Category Archives: Nonprofit Management

Remote Working Tips from a UP Nonprofit Leader

This post was written by Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Point Camp in Michigamme, Michigan. Jenna has an office at camp in the Photo of Jenna Thompson, Executive Director of Presbytery Pointsummer, and works remotely from her home in Marquette the rest of the year. Presbytery Point Camp is a Christian camp that seeks to help people deepen their awareness of God, each other, and the natural world by providing a camp program and a setting in which personal growth can take place. 

10 Tips for those who have to work/study from home.
From a person who’s been doing it since last summer.

1. Do not work in your bed. Move to some other part of your house. Your sleeping pattern and back will thank you (posted from me working in my bed – SIKE!)

2. Don’t set timers for your breaks. Set timers for your work time so there isn’t any pressure while you’re on a break.

3. Coffee from home tastes the same as coffee from your local bean shop. It is also cheaper.

4. Lo-fi Beats playlist on Spotify is the ULTIMATE get work done music. Thank me later.

5. Try not to do chores while working/studying. Get them done before or after your allotted time.

6. Try not to snack all day. Eat when you usually eat at work/school.

7. Dress comfy but not too comfy. I’ve found that when I still dress like I normally would in public I get more done. Maybe it’s just me but if I wear sweats and a hoodie I am prone to taking mid-day naps more than I would in jeans.

8. Check-in with friends & co-workers. Send them funny memes. Take a few social media breaks. BUT turn off all your notifications for these apps on your phone and don’t keep tabs open on your computer. (I am very guilty of this)

9. Wear headphones even if you’re home alone. This just helps me stay focused on my work. If I hear something beeping or the TV, I’m automatically distracted.

10. Go for a walk or hike. Stretch your legs. Maybe don’t go to the gym right now but get out of your house for a little bit so cabin fever doesn’t kick in too soon.

Growing Your Volunteer Program

The most productive and sustainable nonprofit volunteer programs are ones which are mutually beneficial for the organization and volunteers. In this webinar series, you will learn best practices and tips for everything from planning your program and preparing for volunteers, to recruiting, screening, placing, orienting, training, supervising and retaining volunteers—all with an eye toward ensuring… 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

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… Continue Reading

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