Category Archives: Performance Improvement

May’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference — Recalibrated Sessions

May – Operations & Strategic Planning

Webinar – Strategic Planning & Operations: Because Truth is Stranger than Fiction 

Rescheduled to May 18 at 6 p.m. – Register

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory, tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” This philosophy was written by Sun Tzu in The Art of War over 2500 years ago and it still applies today. You need both strategy and operations.

This webinar will explore myths of strategic planning and help attendees sort truth from fiction. It will discuss why strategic planning is still important and relevant to nonprofits and how operations are often the missing link to a successfully implemented plan.

Member Mastermind – Rescheduled to May 20 at 3 p.m. – Register

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Life Under Construction with  Allison Liddle

Life Under Construction with Allison Liddle

Although we had to cancel the U.P. Nonprofit Conference, we are excited to bring you a virtual session with the would-be keynote speaker, Allison Liddle! Meet Allison Allison Liddle was a Great Start Collaborative Director at the Gogebic-Ontonagon ISD for five years and loved working with the amazing nonprofit leaders in the UP! She’s excited… Continue Reading

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

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 summer, 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,… 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

Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey named Keynote Speakers

Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Matthew Downey, Nonprofit Services Program Director at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy,  have been named the Keynote Presenters for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. Caldwell, who will open the conference, has led organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He has taken on leadership… Continue Reading

Building Staff Morale

Building staff morale is not as complicated or difficult as it may seem. I know a lot of supervisors and managers struggle with building staff morale, but if you keep in mind just a few simple ideas, you can begin to change the culture and morale of your office. Be sincere, authentic, real. People see… Continue Reading

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives. Pick goals that motivate you If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your… Continue Reading

Getting Ready for 2017

Getting Ready for 2017

As we approach the end of year and the start of a new one, folks will begin making their New Year Resolutions. We often laugh at them or make fun of them, but secretly we all have those nagging things that we wish we could change. So we continue each new year to consider improvements in ourselves. Likewise,… Continue Reading