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Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner is principal and lead consultant of Change Agent Consulting (CAC)-a full service organizational demarra_gardnerdevelopment consulting company based in Kalamazoo that has been in operation since 2007. CAC is comprised of a dynamic team of consultants who provide organizational assessment, strategic & business planning, fund development, program development, leadership development, evaluation, coaching, start-up, and diversity/inclusion/equity services.

Demarra has led many successful ventures (for-profit and non-profit) while guiding others to launch and scale their businesses as well. Her business success has allowed her to travel all over the world, be engaged with her community in meaningful ways, and help individuals from all walks of life have greater fulfillment and purpose.

Demarra holds an MA in Clinical Mental Health from Western Michigan University, is a licensed professional counselor, and certified professional coach. She is also Faculty with Leadership that Works (LTW)-a national and international coaching firm with the goal of bringing coaching to every person on the planet.

Demarra will speak on leadership. Her session Head + Heart = Hustle will examine the magic that occurs when one’s “Heart”, the issues, ideas, and people that move you and “Head” is your unique gifts: the skills, abilities, knowledge, connections, and everything else you bring to the table align to create your personal purpose. 

The U.P. Nonprofit Conference will be held on Thursday, October 18 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the University Center at NMU. 

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Staying a Nonprofit in Michigan

So you’ve started your nonprofit. How do you stay a nonprofit? There are two critical forms that every tax exempt nonprofit organization in Michigan must file each year to stay compliant – the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report and the IRS Form 990. The Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report is filed on the State of… Continue Reading

So you want to start a nonprofit?

“So you want to start a nonprofit?” This is a question I’ve been asking a few times a month as I meet with people interested in creating change through a mission-driven organization. I leave these meetings feeling rejuvenated, excited and inspired by the innovative ideas that are coming forward in our corner of the world.… Continue Reading

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award in honor of former GLCYD 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… Continue Reading

Board Development Month is here!

Board Development Month is here!

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to present Board Development Month! Grow & Lead has seen an increase in nonprofit organizations having questions about how to be a better board of directors. “We routinely get questions from board members,” said Amy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead. “We developed this series of… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

U.P. Nonprofit Conference features workshops for all!

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops designed to create a lasting impact in their communities. The 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 12, at Northern Michigan University. The conference features 15 workshops… Continue Reading

Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey named Keynote Speakers

Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Matthew Downey, Nonprofit Services Program Director at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy,  have been named the Keynote Presenters for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. Caldwell, who will open the conference, has led organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He has taken on leadership… Continue Reading

We have a new name!

We have a new name!

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development announced today that it is changing the company name to Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development. Grown & Lead: Community and Youth Development will continue to be the the go-to organization for nonprofit management and youth development resources in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. ”Over the years, it’s become apparent… Continue Reading