Checking Blind Spots: Conversations for Nonprofits

  • Friday, February 19, 2021
  • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom
  • 18


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Checking Blind spots is a new monthly series every 3rd Friday of the month at Noon devoted to the impacts of the pandemic on the nonprofit sector and the communities we serve. These conversations explore trends and emerging issues.

Our first conversation will be with Neil Fernandes, Founder, Pastor and Executive Director of Rise Above. Rise Above serves students who struggle to succeed in a traditional environment. The pandemic, and virtual learning environments have  placed kids in a precarious situation. Neil will explore the trends in education outcomes, what nonprofits who serve kids needs to be aware of and looking for so they can know when to provide additional services.  And additionally, how communities need to prepare for the long term outcomes of the higher rate of kids who are falling behind.

  • Feb 19th - with Renell Weathers, Community Engagement Director for the Michigan League for Public Policy will share legislative issues might be emerging in the State of Michigan.

Our Previous sessions; 

  • Nov. 20th - Critical & Emerging Issues within our schools in this new learning environment (see recording HERE)
  • Dec. 18th - Legal Services and Pending Evictions with Shannon Lucas
  • Shannon Lucas is an attorney with the Michigan Advocacy Program, a non profit law firm that provides attorneys to low income residents of south central Michigan. These attorneys provide representation to residents in civil legal matters including evictions, family law, and access to public benefits. She is currently the Manager of Legal Services Delivery for the program. Prior to this role, she was the managing attorney of the Monroe Office that served Monroe and Lenawee Counties. She has been a legal services attorney for over 20 years and is grateful for the opportunity to provide access to the justice system for those who would not be able to afford an attorney.
  • Jan. 15th - with Tracy Chirikas, Community Relations Manager for the Alliance of Coalitions for Health Communities will talk about our Recovery Community.

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Facilitated by the Nonprofit Network ED and on-staff Consultants

Regina Pinney, Executive Director

Learn more about Regina

Regina has been the Executive Director of the Nonprofit Network since June 2009. With twenty-five years working in the nonprofit sector, she has a full range of experience in fundraising, marketing, governance, management and grant writing. She has led Nonprofit Network from being a county-specific nonprofit management support organization to an international resource specializing in capacity building, professional development and governance and organizational management.

Previously, she was owner and principal consultant for Funkhouser Consulting, which specialized in providing support, guidance and consulting services to nonprofit organizations.  Prior to owning her own company, Regina was the Development Director for the Kitsap Humane Society in Silverdale, Washington, the Community Development Director for the Child and Parent Resources in Tacoma, Washington and the Special Events Coordinator for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in Toledo, Ohio. Regina is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green Ohio.


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