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#give906 Registration is Open!

#give906 Registration is Open!

This GivingTuesday, #give906, a regional GivingTuesday Community Campaign coordinated by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development, will inspire generosity throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by sharing the stories of needs from U.P. based nonprofits in the annual #give906 Giving Guide. 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on November 30, and throughout the year.

The #give906 campaign was developed in 2018 by a committee of local nonprofits that participate in GivingTuesday, with the goal of encouraging residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code.  In 2020, Upper Peninsula giving exceeded expectations with $806.060.28 donated through 5,152 transactions based in the Upper Peninsula. 

By participating in #give906, U.P. nonprofits receive the following: 

  • Listing in the online Giving Guide and map
  • Inclusion in press releases to local TV, radio, and newspaper 
  • Social media promotion

U.P. nonprofits, individuals, business, or other groups. having a fundraiser, event or project for GivingTuesday are encouraged to complete the #give906 registration form at  by Wednesday, November 17. 

Donors and volunteers are encouraged to use #give906 on Tuesday, December 1 to share how they gave locally . The directory of GivingTuesday projects in the U.P. can be viewed at 

GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesdayhas raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets billions of impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities. On May 5 of 2020, GivingTuesday hosted a special #GivingTuesdayNow initiative in response to COVID-19 creating a surge in grassroots giving with more than $503M raised in the U.S. via online donations as well as countless acts of kindness and generosity to support essential workers and communities in need. 

“GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. “With 75 country leaders, 240 community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.”    

For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (, Facebook page ( or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter. 

Michigan Heroes Program Seeks Nominations

Michigan Heroes Program Seeks Nominations

The Michigan Community Service Commission is launching the Michigan Heroes Campaign virtual recognition website to celebrate individuals and organizations that have made a difference helping others during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond in Michigan.  Nominations are now being accepted in preparation for a campaign launch at the end of September. Anyone can nominate a hero… Continue Reading

Brad Gingras named Keynote Speaker for 2021 U.P. Nonprofit Conference

Brad Gingras named Keynote Speaker for 2021 U.P. Nonprofit Conference

Brad Gingras is a professional trainer, facilitator, generational strategist and consultant. Throughout his career he has been providing professional development workshops, presentations, and strategic planning facilitation to thousands of youth and professionals. His series of topics and expertise range from multi-generational training and strategies, leadership development, team-building, career preparation & counseling, and motivational  speaking. He has witnessed and demonstrated how… Continue Reading

Present at the 2021 U.P. Nonprofit Conference

Present at the 2021 U.P. Nonprofit Conference

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference offers nonprofit leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers the opportunity to network, attend workshops, share ideas and fire up the passions that drive their missions and visions. Attendees appreciate the opportunity to be able to convene and learn at a conference held in their own region. For many nonprofits, sending staff,… Continue Reading

June’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated Sessions

Webinar – Where’s the MoneyJune 8 at 6 p.m. – Register Join us for the last webinar of the U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated for an overview of financial management and fund development. This session will review required annual filings, choosing which version of Quickbooks is right for your organization, budgeting as a planning tool… Continue Reading

May’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated Sessions

May – Operations & Strategic Planning Webinar – Strategic Planning & Operations: Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction  Rescheduled to May 18 at 6 p.m. – Register “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” This philosophy was written by Sun Tzu in The Art of War over 2500… Continue Reading

Let’s Grow KI

Let’s Grow KI

What is Let’s Grow KI? Let’s Grow KI! is a program to plant the seeds for a healthier and more self-sustaining community through gardening, nutritional education, and community action. Our pilot-year goal is to enroll 5 young families living in KI Sawyer in a program that provides them with the tools, knowledge, and confidence to… Continue Reading

April’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference Recalibrated Sessions

 April – Youth & Community Engagement Webinar: Youth Engagement: An Essential Element of Nonprofits April 13 at 6 p.m. – Register In this webinar, we will explore how nonprofits are uniquely positioned to develop our most precious community resource, our young people, while adding energy, leadership succession and sustainability to the organizations. You will learn… Continue Reading

March’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated Sessions

March’s Topic – Human Resources & Volunteer Engagement Webinar: The Accidental HR Person: Essential Practices for Managing Employees and Volunteers March 9 at 6 p.m. – Register This webinar is geared toward personnel of smaller nonprofits with little human resource and/or volunteer engagement experience. We’ll cover some essentials—from recruitment to retention—for anyone who finds themselves… Continue Reading

Judy Watson Olson Award Application Available

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former Grow & Lead President and CEO, Judy Watson Olson. This $500 award assists Upper Peninsula K-12 schools, teachers, or organizations with programs that help youth succeed academically. Examples of potential projects include… Continue Reading