Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Management
 536 N.Jackson Street,  Jackson, Michigan 49201

                                                                                                           June 2011

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Upcoming Workshops

Wednesday, January 01, 2014 12:00 AM • Does every member of your board understand their legal obligations, basic responsibilities, and duties?
Thursday, May 01, 2014 8:00 AM • Cascades Manor House, 1970 Kibby Road, Jackson, MI 49203
Tuesday, May 06, 2014 8:00 AM • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St, Jackson MI 49201
Thursday, May 08, 2014 9:00 AM • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B 536 N. Jackson, Jackson MI 49201

Welcome New Members

Wow! We have welcomed more than **30** new members so far this year!


Welcome - and to all of our members who continue to renew, attend workshops, and participate in networking activities - thank you!


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Common Mistakes Made by Grant Applicants

The best way to get a grant is to contact the grant maker directly, tailor your application to the grant you’re seeking, and not overpromise results or exaggerate your abilities. Those are some of the tips from the grant makers and consultants The Chronicle interviewed at this year’s annual meeting of the Council on Foundations in Philadelphia. Even organizations hand-picked to compete for a grant can fall victim to those mistakes, says one foundation staff member.

What common mistakes do you see on grant applications? Click on the link below to hear what the experts say.

Common Mistakes

List of Charities Revoked Designations

There has been lots of press about the list of Charities that have had their designations revoked.  You can see the official IRS announcement here and the list of Michigan Charties here. 

Do you use Quicken?

Cindy  Carlson from Jackson Area Catholic Schools does - and she needs help! She's having trouble with the program and running reports and is hoping someone might be able to help her. If you use Quicken - please email her at cindy

Funders that have Supported our Work this Year!


United Way of Jackson County
The Hurst Foundation
Weatherwax Foundation
Michigan Nonprofit Association

Keeping your Glass Full, Your Shelves Stocked, Your Motor Running...

I love my job - you know I do.  I get a rush out of the littlest things: a new member, doing a presentation, literally seeing the lightbulb go off in someone's head or even updating my scoreboard. 

But, some days, I need a push. I am lucky - rarely do I wake up and say "I don't want to go in to work today".  But it happens. I get frustrated. Things take too long - or an idea I had flops when I was sure it wouldn't. Or, I work with an organization and I can't seem to help them "fix" it. And I feel my "sails deflate". 

I don't need much to keep "my glass full". I truly enjoy the company of smart people who encourage me to stretch my thoughts and my perspective.  And I work in an environment where convening is included in my job description.

So last week when I was feeling like my motor wasn't running at full speed, I knew I needed to be fed and was hungry for the opportunity to be in the company of people with new ideas.  And I asked you all - Do You Need to Be Fed too? 

And more than 50 of you said Yes!

As a result, we will be launching our new Executive Leadership Book Club in July.  We are designing a user friendly, come when you can, in person or via the net opportunity to exchange ideas.

Our first book will be "Crucial Conversations".  Look for an announcement soon! 

Public Policy Update

Federal Charitable Deductions Are At Risk of Being Eliminated
With the increased focus on deficit reduction in Washington, emerging threats to the charitable deduction are becoming more pronounced. Independent Sector has created a one-pager that provides more information on the importance of these deductions.

Visit for more information.

Michigan Budget Impacts

Wondering if a state funding will be cut for your program? This website might shed some light, especially for Programs that effect children's funding, like education, Great Start, human services and community health.

Budget Basics - Voices for Michigan's Children

Our Fall Conference SAVE THE DATE!!  Friday, November 4th

We are thrilled with how the lineup is coming along for our fall conference.  The following speakers have already been confirmed:

  • David Near, Near Consulting Group - Taking your Board to the Next Level
  • Dan Robin, Nonprofit Enterprise at Work - Recruitment and Onboarding for an Engaged Board
  • Diana Kern, Nonprofit Enterprise at Work - How to Engage your Board in Fundraising
  • Jerry Pinney, Jerry Pinney & Associates - The Art of Leadership and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • Donna Mullins, Michigan Department of Human Services - Avoiding Communication Potholes
  • Georgeann Herbert, Detroit Public TV - Storytelling
  • Tamela Spicer, Consultant - Growing Exceptional Events
  • Phil Wezenski, Toy House & Baby Too - Staff and Board Meetings that Everyone Wants to Attend
  • Allison Treppa, Michigan Nonprofit Association - Creating a Communication Plan
  • Dennis Dupre, Detroit Executive Service Corps - Nonprofit Finance and Oversight
  • Liz Raduazzo, Jackson County ISD - Grantwriting

And we aren't done yet! Look for registration information to be available soon!


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