Category Archives: Community Organizing

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, volunteers or board members out of the area to build skills and network is not a feasible option. The U.P. Nonprofit Conference serves to fill that need expertly and cost efficiently. Attendees at the conference get the opportunity to:

  • Network with peers from regional nonprofits
  • Attend workshops on critical and compelling nonprofit issues, such asnonprofit accountability, fundraising and marketing
  • Visit exhibitors
  • Take home resources, ideas, and tools that support their mission andprograms

Share your knowledge with the community! Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sustainability
  • Board Relations and Development
  • Capacity Building
  • Collaboration
  • Youth Development
  • Policy and Advocacy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Evaluation
  • Nonprofit Operations
  • Volunteer Recruitment and Management
  • Fundraising and Fund Development
  • Nonprofit Governance
  • Vulnerable / At-Risk Youth
  • Nonprofit Marketing and Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Personal Development
  • Technology
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
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

We are all in this together!

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”― John Lennon At this time in history, it is more important than ever that we join forces and share resources – both human and material. It increases the impact and reach of the efforts and makes us think about what… Continue Reading

Tips for Working With Schools

Busy, busy, busy!  Everyone is always busy and sometimes we feel our requests are left “on the back burner.”   As a retired school employee, I can relate to some of the hectic days that occur in schools.  Just when you think things are moving along smoothly, the flu breaks out, or a major snowstorm cancels… Continue Reading

Teach Me a Thing or Two

When we hear the word “mentor,” I think most automatically assume that the mentor is older than the person being mentored. Wisdom and knowledge don’t automatically come with age and experience. Oh yes, I have had many mentors throughout my 55 years who were older than me. Looking back, the common trait possessed by these… Continue Reading

What is this Mastermind thing?

What happens when you put 3-5 people that work at nonprofits in the U.P. on the phone to with little to no agenda? Magic. Pure Magic. A few years ago, we had the idea of creating peer learning circles for nonprofit executive directors in communities across the U.P. In theory, it was a great idea.… Continue Reading