As the Upper Peninsula’s capacity building organization, Grow & Lead has reached out to nonprofits from across the region to compile a one-stop place for donors to learn about organizations with #GivingTuesday campaigns. The #give906 campaign was developed through a committee of local nonprofit that participate in #GivingTuesday. We encourage residents of the U.P. and those who hold the U.P. close to their heart to consider giving to an organization in the 906 area code. 

“Nonprofits are vital to the Upper Peninsula. They fill the gaps in services that our residents need,” said Amy Quinn, CEO of Grow & Lead. “I encourage everyone to give their time, talent or treasure to an organization that addresses a cause that you are passionate about. The U.P. has a great culture of giving. I’m excited to see the results of #give906.”

A regional committee will be meeting during the month of November to work to promote the campaign. If you’d like to be involved, contact Victoria at 

Where you can #give906 this #GivingTuesday 

Beacon House
Details coming soon!

Care Clinic 
Our goal for the #GivingTuesday campaign is $5,000. This year we are going to focus on a Client Services package to include raising money for a new exam table in our medical suite/Ultrasound office as well as an upgrade to our curriculum for our Earn While You Learn educational component.

Clear Lake Education Center Stewards Group
We will be making social media posts and will go live on social media. We will be presenting the Stewards Group’s projects at the Education Center – replacing the kitchen floor in the dining hall and the garage roof. Smaller but important projects that will have a great impact.

Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette
Encore Financial teams up with Spread the Goodness Day to benefit Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette (EHAM). Stop by Encore Financial at 702 Chippewa Sq in Marquette on Giving Tuesday between the hours of 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and drop off non-perishable food items to benefit the kids at KI Sawyer for Christmas Break. Ten canned goods get you a free T-Shirt! Enjoy some cookies and coco as well!

Great Lakes Boat Building School
We are hosting the “#Give2GLBBS $100,000 Challenge” starting on #GivingTuesday. This event will be promoted via email, Facebook, Instagram, newsletter drop, on our website and via regular mail. We will be going live to talk about the event and what we are raising $ for in the days leading up to the 27th and again the day of the event. An an anonymous donor has pledged to match, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, all donations from GLBBS supporters who give during a 24-hour period beginning on #GivingTuesday, November 27th at noon. Only donations received between noon (12:00p ET) on November 27th and noon on the 28th are eligible for the challenge. Cash donations can be made in person at Great Lakes Boat Building School. Donations via eCheck, credit, or debit cards are also accepted through the school’s website and by phone – these options will be made available on the 27th.

Gwinn All Sports Booster Club
Giving Tuesday will be the kick-off for our Gwinn Modeltowners “Restore the Floor” Gym Floor Renovation Project fundraiser. Our goal is to raise enough money over the next several months to renovate our gym floor. The renovation estimate is a little over $25,000 and falls into the category of a special project because it goes well beyond our yearly budget that we use to purchase uniforms and equipment for our sports teams. Our “Restore the Floor” campaign will primarily be run on our Facebook page, but we will host other fundraisers throughout the year at the school as well.

Hiawatha Music Co-Op
Details coming soon!

Ironwood Theatre
The Historic Ironwood Theatre is raising money for a $75,000 furnace/boiler project. We will put information on our website and Facebook.

Just Believe
Just Believe’s goal is to raise $1500 for the sunscreen dispenser project! Hopefully if $1500 is raised, Superior Health Foundation will match the $1500.

Keweenaw Community Foundation
We are campaigning for our non-profits in terms of our Energy Efficiency Initiative. We will be posting on our social media/website/local media outlets to inform them about #GivingTuesday. We will be sharing all posts/information that Give 906 will be sharing as well.

Keweenaw Family Resource Center
At the Keweenaw Family Resource Center children and families have been the very heart of our mission for over 25 years. We are committed to supporting, strengthening and enriching family life in the Keweenaw. This holiday season, Portage Health Foundation is supporting us in our mission to build strong families in the Keweenaw by matching donations made to The Keweenaw Family Resource Center as part of their Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is campaign for #GivingTuesday. All proceeds raised through this campaign by November 27, 2018 will be matched dollar for dollar by the foundation up to a cumulative match of $100,000. The Keweenaw Family Resource Center is one of only eleven local non-profits chosen to participate.

To have your donation matched through Portage Health Foundation’s Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is campaign: Donate online at or send a check made out to the Portage Health Foundation to the foundation at 400 Quincy St. PO Box 299, Hancock, MI 49930. Be sure to designate your gift for Keweenaw Family Resource Center (KFRC). Donations must be received on or before November 27, 2018 to be matched.

Liberty Children’s Art Project
We will be participating in all forms of social media that day to tell donors about our organization and it’s important mission.

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly
We will go live on Facebook on Giving Tuesday with our Executive Director and Staff at our office in Hancock. We are also posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. We have included this giving opportunity in donor letters that have been sent our for the Holidays.

Marquette Alger Resolution Service
Our goal is to raise awareness through social media about our School Attendance (truancy) mediation program and our restorative justice programs. We hope to have a new 30-second video put together to highlight the services.

Marquette Regional History Center

Back Up History.

In 2018 the Marquette Regional History Center turned 100. In 2018 the National Museum of Brazil burned down and priceless information was lost. In 2018 the Houghton County Historical Society flooded. Most of their collection was saved by fast-acting volunteers. Help us improve our digital infrastructure.

