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

                                                                                                     September 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?
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

Welcome New Members

Wow! More than **50** new organizations and individuals have joined Nonprofit Network this year!

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

Recent New Members:

  • 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 Department of Human Services
  • Prepaid Legal Services
  • Grace Tutoring
  • Sharon Pederson, Consultant
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • Barry Malek - County National Bank
  • Pete May - Real Life Ministries

You can find us here: 

Employer Tax Credit Available

Many small nonprofits may not be aware that they can take advantage of the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit or may be unsure how to claim the credit. 


Click to learn more: Small Business Health Care Tax Credit


This site explains that eligible tax-exempt employers that have fewer than 25 full time equivalent employees earning annual average wages of less than $50,000 may qualify for a refundable tax credit.  Eligible 501(c) employers who pay at least half of the cost of their employees’ health insurance coverage may qualify for a tax credit of up to 25% of those premiums. On January 1, 2014, this rate will increase to 35% for tax-exempt employers. The credit phases out gradually for organizations with average wages between $25,000 and $50,000 and for organizations with the equivalent of between 10 and 25 full-time workers. 


Leadership Book Club In Progress

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. Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant  by authors W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne, will be the next book off the shelf. Join us for the discussion with host, Dr. James Coe, Dean, Gainey School of Business, Spring Arbor University. Put October 19, 2011 on your calendar! We will begin at noon in the Carniegie Auditorium.  Click here to register

Help Fill the Bag!

During our Fall Conference on November 4, 2011, we will be handing out over 200 goodie-bags to Executive Directors, Board Members, people on the front line helping to make our community a better place. 

We are looking for items to help make their lives easier - it could be your promotional item, it could be a piece of information that helps them do their job better or as simple as a chocolate kiss to remind them they are appreciated.

Would you like to help fill them?  If so - click here

Free Course Refresher

By request of some of our members, we have added a new member benefit.

Starting now - members will have one Free Refresher available per workshop.  If a member takes a workshop and would like to re-take the same workshop for a refresher, they can, at no charge!

This offer is non-transferable and the refresher only applies to a workshop/seminar already taken.  Some exceptions will apply. 

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


November 4, 2011

Enter Promo Code "PICKME" on the registration form
by or before October 10th
to be entered into a drawing to win FREE registration!

Priority One: Your Existing Donors

Did you know research shows it costs less to retain and motivate your existing donors than attract new ones?

The Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) was launched by AFP and the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute in 2006 to help nonprofit organizations measure, compare and maximize their annual growth in giving.

Click here for the 2011 Fundraising Effectiveness Project (FEP) Survey Report.

Also check out this list of Donor Retention Resources on the AFP website.

Thank You Note Prompts Unexpected Foundation Gift

How many times have I preached about personal, thoughtful thank you notes? 

Here is evidence you should pay as much attention to all your thank you notes as you do your solicitations.

From the Chronicle Of Philanthropy - Thank you note prompts unexpected gift from Foundation

Save the Date! Kim Klein Coming to Michigan

Kim Klein is one of Nonprofit Network's favorite fundraising guru's - and we are bringing her to Jackson!

Save the Date:  Tuesday, February 7th, 2012. 

Kim will provide a full day workshop on "All Weather Fundraising". You will receive a copy of her book, meals and great information.  Details are still being worked out - but we are doing our best to make sure the fee is extremely reasonable.

Kim is an internationally known fundraising trainer and has worked in all aspects of fundraising: as staff, volunteer, board member, and consultant. She is best known for adapting traditional fundraising techniques, particularly major donor campaigns, to the needs of organizations with, small budgets, who are working for social justice.

She is the author of five books including her most recent, Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times. Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its fifth edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs. She also wrote Fundraising for the Long Haul, Ask and You Shall Receive, and Fundraising in Times of Crisis, which was a runner up for the Terry McAdam Book Award. She is featured in a fundraising video, "Ready, Set, Raise", produced by GIFT (Grassroots Institute for Fundraising Training), and is the author of the "Dear Kim" column in the e-newsletter of GIFT, answering questions posed by readers.

Kim is traveling to Michigan in February of 2012 to provide a 2-day workshop in Grand Rapids for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy in cooperation with the Indiana School of Philanthropy.  We will provide details on this training when they become available.


Michigan Nonprofit Association Nonprofit Day

Nonprofit Day on Thursday, September 29, 2011 will give nonprofit organizations and government an opportunity to get to know each other and find possible opportunities to work together. This year’s theme, “Engagement for Change: Building Opportunities in Challenging Times,” underscores the need for the nonprofit sector and government to build stronger ties to better serve Michiganders. Nonprofit Day will boast national and statewide experts in the area of civic engagement, advocacy, and government, speakers include: Dan Gilmartin, Executive Director & CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, George Pillsbury, Founder & Managing Director of Nonprofit Vote, Maya Enista Smith, CEO of  Please visit MNA’s website,, to register and for more information.


Nonprofit Network Welcomes New Staff Member

The next time you stop in or call, be sure to welcome our newest staff member, Elizabeth Hayden. Beth will serve as the Member & Marketing Administrator for Nonprofit Network and be responsible for coordinating member services and Nonprofit Network’s online presence. She brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. Most recently, she provided design and consulting services to many local organizations through her freelance work. She had the opportunity to work with both Regina and Diane, on a professional level through their previous organizations.  In addition to consulting, for the last five years, Beth has been an instructor at Jackson Community College, teaching courses in the graphic design program. Beth serves on the JCC Graphic Advisory Committee and has coordinated many projects for local nonprofit organizations while providing professional opportunities for her students. She facilitated collaboration for the design and photography needs of these organizations, and at the same time, helped to develop a sense of philanthropy in the students. 

Having a great, great, great, uncle who served the Jackson community (Henry A. Hayden, Mayor 1874-1876), Beth is looking forward to serving Jackson in her new role with the Nonprofit Network. Beth earned a BA in Professional Communications form Siena Heights University and an AAS in Visual Communications from Jackson Community College.


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