Author Archives: Karen Wolf

Granting Wishes Plus

I currently serve as board chair for the Youth & Family Center at Lake Superior Village. The program is a collaboration between the Marquette Housing Commission, the YMCA and GLCYD.  Earlier this year, Tyler McCabe, the program director, and I applied for some local grant opportunities through Zonta of Marquette and the Community Foundation of Marquette County. We also submitted a grant application to purchase a half dozen Chromebooks for the afterschool homework room through Dollar General.

We were fortunate to receive these three grants. They funded three summer field trips and a special program for the girls. And the computers will allow the youth to use the same technology they use in school. Finding out you have been approved for a grant is like winning an Oscar when you work in the nonprofit realm. It is necessary to put time and effort into the application process, but you get so much in return.

Things I didn’t anticipate I would receive in the course of the grant process include:

  • Collaboration/connection with the funding organizations and other awardees.
  • Board due diligence and involvement: Gaining a better perspective as a collaborative board member of what is truly involved in the program. This allows me to make more informed decisions on a board level.
  • A better understanding of the grant process, including the case statement, budget, plan, carrying out the plan, and reporting/closing it out.
  • Opportunities to promote GLCYD at award presentations and on social media as part of the collaboration, demonstrating the organization’s leadership in the youth sector.

These experiences bring a new perspective to my interactions with nonprofits and community members. Having gone through this experience, I know that I am more knowledgeable and confident in sharing this information and encouraging others to go for it.

If you wish to learn more about grant writing, we have two breakout sessions at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference on October 12th at NMU that you may be interested in: An Overview of Grant Writing with Kristin Beck, NMU, and Tips, Tactics and Pitfalls of Budget Development with Erica Goff, NMU.

On the Fringe

Most of us have new people step into our lives now and again. Learning how they perceive us can give us an opportunity to think about our behaviors, habits and who we are. We can dismiss their observations and continue on our merry way. Or we can get hung up on them and overthink them.… Continue Reading

We are all in this together!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”― John Lennon At this time in history, it is more important than ever that we join forces and share resources – both human and material. It increases the impact and reach of the efforts and makes us think about what… Continue Reading

Teach Me a Thing or Two

When we hear the word “mentor,” I think most automatically assume that the mentor is older than the person being mentored. Wisdom and knowledge don’t automatically come with age and experience. Oh yes, I have had many mentors throughout my 55 years who were older than me. Looking back, the common trait possessed by these… Continue Reading

A Look at Mental Health – Part 2

Earlier this year, the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula received a grant from the Michigan Health Fund Foundation to address the mental health needs of children and adolescents. CFUP will fund multiple projects for nonprofit organizations and schools to increase access to mental health services, connect schools and communities in expanding these services and… Continue Reading

Gogebic Range Youth Summit

Gogebic Range Youth Summit

Over 80 students and 20 adults from schools in Gogebic and Ontonagon Counties came together at the Gogebic Community College on October 28, 2015. The Ironwood Alternative High School worked with GLCYD and the Ironwood Carnegie Library to plan and host the event, which differed from the asset summit format. Similar to a conference, a… Continue Reading