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Supercharge September Board Trainings

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is readytohelpnonprofitorganizationssupercharge theirboard this September.

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As a follow up to Board Development Month held last January, Supercharge September will feature trainings that dive into advanced board development topics.

“January Board Development Month wasahugesuccess!We had 57 organizations from across theU.P.thatattended,” saidAmy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead. “We found that many used the knowledge learned in the trainings and implementedthemwiththeir board. We’renow getting questionsaboutmoreadvancedtopics that boards face. These webinars will address many of the tasks that active, engaged boards tackle on a regular basis.”

Supercharge September features four webinars happening on Wednesday evenings starting September 5.

•September 5, 6 – 7 p.m. –Who’sGoingto doThat – board structures and committee roles
•September 12, 6 – 6:30 p.m. –Mind the Gap – succession planning
•September 19, 5:30 – 6 p.m. – We Want You! – board recruitment
•September 26, 6 – 6:30 p.m. – How Are They Doing? – leadership evaluation

Supercharge September trainings are free and open to anyone interested in learning more about nonprofit boards. Recordings of the live stream will be archived on the Grow & Lead website.

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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 development 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… Continue Reading

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