Author Archives: Victoria Leonhardt

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 Michigan’s new Corporations Online Filling System (COFS). This annual report is not the beautifully designed masterpiece that is sent to all your stakeholders, but a simple online form. It comes filled out with the most recent information that the State of Michigan has on file. Updates that are made to the file include new board members, change in address or resident agent. It is due by October 1 of each year. If you do not file this report for two years in a row, the State of Michigan starts the dissolution process. This form costs $20 to file. More information on the Annual Report can be found at https://www.michigan.gov/documents/lara/BCS_CD_269_08-15_527658_7.pdf

The IRS Form 990 is filed by all organizations that fall under IRC 501. This form is filed instead of a tax return, as tax exempt entities don’t pay income tax. There are different versions of the Form 990, including the 990N, 990EZ and 990. All versions of the 990 are due the 15th day of the fifth month after the organization’s budget year end. For example, if your budget year corresponds with the calendar year, your form is due by May 15. If a form 990 is not filed on time, penalties are assessed. After three consecutive years of not filing Form 990, an organization’s tax-exempt status is revoked.

Not sure what to file when? We can help! Contact info@glcyd.org for your consultation.

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

Be a U.P. Nonprofit Conference Presenter!

Be a U.P. Nonprofit Conference Presenter!

You are invited to share your expertise at GLCYD’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference which will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. Workshops are a maximum of 60 minutes in length. Proposals that address and support issues of youth development, nonprofit management and personal development are encouraged. View RFP Continue Reading

Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Education Enrichment Award Application Available

Great Lakes Center for 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 of… Continue Reading