Category Archives: Community Organizing

#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 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. The day is designed to drive an influx of generosity, citizen engagement, business and philanthropy activation, and support for communities and nonprofits around the world. 

Grow & Lead  is standing strong with our community and we are mobilizing our network to take care of our community alongside the entire world with  #GivingTuesdayNow.   We are partnering with local nonprofits to offer promotion of their  opportunities for financial contributions, donations of goods and services, and virtual volunteer needs on www.give906.org.

“Last GivingTuesday on December 3, 2019, our community came together with $1,040,724.67 in donations coming from billing addresses in the Upper Peninsula. We were blown away by the region’s generosity. For#Give906 on #GivingTuesdayNow, we are asking our communities to give however they can. No act is too small,” said Amy Quinn, Grow & Lead CEO.

People can show their generosity in a variety of ways on this day, whether it’s helping a neighbor, advocating for an issue, sharing a skill, or giving to causes listed on give906.org, every act of generosity counts. The global movement will emphasize opportunities to give back to communities and causes in safe ways that allow for social connection even while practicing physical distancing. 

 “As a global community, we can mourn this moment of extreme crisis while also finding the opportunity to support one another. We each have the power to make an impact with acts of generosity, no matter how small, and to ensure the sustainability of organizations and services that are crucial to the care and support of our communities,” said Asha Curran, CEO of GivingTuesday. “#GivingTuesdayNow is a chance for us to stand united and use grassroots generosity to show that we are all in this together, beginning to end. Even as many face financial uncertainty, generosity is not about size. From calling an elderly neighbor to chat to offering translation help; from showing gratitude to our healthcare workers to donating to your local food bank, every act of kindness is a beacon of hope in this crisis. We all have something to give, and every act of human consideration and kindness matters.”

#GivingTuesdayNow is a day created in response to this extraordinary global pandemic. The traditionalGivingTuesday will still take place on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  

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#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

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