Messiah Lutheran Church
We will have an Open House at Messiah at 305 West Magnetic, from 10:00 to 6:00 on November 27th to raise funds for our church’s Community Assistance Program . We are partnering with St. Vincent de Paul of Marquette who will also hold an Open House that day at their store at 2119 Presque Isle Avenue from 10:00 to 6:00. Both groups are sponsored by the Thrivent Member Network. Refreshments, activities, music and prizes are on the agenda, as well as an opportunity to make a difference for those in our community who are struggling. Our goal is that each site will raise $20,000 that day.

Northern Initiatives
This year marks the 25th year Northern Initiatives has helped small businesses start and grow in Michigan. We believe every business needs money and know how. By providing loans and business services to starting and growing small businesses, we are helping communities thrive. On #givingtuesday of our 25th year, Northern Initiatives is asking 25 supporters to provide 25 gifts in the amounts of $25, $250, $2500, or $25,000. All donations raised will go towards helping an entrepreneur start a small business in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Portage Health Foundation
This year, the Portage Health Foundation is matching up to $100,000 in community donations that will go to 11 non-profits. Each individual who donates to PHF will write in the comments of the donation form or memo of their check which of the 11 non-profits they want their monies to go to. When the 27th of November has come and gone, PHF is hoping to be able to write a total of $200,000 in monies going to non-profits in the four-county community (Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon county). PHF’s #GivingTuesday fundraiser is taglined “Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is” because they believe that the non-profits impact everyone in the community in some capacity. By encouraging folks to put their money where their hearts are, we can work together to support the local non-profits.

Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital
Details coming soon!

Superior Health Foundation
The Indigent Care Fund is a product of a collaboration with the former Medical Care Access Coalition in which SHF was the proud recipient of $1.2 million. Investment earnings from this endowed fund will be used to support Indigent Care needs for U.P. non-profits. SHF is committed to growing this fund through the philanthropic, tax-deductible support of friends and donors across the Upper Peninsula.

St. Vincent de Paul – Marquette
The Marquette SVdP Thrift Store, 2119 Presque Isle Ave., is partnering with Thrivent Member Network on Giving Tuesday to raise funds for the SVdP Christmas Giveaway Program. We are inviting everyone to join us on Tuesday, November 27, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for Christmas music, coffee, cookies and the opportunity to decorate an ornament to make it a brighter Christmas for every family. Radio Results Network will be doing a live broadcast from the store. Anyone donating $5 or more on Giving Tuesday will receive a 20% off coupon to be used in the store. SVdP is doing this in collaboration with Messiah Lutheran Church to raise $20,000 at each location with the support of Thrivent Member Network.

UPAWS will be taking to social media to have a Virtual Retirement Party for their old building. As they are in the end of construction, but continuing to fundraise for our new Animal Community Center, they want to honor the years, the smiles, and the tears they spent in our old building. They are challenging the community to give $40 for 40 years to kick-off our year end giving and final stages of the capital campaign. 

Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy
It costs UPLC about $30 to protect each acre per year, to ensure that the experience of hiking around a sphagnum bog and feeling hundreds of years of moss under your feet will be available for coming generations.
It’s time to ask yourself right now what each of the 6,064 acres that UPLC protects are worth to you, and adopt an acre today. We need your help to protect land forever.

For each acre you adopt, we’ll pinpoint the land that you are responsible for, and add them to our interactive map for the whole year. If you’d like to give in honor of someone, or give anonymously, you can either fill in the form on the PayPal site or send an email to with your request. An acre of protected land would make a great gift!

We’ll also send you (or the person you’re honoring) a certificate that names you/them as the honorary Protector of the Land and indicates the exact coordinates of the acre(s) you help protect, so that you can go find them. Just be sure to fill out the donation form or send us an email with the information we need to send the certificate to the right address and we’ll make sure it gets there. When you get out to visit your adopted acres, take a picture of yourself with your adopted acres and post it on social media with #AdoptAnAcre and #landtodaylifetomorrow.
If you protect 40 acres or more, UPLC affiliates will personally accompany you next summer to visit your adopted acres and tell you the story of the land you’re protecting. ”

Our goal is to protect 167 acres in one day–that is, we want to raise $5,000 in 24 hours! Lofty goal? You bet! Necessary? Absolutely.

Women’s Center
The Women’s Center has embarked on an exciting campaign to pay off its shelter mortgage. A  matching gift opportunity will eliminate the mortgage on the only domestic violence shelter in our area.  The donors, Rod and Holly Aldrich, will match all gifts in 2018 that are directed to pay off the $507,000 mortgage.  Any pledge of $20,000 or more can be paid in two or more installments though 2019.


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About Grow & Lead

Grow & Lead provides youth-serving and nonprofit organizations with expertise, training and learning opportunities so that all youth can thrive in healthy communities across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Our focus on positive youth development leads us to serve all regional nonprofits. A strong nonprofit sector is essential to creating a healthy environment for youth. Nonprofit organizations play a key role in our region—serving children and families and making this a great place to live. View a list of our members, who are doing great work across the Upper Peninsula and beyond.

Grow & Lead supports these organizations by providing skill building workshops, tailored consulting and training, and spreading the word on new ideas, technology and other resources.