2017 Year In Review

Giving Nonprofits Tools to Succeed so they can Focus on their Missions

At Grow & Lead, a large part of our work is capacity building. We help nonprofits utilize tools to make their work more efficient. By building up the nonprofit sector, we create communities with opportunities for youth to thrive.

“In 2016, Accelerate UP made the jump from a fairly sophisticated Excel Workbook to the CRM platform Salesforce.  In deciding to make the leap to Salesforce, we were concerned about the transfer of our old data into a new system, Salesforce’s ability to generate our metric reports and the ease of data entry.  We were confident that Salesforce was capable of accomplishing our organization data goals, however the transition seemed daunting.  Through our membership with GLCYD, we were able to gain access to the GLCYD team who not only assisted us with the technical setup of Salesforce, but helped educate us along the way.  We are thrilled with the switch to Salesforce to say the least.  Data input is streamlined and far easier than before; searching for client accounts and information is easier; we have custom reports setup to track each individual data set, and GLCYD helped create a robust and very attractive dashboard that compiles all of our data into a one-page document.  Our board, volunteers and staff have been thrilled with the outcome.  Thank you, GLCYD for helping us step into 2017 technology! –Grow & Lead Member Testimonial

In 2017, we’ve assisted 97 organizations with 187 requests for information. Our capacity building services are available at no-to-low cost, thanks to donations from our communities. If you know a nonprofit in need of assistance, contact us at 906-228-8919.

Developing Leaders for Tomorrow

This past spring, Grow & Lead collaborated with the North Dickinson High School  Student Council (NDSC) to host the 6th Annual Leadership Conference to share leadership ideas and techniques with students from area high schools.  The NDSC created and facilitated three skill sessions for the day including team building, adapting to change and leadership motivation.  The conference was attended by 160 students from seven different schools.  An idea exchange and advisor’s roundtable were also built into the day.  The program is entirely student-designed and led.

Promising Futures Partnership Launches in Munising 

Children as young as kindergartners have been expelled from local schools due to violent behavior.  To address this issue, Grow & Lead, MARESA, MSU Extension and Marquette-Alger Great Start Collaborative have teamed up to create the Promising Futures Partnership, a collaborative that addresses social and emotional learning in our youth, families and community.  Through a State of Michigan grant, curriculum addressing self awareness, relationship skills, managing emotions and making responsible decisions is being taught in all pre-kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms in Munising Public Schools. The collaborative plans to expand social and emotional competencies throughout the MARESA school district in the coming years.

Sharing Nonprofit Knowledge

Grow & Lead hosted the 13th U.P. Nonprofit Conference in October. Topics covered at this year’s conference focused on trends in the nonprofit sector. Keynote speaker, Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, focused on trends that affect the U.P.  Attendees chose from workshops on topics including corporate compliance, finance, volunteer management, grants, human resources, marketing, technology and more.  The U.P. Service Awards were presented to five outstanding individuals and organizations that provide countless volunteer hours to their community. The day closed with Matthew Downey facilitating group reflections on what the nonprofit sector could look like.

Support from donors and sponsors helped us keep registration rates low for all attendees and provide 14 scholarships to members that wanted to attend but needed financial assistance.


Honoring Outstanding Students

In April, GLCYD was honored to recognize 48 area high school seniors for their academic achievement. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship at the 24th annual Excellence in Education Week program.

“Since this program started in 1994, we’ve been fortunate to work with schools, businesses, foundations and individual citizens in Marquette and Alger counties to recognize students, their families and their teachers for the culmination of their hard work together.” Amy Quinn, CEO, GLCYD

The students receiving scholarships represent the top five percent academically of graduating seniors. In addition, $500 professional development awards were presented to 25  Marquette-Alger county educators. The awards are used to further academic training or enhance classroom activities.

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