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Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award applications 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 of potential projects include homework clubs, field trips, mentoring or literacy support. It is preferred that funds be utilized within one year.

Applicants must be from Upper Peninsula school districts, College Access Networks or other youth-serving organizations. Selection will be based on how the program addresses an unmet need, how it helps youth succeed academically, the number of youth served, and other compelling data as determined by the selection committee.

The winner of the award will be recognized at the Excellence in Education Week Awards Program on April 27, 2020 at Northern Michigan University.

Growing Your Volunteer Program

The most productive and sustainable nonprofit volunteer programs are ones which are mutually beneficial for the organization and volunteers. In this webinar series, you will learn best practices and tips for everything from planning your program and preparing for volunteers, to recruiting, screening, placing, orienting, training, supervising and retaining volunteers—all with an eye toward ensuring… Continue Reading

#give906 exceeded goal

#give906 exceeded goal

Through partnership with GivingTuesday, Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is excited to report $1,040,724.67 was donated online through 3,199 transactions based in the Upper Peninsula. This data wascollected through GivingTuesday’s partnership with payment processors. This does not include match dollars, donations made offline or donations of products. #give906, the Community Campaign for the… Continue Reading

2019 Year in Review

Getting Organizations Set Up for Success Nonprofit organizations enrich our communities. They exist to eliminate the gaps that government agencies and for profit businesses aren’t able to fill. When a person identifies a gap, the natural inclination is to search online for the steps to starting a nonprofit. What this concerned community member will find… Continue Reading

#give906 Registration Open!

#give906 Registration Open!

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is coordinating a regional Community Campaign for nonprofits that participate in GivingTuesday. The campaign, #give906, will focus on giving locally to U.P. based nonprofits on GivingTuesday, December 3. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world.… Continue Reading

Census Funding Clarification

1. Gift cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census. Hubs & grantees SHOULD NOT use campaign dollars to give gas cards or other incentives to individuals for completing the census.  However, campaign hubs and grantees ARE PERMITTED to use funding from MNA for raffles, food, prizes or door giveaways to individuals attending… Continue Reading

Present at the 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

Be Counted UP Grant Application Available

Be Counted UP Grant Application Available

Community Foundation of Marquette County, Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula and Grow & Lead are now accepting grant applications for the Be Counted UP Census 2020 Campaign. With support from Michigan Nonprofit Association’s Be Counted MI 2020, funding is available for projects that: Engage and educate undercounted communities about theimportance of the 2020 Census… Continue Reading

Judy Watson Olson Education Enrichment Award Application Open

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

2018 Year in Review

Collaborating to Promote Giving Tuesday Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy, has grown nationally over the last six years, but hadn’t quite caught on in the Upper Peninsula. After hearing from a number of grassroots organizations that Giving Tuesday needed a U.P. wide coordinator, Grow & Lead pulled together a committee of nonprofit leaders… Continue Reading