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Michigan Nonprofit Association

Incorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, capacity-building, data and technology, training, and advocacy. Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members.
Incorporated in 1990, MNA is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, capacity-building, data and technology, training, and advocacy.  Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members.

An Introduction to Working in Michigan's Nonprofit Sector

Employing nearly 11 percent of Michigan's workforce, the nonprofit sector has hundreds of thousands of employment opportunities.  No matter who you are, where you come from or where you are in your career, this guide (presented by MNA and the Council of Michigan Foundations) provides practical guidance and knowledge as a first step to establishing your ideal career in the nonprofit sector.  Click here to download this guide.

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Transforming Your Board

Need to diversify your board?  Check out this guide for transforming your board complete with action steps and links to other resources.  Nonprofit-Diversity-Inclusion-and-Equity.Transforming-Your-Board.January-2016.pdf

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Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Talent

Interested in diversifying your workplace?  Check out this guide for recruiting and retaining diverse talent complete with simple action steps and links to other resources.  Nonprofit-Diversity-Inclusion-and-Equity-Resource.October-2015.pdf

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Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice

Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice is a strong guide for private foundations and public charities that aspire to high standards of governance and ethical practice. Board and staff leaders of every charitable organization are encouraged to examine these principles carefully and determine how best they should be applied to their own operations.  MNA has partnered with Indepent Sector in the dissemination of this important document.  View the summary of these 33 Principles and Practices by clicking the link.  33-Principles-for-Good-Governance-and-Ethical-Practice.pdf  To download the full supporting document, visit  https://www.independentsector.org/principles_mna

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Advocacy and the nonprofits' bottom line

In this article, "Connect the Dots, Then Protect Yourselves and Your Nonprofits", Tim Delaney the President and CEO of the National Council of Nonprofits explores the important relationship between nonprofit advocacy and the financial stability of nonprofit organizations.  This article was originally published in LINKS, MNA's quarterly professional publication.  LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly.  MNA-Links-Spring-2015.Connect-the-Dots.pdf

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Technology and Practices for Managing Outcomes

How do you know whether your organization is making a difference?  View this article from LINKS, MNA's quarterly publication, to learn more from our friends at Idealware who talked with leaders of large nonprofits to learn about the technology and strategies they use to help themselves answer that question.  LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly.  MNA-Links-Fall-2015.Managing-Outcomes.pdf

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Document Retention Policies

Record retention is an important issue for nonprofit organizations.  While a sound record retention policy is a good business practice for all kinds of entities for legal and efficiency reasons, it's of particular importance to a sector that depends on the goodwill that comes from transparency and the trust of the public.  MNA-Links-Magazine-Document-Retention-article-summer-2015.pdf  The information and retention schedule provided in this article comes directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a must-have desktop resource for nonprofit managers, http://www.mnaonline.org/managementmanual.aspx.  This article was recently featured in LINKS, MNA's quarterly magazine publication.  LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly.

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Planning to Build Diversity at Your Nonprofit

Read this article from LINKS, MNA's quarterly magazine publication, to learn more about planning for and building diversity at your nonprofit.  LINKS is only available to MNA members, so if you find this article useful consider joining MNA to receive this informative publication regularly.  MNA-Links-Magazine-Diversity-Article-Summer-2015.pdf

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MNA's 2014 Compensation & Benefits Report Sheds Light on the Competitive Edge

Michigan nonprofits prove their value time and time again but it goes without saying that any organization whether it is a Fortune 500 corporation, foundation or nonprofit, is only as solid as the talent it is able to attract and retain. The environment for Michigan nonprofits requires that they create appropriate compensation packages if they want to stay competitive in the pool of employers who are looking for quality talent.

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Four Stages of Building a Working Relationship

Organizational psychologists know that groups go through four phases of development in building a relationship. Every team effort or group must pass through these phases before it begins truly to function efficiently and successfully on its own. View this article directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a comprehensive hands-on guide for nonprofit organizations.  MNA-Building-a-Working-Relationship-from-management-manual.pdf

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Gift Pyramid: A Great Tool for Fundraisers

Gift charts or gift pyramids are a simple tool to demonstrate whether a certain number of prospects making gifts as certain specific levels will achieve our financial goal. Gift charts can test the feasibility of a project, and they can test the adequacy of our fundraising strategies. View this sample directly from the Michigan Nonprofit Management Manual, a comprehensive hands-on guide for nonprofit organizations.  MNA-gift-pyramid-from-management-manual.pdf

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Benefits of Advocacy

There are many reasons why your nonprofit should advocate for those you serve and the resources you protect. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more about the top reasons.  MNA-Benefits-of-Advocacy-from-primer.pdf

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Are You Lobbying?

This easy reference chart will help you determine if various activities are considered lobbying. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more.  MNA-Are-You-Lobbying-chart-from-Advocacy-Primer.pdf

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Lobbying and the Law

There are state and federal laws to follow, but these laws should not stifle your organization’s voice. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more.  MNA-Lobbying-and-the-Law-from-MI-Advocacy-Primer.pdf

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The What and Why of Nonprofit Advocacy

Prepping your organization to engage in advocacy includes understanding the key definitions used in the field, as well as the purpose and benefits of this work. View this document directly from the “Nonprofit Advocacy: A Michigan Primer”, to learn more.  MNA-The-What-and-Why-of-Nonprofit-Advocacy-from-primer.pdf 

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