Category Archives: Community Organizing

#give906 to Celebrate GivingTuesday on December 1, 2020 Joining Millions Around the World in the Global Generosity Movement 

This GivingTuesday, #give906, coordinated by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development will inspire generosity throughout Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by sharing the stories of needs from U.P. based nonprofits in the annual #give906 Giving Guide.

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement, unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and their world. GivingTuesday will kick off the generosity season this year by inspiring people to give back on December 1, 2020, and throughout the year.

The #give906 campaign was developed in 2018 by a committee of local nonprofits that participate in #GivingTuesday, with the goal of encouraging residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code.  In 2019, Upper Peninsula giving exceeded expectations with $1,040,724.67 donated online through 3,199 transactions based in the Upper Peninsula.

By participating in #give906, U.P. nonprofits receive the following:

  • Listing in the online Giving Guide and map
  • Inclusion in press releases to local TV and newspaper 
  • Invitation to a private Facebook group for #Give906 organizations
  • Social media promotion

U.P. nonprofits having a fundraiser or project for GivingTuesday are encouraged to complete the #give906 registration form at give906.org  by Friday, November 20.

Donors and volunteers are encouraged to use #give906 on Tuesday, December 1 to share how they gave locally and view the directory of GivingTuesday projects happening in the U.P. at www.give906.org

GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a simple idea: to create a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

People demonstrate generosity in many ways on GivingTuesday. Whether it’s helping a neighbor or stranger out, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving to causes we care about, every act of generosity counts. GivingTuesday has raised billions of dollars for critical causes around the world and gets billions of impressions on social media from people and organizations speaking up for the causes that matter to them and encouraging others to get involved in their communities. On May 5 of this year, GivingTuesday hosted a special #GivingTuesdayNow initiative in response to COVID-19 creating a surge in grassroots giving with more than $503M raised in the U.S. via online donations as well as countless acts of kindness and generosity to support essential workers and communities in need. 

“GivingTuesday inspires people all around the world to embrace their power to drive progress around the causes they care about, not just on one day but throughout the year.” said Asha Curran, GivingTuesday’s CEO, and co-founder. “With 75 country and 240 community leaders, millions of organizations, and countless givers of all kinds, GivingTuesday is creating a shared space where we can see the radical implications of a more generous world.” 

Those who are interested in joining #give906GivingTuesday initiative can visit give906.org. For more details about the GivingTuesday movement, visit the GivingTuesday website (www.givingtuesday.org), Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday) or follow @GivingTuesday and #GivingTuesday on Twitter. 

Impact of COVID-19 on U.P. Nonprofits

Impact of COVID-19 on U.P. Nonprofits

Key Findings from the U.P. Nonprofit Sector Resilience Survey 2020 has been a year unlike any other, with COVID-19 affecting society in every corner of our nation. The nonprofit community in the Upper Peninsula is no exception. In mid-July, Grow & Lead sent a survey to nonprofits across the U.P. to gain a better understanding… Continue Reading

#Give906 Joining #GivingTuesdayNow in Global Day of Giving and Unity

Grow & Lead is responding to meet the needs of the Upper Peninsula region and to inspire transformational generosity by coming together to support our nonprofits through acts of generosity and fundraising for critical services and programs during this pandemic. #GivingTuesdayNow is a global day of giving and unity, set to take place on May… 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

Meet the 2019 U.P. Service Award Winners!

Meet the 2019 U.P. Service Award Winners!

Three Upper Peninsula individuals, a business and a nonprofit organization were honored during the 11th annual U.P. Service Awards program at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given annually by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to recognize exemplary volunteer and charitable efforts throughout the U.P. in the categories of youth, under… 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

5 reasons to nominate volunteers for the U.P. Service Awards

5 reasons to nominate volunteers for the U.P. Service Awards

In the nonprofit world, we know it’s always a good time to thank the volunteers that help us meet our mission. But with this week being National Volunteer Week, it’s an especially good time! That’s why at Grow & Lead, we celebrate this week each year by opening nominations for the U.P. Service Awardsfor outstanding volunteerism.  Now… 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

Graduation and alcohol don’t mix

High school graduation will soon be here. With graduation come open houses and other parties. With parties often comes drinking. I’d like to remind all community members to be extra vigilant this time of year to keep our young people safe and healthy by keeping alcohol out of their hands. Some parents may be tempted… Continue Reading