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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 by visiting Heroes will have given their time, talent, or treasures to make Michigan stronger and more resilient. 

The current focus of the campaign is the response and recovery of the COVID-19 pandemic, but anyone can be nominated for helping others.
Nominees will be put through a brief screening to make sure they meet certain criteria, then will be featured on the website.
Please help recognize Michiganders who have made a difference for others and nominate a hero today.
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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

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

We’re excited to launch the U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated. It isn’t just a virtual conference. It’s a half year commitment to Upper Peninsula nonprofits to help them navigate the 2021 landscape. The series has three deliverables:  Learning opportunities Networking opportunities  Sharing inspirations Registration for all sessions is now open on the U.P. Nonprofit Conference —… Continue Reading