Category Archives: Nonprofit Management

Board Development Month is coming!

This year was our first time dedicating a month to board development. Our January 2018 series was so successful, we’re doing it again in January 2019! Based on feedback from the 2018 participants, we’ve modified this year’s topics to tackle issues boards in the U.P. are dealing with. These webinars are free and open to all, but are targeted to people currently serving on a nonprofit board. 

Board 101

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
6 p.m. Eastern time

Our annual recap of nonprofit board member roles and responsibilities! This webinar will review :

•Legal and social responsibilities of a nonprofit board
•Different roles as a unit
•Division of labor between board and executive director
•Helpful tips, tricks and ideas to help you be a better board member
 

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Board 102

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
6 p.m. Eastern time

Now that you know your role as a board member, we’ll look at different board structures to find the one most effective for your organization.This webinar will cover the different types of boards and their lifecycles. There will also be discussion on the types of committees and their role in moving initiatives forward. We will also examine how to fill committees, committee time commitments and defining the work of committees. This is an expanded repeat of the September 5, 2018 webinar “Board Structure and Committees.”

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Board and Staff Relationship

Wednesday, January 23
6 p.m. Eastern time

This webinar will examine the role of the board of directors and the staff of a nonprofit organization. It will dive into the Board Chair and CEO partnership, in addition to looking at how staff and board members can work together to  move the mission forward.

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Strategic Planning

Wednesday, January 30
6 p.m. Eastern time

How are you going to reach your organizational goals?  The strategic plan is a tool to help boards reach their long-term goals. If you aren’t sure whether you have a strategic plan or if your plan was filed away, never to be looked at again, this webinar is for you!

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Sessions at the Nonprofit Conference

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to learn how to inspire lasting impact in their communities. The 2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 18, at Northern Michigan University. The conference features foursessions focusedon leadership, best practices, communication and volunteerism… Continue Reading

Supercharge September Board Trainings

Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development is readytohelpnonprofitorganizationssupercharge theirboard this September. Register As a follow up to Board Development Month held last January, Supercharge September will feature trainings that dive into advanced board development topics. “January Board Development Month wasahugesuccess!We had 57 organizations from across theU.P.thatattended,” saidAmy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead. “We… Continue Reading

Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner named U.P. Nonprofit Conference Keynote Speaker

Demarra Gardner is principal and lead consultant of Change Agent Consulting (CAC)-a full service organizational development consulting company based in Kalamazoo that has been in operation since 2007. CAC is comprised of a dynamic team of consultants who provide organizational assessment, strategic & business planning, fund development, program development, leadership development, evaluation, coaching, start-up, and… Continue Reading

Staying a Nonprofit in Michigan

So you’ve started your nonprofit. How do you stay a nonprofit? There are two critical forms that every tax exempt nonprofit organization in Michigan must file each year to stay compliant – the Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report and the IRS Form 990. The Michigan Nonprofit Corporation Annual Report is filed on the State of… 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

Bereavement Leave Policies – Helping Adjust to a New Normal

As part of Grow & Lead’s annual review of policies, we are reviewing our bereavement leave policy.  Do you have one?  Here is what the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) has to say on the topic from their September 2017 issue of “HR Magazine”: The vast majority of employers provide only two to four… Continue Reading

U.P. Nonprofit Conference features workshops for all!

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops designed to create a lasting impact in their communities. The 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 12, at Northern Michigan University. The conference features 15 workshops… 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