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

November 2011

In this issue... (click to jump)

Don't Forget to visit us here:


Is Jerry Sandusky on your next Board Meeting Agenda?

If he isn’t, he should be. Every single Board should be asking themselves “How can we prevent that from
happening here?” And by that, I mean avoiding the difficult and uncomfortable conversations – whatever
they may be - that ensure good governance. 

We have all been horrified by the stories about...Click Here to 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 question:
How do I set my application apart from all the rest?”

A valid question - as competition soars for limited
resources. Fortunately, there are several things you
may do to ensure your application gets that second look!
The tips below don't guarantee funding however; they
will help keep your application in the game.

The Nonprofit
Starvation Cycle

A vicious cycle is leaving nonprofits so hungry for decent infrastructure that they can barely function as organizations, let alone serve their beneficiaries. The cycle starts with funders’ unrealistic expectations about how much running a nonprofit costs, and results in nonprofits’ misrepresenting their costs while skimping on vital systems - acts that feed funders’ skewed beliefs. To break the nonprofit starvation cycle, funders' must take the lead.

Limit Charitable Deductions - Poor Will Pay
The Census Bureau recently reported that 46.2 million Americans are living in poverty, this at a time when the unemployment rate hovers around 9%. Decreasing the capacity of charities to provide services is the wrong thing to do. Our nation's most vulnerable families need more help, not less.



You Can't Get Enough
of a Good Thing!

Wow! More than **75** new organizations and individuals have joined Nonprofit Network this year! Welcome - and to all our members who continue to renew, attend workshops, and participate in networking activities - Thank You!

Recent New Members:

  • Jackson County Recovery Court
  • Jackson Small Business Support Center
  • Newell Turple
  • Salsa Labs, Inc., Wash. D.C.
  • CLC Unlimited, LLC
  • Michigan Now Radio & TV
  • Practical Wisdom Consulting
  • Ron Asheton Foundation
  • Rosa Morales
  • Deborah Nagy
  • Lassen Co. Fire Safety
    Council, Inc.
  • Mastermind Consulting
  • Barry Malek
  • Pete May - Real Life Ministries
  • Jackson Area Music Coalition
  • Forks Senior Center
  • Mark Baker, Individual Member
  • Demarra Gardner, Consultant
  • Sisters in Ministry
  • Great Lakes Burn Camp
  • Cascades Inc., Civil War Muster
  • Jackson County DHS
  • Prepaid Legal Services
  • Grace Tutoring
  • Sharon Pederson, Consultant
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Lutheran Social Services

Email Blasts for
Your PSA's

As a member benefit, we offer the service of sending your event
or job opening announcements
to our extended list of member
and contacts.

To help serve you better in
this, we ask that you begin using
Email Blast Request Form.
If you 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.

Please fill this form out completely
and submit by email to:

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All Weather Fundraising Conference & Upcoming Workshops

February 7, 2012
Kim Klein is one of Nonprofit Network's
favorite fundraising guru's - and we're
bringing her to Jackson!

Save the Date!

Members who attended our 2011 Fall Conference can click to register for only $40

Kim will provide a full day workshop titled "All Weather Fundraising".
You will receive a copy of her book, meals and great information.
Click Here for More Info!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:00 AM • United Way of Jackson Conference Room A/B 536 N. Jackson, Jackson MI 49201
Thursday, April 24, 2014 8:00 AM • United Way Conference Room A/B, 536 N. Jackson St., Jackson, MI 49201
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
















Leadership Book Club

You may begin reading now! The Carnegie branch of the Jackson Public Library has offered to host the monthly
meetings and also has the technology to do a podcast. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to
participate in discussion via
blog. Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High,
Kerry Patterson (Author), Joseph Grenny (Author), Ron McMillan (Author), Al Switzler (Author),
Stephen R. Covey
, is the next book off the shelf.

Join us for the discussion! Put November 29, 2011 on your calendar! We will begin at noon in the Carniegie Auditorium.
Click here to register.

Funders That Have Supported Our Work This Year

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

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