The need for technology has been heightened since Michigan nonprofits began complying with “Stay at Home” policies as a result of COVID-19. This virtual session will highlight ways nonprofits have leveraged technology to continue to meet the needs of those they serve. In addition, guest speakers will offer practical tips and cover legal concerns for taking the workplace virtual.

Join us as we explore how in these critical times nonprofit boards can demonstrate exceptional leadership, serve as valued partners, and support team culture.


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As nonprofits and small businesses begin to reopen in the weeks and months ahead, our COVID-19 Virtual Legal Clinic is here to help! Our clinic offers nonprofit leaders and small business owners the opportunity to receive FREE LEGAL ADVICE during a 45-minute consultation by phone or video conference with a volunteer attorney.

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There is strength in numbers. More people counted means more power and money for Michigan residents. Michigan stands to lose millions of dollars in federal support for programs that use census data.

Crain's: Co.act Detroit awards $1.4 million in pilot round of funding

Nonprofit support center Co.act Detroit has awarded its pilot round of grants totaling $1.4 million to help local nonprofits strengthen their operations and spur collaboration in the sector. The Activate Fund grants are part of $5 million in support the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation made in late 2017 to develop a capacity-building system for nonprofits in Southeast Michigan. The goal is to assess the impact the pilot grants make to inform future programs and grants, Co.act Executive Director Allandra Bulger said when the Activate Fund launched last year.

Model D: Why these 21 Detroit CDOs are taking a stand on police brutality

While community development organizations don't typically weigh in on issues like police brutality, nonprofits recently did just that in an open letter released as part of an coalition of Motor City community development organizations called the Detroit 21, which is composed of the directors of 21 Detroit CDOs. After hearing about Floyd's death and then watching the response of local law enforcement authorities to protesters calling for justice, the Detroit 21 felt compelled to address the issue of police-community relations head-on. Following a spirited discussion, the leadership of The Detroit 21 decided to take a public stance with their statement, "An open letter from community leaders: A vision of resiliency where police violence is not tolerated." Among other things, it calls for a demilitarization of police and support for protesters exercising their democratic right to free speech.

Michigan Advance: U.S. Census Bureau cuts short door-to-door effort, could cost Michigan

The U.S. Census Bureau was supposed to wrap up its door knocking efforts at the end of October, but on Wednesday quietly moved that date up to the end of September — which could cut critical funding allocated based on census data for the state of Michigan. NPR reported Thursday that the in-person interviews for the census will end on Sept. 30, rather than Oct. 31 when efforts were expected to conclude. Kerry Ebersole Singh, director of the Michigan 2020 Statewide Census campaign, said she learned of the change in plans from media reports and is concerned that the shortened timeline will affect Michigan’s overall count. As it stands, without any in-person efforts yet started in Michigan, 68.7% of Michiganders have filled out their census form. This is only a small increase of 1% from mid-June.

Crain's: MEDC accepting applications for $115 million in relief grants for small businesses, food processors, farms
Economic development agencies in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb are getting a combined $34.1 million for grants to small businesses to help entrepreneurs restart their operations. Small businesses can apply for grants of up to $20,000 from the $100 million fund, which comes from federal coronavirus relief aid through the CARES Act. The state's economic development agency will be accepting applications for both grant programs through Wednesday, August 5th.
Stronger Nonprofits Initiative application now available
IFF’s Stronger Nonprofits Initiative aims to reduce structural barriers that nonprofit leaders of color face in accessing valuable tools and resources related to financial management and real estate planning. The 14-month curriculum includes online virtual training sessions focused on team-based nonprofit financial management, combined with peer learning, one-on-one financial coaching, customized real estate consulting, and special networking opportunities. Complete information on eligibility and application process are available following the links below. Applications are due Friday, August 28th at 4 p.m.
PPP application deadline extended to August 8th
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act's Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020 in response to the president signing the program's extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8th.
MCR's COVID-19 Legal Alerts & Resources for Nonprofits and Small Businesses
Michigan Community Resources' dedicated COVID-19 web resources include a full list of our recently published Legal Alerts and a collection of external links providing news, updates, and advice to keep Michigan nonprofits informed and equipped during this unprecedented time.
MIOSHA COVID-19 Training for Immigrant Small Businesses and TA Providers
Due to the overwhelming response and inquiry from business owners and stakeholders, Global Detroit has teamed up with the Office of Global Michigan and Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Administration (MIOSHA) to host two webinars on how to support immigrant small business owners in navigating the process and procedures to safely operate their business under COVID-19 re-opening guidelines. The State of Michigan requires all businesses to have developed a plan to institute safety measures. Businesses that do not comply could be fined. Global Detroit invites you to join a webinar on August 12th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Safely Re-Opening Workshop: Save the Date & Pre-Survey
To support community partners as they work to re-open safely, the UM-Detroit Center, The Ginsberg Center, and the UM School of Social Work ENGAGE team are hosting a safe reopening workshop with Dr. Scott Page on August 12th, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. The workshop will emphasize how organizations and communities can re-open without putting people at increased risk of catching the virus. To make the event as productive as possible, facilitators have put together a five-question survey. Please RSVP and complete the pre-survey using the link below.
Michigan Community Resources is hosting virtual Office Hours sessions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Office Hours offers free consultation for nonprofit and community organization leaders with one of our expert staff. Topics include community engagement, fund development, program planning, marketing, succession planning, and more. Space is limited, apply today!
Please note: Michigan Community Resources is continuing to observe remote work practices to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our office will be closed until further notice. You can still reach our staff by phone and email.
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