change for the common good!

Check out this ebook "The New Volunteer Manager: The First 90 Days - 21 Big Picture
Tips to Rock Your Volunteer Program"


Download your FREE e-book!



Members Only Drawing

Email by
February 17, to enter your organization
in a drawing for this HP OfficeJet

Includes some extra ink cartridges.
The winning organization will be contacted

via email.


"A Dynamic Person!"


For those of you who joined us for the day listening to Kim Klein, the above statement certainly rings true. As an engaging speaker and presenter, Kim held the attention of over 90 attendees as she taught, enlightened, and inspired us at the "All Weather Fundraising" conference. 



Here's what attendees are saying about the day with Kim Klein:


  • She is a dynamic person. I can see why you brought her in. I certainly learned a lot and will into practice.
  • Kim is a very realistic and a great motivator. The food was great too! All of you did were more than ADEQUATE!  
  • Thank you to you and your team for putting on such a meaningful and helpful event, great job. Nonprofit Network is making a huge impact on the nonprofit sector.

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Community Events - Announcements - Job Postings


This member benefit is just another way for us to serve you better! Don't forget to begin using the Email Blast Request FormSimply submit your
information by Friday of any given week, the announcement will go out the following week and ensure timely distribution in our email blast.

The form should be filled out completely and submitted by email to:

Leadership Book Club


The next book off the shelf will be: "Getting Naked: A Business Fable About Shedding The Three Fears That Sabotage Client Loyalty"

(J-B Lencioni Series). The Carnegie branch of the Jackson Public Library has offered to host the monthly meetings and also has the technology to

do a podcast. Join us for the discussion on February 23, 2012 on your calendar! We will begin at noon in the Carniegie Auditorium.

Click here to register.



Funders That Have Supported Our Work

United Way of Jackson County
James A and Faith Knight Foundation
The Hurst Foundation
Weatherwax Foundation
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Consumers Energy Company
Dorothy Blakely Foundation
South Central Credit Union
Bill & Vi Sigmond Foundation
CP Federal Credit Union
Allegiance Health Foundation
Jackson Community Foundation

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