Granting Wishes Plus

I currently serve as board chair for the Youth & Family Center at Lake Superior Village. The program is a collaboration between the Marquette Housing Commission, the YMCA and GLCYD.  Earlier this year, Tyler McCabe, the program director, and I applied for some local grant opportunities through Zonta of Marquette and the Community Foundation of Marquette County. We also submitted a grant application to purchase a half dozen Chromebooks for the afterschool homework room through Dollar General.

We were fortunate to receive these three grants. They funded three summer field trips and a special program for the girls. And the computers will allow the youth to use the same technology they use in school. Finding out you have been approved for a grant is like winning an Oscar when you work in the nonprofit realm. It is necessary to put time and effort into the application process, but you get so much in return.

Things I didn’t anticipate I would receive in the course of the grant process include:

  • Collaboration/connection with the funding organizations and other awardees.
  • Board due diligence and involvement: Gaining a better perspective as a collaborative board member of what is truly involved in the program. This allows me to make more informed decisions on a board level.
  • A better understanding of the grant process, including the case statement, budget, plan, carrying out the plan, and reporting/closing it out.
  • Opportunities to promote GLCYD at award presentations and on social media as part of the collaboration, demonstrating the organization’s leadership in the youth sector.

These experiences bring a new perspective to my interactions with nonprofits and community members. Having gone through this experience, I know that I am more knowledgeable and confident in sharing this information and encouraging others to go for it.

If you wish to learn more about grant writing, we have two breakout sessions at the U.P. Nonprofit Conference on October 12th at NMU that you may be interested in: An Overview of Grant Writing with Kristin Beck, NMU, and Tips, Tactics and Pitfalls of Budget Development with Erica Goff, NMU.

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

Let’s rise to the challenge of adverse childhood experiences

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Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey named Keynote Speakers

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We have a new name!

We have a new name!

Great Lakes Center for Youth Development announced today that it is changing the company name to Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development. Grown & Lead: Community and Youth Development will continue to be the the go-to organization for nonprofit management and youth development resources in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. ”Over the years, it’s become apparent… Continue Reading

On the Fringe

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Be a U.P. Nonprofit Conference Presenter!

Be a U.P. Nonprofit Conference Presenter!

You are invited to share your expertise at GLCYD’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference which will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017 at Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI. Workshops are a maximum of 60 minutes in length. Proposals that address and support issues of youth development, nonprofit management and personal development are encouraged. View RFP 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