Strengthening Nonprofit Governance & Management
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Somebody Say Something!  -  by Regina Funkhouser


The Best Time to Think About This is Right Now!


Brace yourself: You won’t be where you are forever. 

Things will change. You may get fired. You will retire.You may be offered a better position somewhere else. If you buy lottery tickets, you could become a millionaire and not have to work. You may get sick.

If you spend a few minutes and think about how your organization will react to your absence, you will begin to recognize the value of succession planning. Of course your organization can survive while you go on vacation – but what about longer? Those that are left behind and are trying to find where you store your passwords, what projects you were working on, tie up the loose ends and figure out what meetings need to be kept or cancelled.


In many organizations, the Executive Director IS the organization. The ED is the revenue generator. Not only does the ED do programming, but is the grant writer, the one who opens the door in the morning and empties the trash at night. I just had an ED in my office who... continue reading




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


This month's topic:
Protect Donor Confidence


I think it is human nature…I don’t know anyone who welcomes change with open arms. Whether it is for the best, unexpected, or planned for; change can be unsettling. Regardless of the reason, we sometimes feel that it is best to cover it up, pretend nothing unusual is happening and hope that it all blows over.


When it comes to change in your nonprofit organization I strongly advise against the “it will all blow over” course of action. There is too much at stake – donors, funders, and the population you serve. A lack of communication may provoke some uneasiness among these key stakeholders. And, put funding at risk.

Whether you are dealing with a change in leadership, loss of facility or some other hardship, in the process of sorting through the chaos, don’t let your board forget the most critical element of transition and change: communication. The human reaction will be to... Read More


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!




MNA and Nonprofit Network Partner in Offering Workshop Training Series

Workshops on fundraising, basic board responsibilities, grant writing, human resource issues, public policy and information technology will be offered in partnership with MNA. There will be 6 training sessions in all. Each training is $40/person. Lunch may be purchased for an additional $8, or participants may bring their own.


The first three sessions are:

  • May 16, 2012, 9am-1pm
    Show Me The Money! The essentials of developing and implementing a successful fundraising plan.
  • July 18, 2012, 9am-1pm
    Building an Engaged and Effective Board
    The essentials of board governance and tools for recruiting the right board member.
  • September 19, 2012, 9am-1pm
    Make Your Grant Application A Winner!

To reserve your place Click Here


Please Note: All trainings will be held at Nonprofit Center at the Armory, 330 Marshall Street, Lansing, MI 48912


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Member Offer

MicroTek Scanmaker 5900 & Software



Interested members in good standing, send an email to by May 18th to be placed in the drawing for this item. The lucky organization will be selected and notified on May 21


Too Much is Never Enough!


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:



Community A.M.E. Church

House of New Beginnings

Brad Whaley

Rainbow Heights Club, Brooklyn, NY

Lori Gordon - Consultant

Eileen Lehnert - Consultant

H.O.P.E. Helping Owners with Pet Expenses

Jackson Audubon Society

Southeastern Dispute Resolution Services

Eaton Community Palliative Care

Kara Dominique

Lenawee Great Start

SIREN / Eaton Shelter

Women's Center of Greater Lansing

Coaching for Life

Michigan State Auctioneers Association

The Hive at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson

Alzheimer's Assoc. MI Great Lakes Chapter

Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee


Greater Foothills Helping Hands, Faith in Action

Jackson County Recovery Court

Linked Hearts Volunteers - Ghana

Michael Ivers


Upcoming events

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
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 8:30 AM • LifeWays CMH, 1200 N West Ave, Jackson MI 49202
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 9:00 AM • Baker College of Jackson Welcome Center Room 1024, 2800 Springport Rd, Jackson, MI 49202


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If you've found yourself asking this question? Then keep reading! QR codes (short for "Quick Response" codes) actually had their start in the auto industry!


You will want to READ MORE (wait for the link to finish downloading - it's worth it!) and find out HOW TO GET YOUR OWN, use it to market your next event, fundraiser, and even get people to donate online!


You've Got Mail!



Be checking your mail between now and the first of June for the arrival of your very own Nonprofit Network Member Handbook. Current members and those who have recently joined will find helpful info in this hands-on book for the scoop on everything your membership includes! Look for additional perks inside!

We love our members and want to make sure you are utilizing all the services that are available to you and your organization!



New! Webinars On-Demand

Have Been Added!



Watch the latest webinar - This Board's for You!

You'll find it under the Training tab from our main menu, then select the Webinar option. From here, you will the choices of webinrs available. Check back often, new ones will become available regularly!


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Books are available for purchase through the

Nonprofit Network's Amazon Book Store,

or can be checked out at the Jackson District Library,

244 West Michigan Avenue, Jackson.

See the Reading List!




Leadership Book Club - May 24, 2012


Zingerman's Guide to Giving Great Service by Ari Weinzweig


Some of Zingerman's time-tested principles:

  • Customers who get a great product but poor service won't be as loyal as those who are disappointed with a product but get great service.
  • You'll get more complaints if people believe you care enough to listen to them. And that's a good thing.
  • Employees who are rewarded, respected, and well cared for treat customers the same way.

Books are available for checkout - many in ebook formats! Or purchase one from our online bookstore:

Bring a sack lunch or order one and we will have it waiting for you! There is no charge for attending this event


The Carnegie branch of the Jackson Public Library has offered to host the monthly meetings and also has the technology to help us offer the podcast.

Join us for the discussion on May 24, 2012! We will begin at noon in the Carniegie Auditorium. Click here to register.



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 Form. Simply 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:


$cholarships 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.


Member Benefit Update Coming April 2012

Funders That Support 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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