2018 Year in Review

Collaborating to Promote Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday, a national day of philanthropy, has grown nationally over the last six years,
but hadn’t quite caught on in the Upper Peninsula. After hearing from a number of grassroots organizations that Giving Tuesday needed a U.P. wide coordinator, Grow & Lead pulled together a committee of nonprofit leaders

Grow & Lead developed an information hub, give906.org, that allowed U.P. based nonprofits to post their projects and links. Media all over the region shared information on this site, making it simple for donors interested in learning more about Giving Tuesday to find opportunities in one place.

Additionally, we provided promotional materials and support by sharing organizations ’content on social media, streaming live on Facebook throughout the day and taking photos with 906 balloons.

Through an online survey, $405,440 in local Giving Tuesday donations has been reported so far!

Giving Tuesday isn’t the only way we’ve helped U.P. nonprofit organizations. In 2018, we’ve assisted 85 organizations with 146 requests for information. Our capacity-building services are available at no-to-low cost, thanks to donations from our communities. If you know a nonprofit in need of assistance, contact us at 906-228-8919.

Sharing Nonprofit Knowledge

Grow & Lead hosted the 2018 U.P. Nonprofit Conference in October. Topics covered at this year’s conference focused on leadership in the nonprofit sector. Keynote speaker, DemarraGardner, Principal Consultant at Change Agent Consulting, focused on balancing the head (skills and knowledge) with the heart (emotions) to become a consistent leader.

Chad Mager of Grow & Lead led an activity using case studies that let attendees discuss issues that nonprofits run into routinely and develop a best practice on moving forward.

The U.P. Service Awards were presented to five outstanding individuals and organizations that provide countless volunteer hours to their community. The day closed with a panel discussion on crisis communications.

Support from donors and sponsors helped us keep registration rates low for all attendees and provide seven scholarships to members that needed financial assistance to attend.

Developing Leaders for Tomorrow

Including youth voice in our work with nonprofits will not only guide us as we move forward, but it also helps youth to consider their possibilities. Here is one success story you helped write.

In 2015, Grow & Lead convened adults and youth from across the U.P. wanting to work together for community change. We recently received an update from Alli Sackett, who attended as a high school junior, on the impact that convening had on her trajectory.

When I attended the “Rise U.P. for Youth” convening in Marquette, I never knew it would help me see my future. I learned I had a strong voice and a big heart for helping people. And I left with a new friend, Karen [Karen Wolf, aka Wolfi, is an employee of Grow & Lead].  She was all about getting business done, with a good sense of humor mind you. She helped me and my peers at Ironwood Alternative School to organize our own youth summit at Gogebic Community College and persuade the school administration to have a youth survey done for the Gogebic/Ontonagon School District. 

The more I worked with Karen, the more I learned about options for my future and how to have my voice heard. I learned about nonprofit organizations. I knew I would want to be a part of one someday. I began working at Little Caesars after attempting college and I started volunteering every Thursday at DOVE bingo.

DOVEInc. is a nonprofit that provides services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and so much more for GogebicandIron Counties. After several months of volunteering, I was encouraged to apply for a job opening they had for a Client Advocate. Little did I know that would open so many opportunities for me.

I am now the Lead Advocate/Shelter Coordinator. I oversee advocate duties and assist in the training of new advocates. I provide client support, crisis intervention, safety planning and maintain the stability of the shelter. I’m also responsible for the intake and orientation of residents entering the shelter and assisting residents with exits. I support clients with their decisions and empower individuals to make the right choice for themselves. I am also responsible for maintaining positive communications, resolving interpersonal conflicts, observing safety, health and sanitation code.

Being able to empower and encourage clients to make their own decisions and being proud of their own choices is one of the most rewarding opportunities in my job. Working at DOVE Inc. is a blessing. I truly do love my job.

Honoring Outstanding Students

In April, Grow & Lead was honored to recognize 48 area high school seniors for their academic achievement. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship at the 25th annual Excellence in Education Week program. In addition, $500 professional development awards were presented to 25 Marquette and Alger county educators to further academic training or enhance classroom activities.

“Since this program started in 1994, we’ve been fortunate to work with schools, businesses, foundations and individuals in Marquette and Alger counties to recognize students, their families and their teachers for the culmination of their hard work.” – Amy Quinn, CEO, Grow & Lead

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

Marquette County residents, business, organization receive U.P. Service Awards

Marquette County residents, business, organization receive U.P. Service Awards

Three Marquette County residents, a business and a nonprofit organization were honored during the 10th annual U.P. Service Awards program at the recent U.P. Nonprofit Conference. The awards are given annually by Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development to recognize exemplary volunteer and charitable efforts throughout the U.P. in the categories of youth, under… 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