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It's Time to Activate the Levers of Power for Your Mission.

Renell Weathers
Advocacy and Public Policy Consultant

It's Time to Activate the Levers of Power for Your Mission.

Life has a way of interrupting our plans, making you either frustrated because you hate change or exhilarated because you embrace change. You may also be confused about which direction to channel your efforts. Whichever best describes you, this is not the time to put your head under the covers. It’s time to engage.  

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Meet Denice!

Denice Gravenstijn
Consultant Support Specialist


“Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.
Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfill.” 

   – Chadwick Boseman 

This quote from Chadwick Boseman has been one of my inspirations.  I believe that everyone has a purpose in life. Finding your purpose may or may not come easy. The idea of being and making a difference is one of the fundamentals of fulfilling one's aspirations in life. 

I have been with Nonprofit Network since February 2022. I accepted the position of Consultant Support Specialist, and it has provided me with a wonderful opportunity to be exposed to a variety of different communities and at the same time explore and use some of the skills gained from my background in Sociology.  

With a background in Sociology, understanding social institutions, structures and relationships within communities helps to provide great tools to support an active consulting staff. I supply support to the consultants and the organization through communication, organization, and research. This helps Nonprofit Network serve its diverse clients efficiently, effectively, and holistically. 



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Welcome to our website!

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It's here! We've launched our New Website!


We are excited to invite you to our new
Nonprofit Network website! And you're invited to join us on Zoom for an in-depth look at our new site. We'll cover how to log-in, the services available to you, and answer any questions you have. We'll also be reviewing the new member-only homepage portal. No registration is needed for these live events.

 

Our new website is filled with even more help at your fingertips, including: 

  • A new Business Services Directory to help you find discounted and specialized services.
  • Job board that automatically shares your post to Facebook and Google if selected. *Be sure to make use of your member discount code sent in the October 28th Members Only newsletter. 
  • A Learning Center with live events and online courses (an interactive learning management system that allows you to save your work and your resources in one place) 
  • More automation to keep your employees and board members connected to the help they need. 
  • And - more ways for you to utilize your membership benefits.  

>>>  We will continue to add tools, resources and samples weekly, as we always have, so come back often to see what's new.


First Step is to Login
- As members and non-members (prospects) you will both need to set up a new password.  To do this, [Click here]. Your Username is your email address. Once your password is updated, you can [login here] using the new password you just set-up.


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Staff Satisfaction

headshot of Sharon Castle in a black blouseSharon Castle
Capacity Builder

Much has been written about the Great Resignation of 2022 or, as McKinsey & Company recently described it as, “the Great Attrition has become the Great Negotiation.”  

In fact, according to McKinsey, 40% of employees globally are planning to leave their jobs in the next three to six months. The Great Attrition is making hiring harder. Are you searching the right talent pools?

So, what does that mean for the nonprofit sector; a sector historically known for paying low wages for demanding positions?  At Nonprofit Network, we’ve been getting many questions from stressed-out Executive Directors trying to figure out how to hire and then retain talented staff. 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Up Your Networking Game

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Alyssa Turcsak
Outreach Coordinator

One of the biggest challenges in our sector we hear often is how isolating this work can be. You put so much of your heart and energy into serving clients, rescuing animals, and protecting our planet that connecting with others doing similar work feels very low on the priority list. You’re not alone. Being under-resourced and underpaid leaves nonprofit employees stretched thin.

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5 Steps to Refresh & Restore Momentum after a Bad Board Meeting

Regina Pinney
Executive Director
 

Have you ever had one of those board meetingsthe kind that makes you question if you are the right person for the job, if you have the stamina to continue, or if anyone in the room is on the same page about anything? The kind of meeting that makes you wonder if working at one of those 9-5 for profit jobs is fulfilling?

You knowone of "those" meetings.

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9 Strategies to Recruit & Engage Board Members

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Sharon Castle
Capacity Builder

Question:  On a scale of 1 – 10, how important is a nonprofit board of directors?
Answer:  10+
If building a strong board is tantamount to running a healthy, vibrant, and successful nonprofit organization, how do we build a dynamic board? 

While the answer is complex, there are strategies you can use to enhance your success.
 





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Marketing, Communications, & Public Relations

 

Stormy Trotter, PhD.
Nonprofit Consultant

Nonprofit organizations (NPO’s) are essential to our communities and strive to advocate for causes, fill existing gaps, and provide meaningful resources.  Many are successful in delivering programs and servicing needs, but are still often underrecognized and under supported. 

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3 Things to Consider as you Start a Nonprofit


 

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Katena Cain, PhD.
Nonprofit Management Consultant

Starting a nonprofit organization is an exciting way to make an impact in your community.  Who wouldn’t want to be a part of this community of do-gooders? Well, with over 1.5 million nonprofits in the United States and roughly 52,000 (up from 49K in 2020) in Michigan, ensuring the sustainability and longevity of a nonprofit are not easy tasks. Especially with the recent decline we've seen with the pandemic.

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I See You


Regina Pinney
Executive Director

 

Being colorblind is the idea that ignoring or overlooking racial and ethnic differences promotes racial harmony. In some circles, it’s called color-evasive. In others, it is called a myth.


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They Weren't Criminals Until They Stole Your Money



headshot of Tom Williams in a blue dress shirtTom Williams
Retired Consultant

It’ been awhile since I blogged on embezzlement and regrettably, I’m feeling compelled to revisit this dark topic.  The recent situation that sparked this writing is my learning of a familiar organization experiencing a valued staffer that embezzled a six figure amount of the money donated to their mission.  As I shared in my previous blog, this sickens me professionally and saddens me for the work of all the great people that raised hundreds of thousands of dollars now being for naught.  Disgustingly this action succeeds when we drop our complete nonstop attention to safeguards.

While I certainly encourage you to dig through our Nonprofit Network blog library and read “3 Dangerous Myths About Nonprofit Embezzlement”, today I want to share a different insight that may generate conversations within your organization.

Did you know that 93% of people who embezzled funds NEVER had a criminal record before?  This fact from Marquette Report on Embezzlement is one that deserves some sincere reflection.  Ponder the implications of this data about the 3,000+ embezzlers the Michigan State Police see annually (for profit and nonprofit).  This means that all our safeguards are not to stop criminals from taking our organization’s hard earned money.  Our safeguards are actually intended to eliminate an opportunity for a “trusted” person to take advantage of our negligence and take their first step over to the dark side. 



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3 Dangerous Myths about Nonprofit Embezzlement

   

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Tom Williams
Consultant

Typically, I like to use this blog space to share eye-opening ideas and tools to build your organization’s capacity so that more good is done in your community. But today I am compelled to step away from that and reflect on the ugly side of nonprofit life that ties my stomach in knots: embezzlement. Please, let me be clear: I am driven to share this, not for any sense of sensationalism, but rather because if you are aware and informed, you will be better prepared to prevent, detect, and recover any losses in the event that your organization is victimized in an embezzlement scheme.

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