A couple months ago MNA with the Council of Michigan Foundations, and the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University released the 2009 Economic Benefits of Michigan’s Nonprofit Sector report. This report, released every three to four years, helps demonstrate the strength and size of Michigan’s nonprofit sector and should be used by nonprofits when advocating for funding, considering partnerships or mergers, or leading conversations in your community.
As we shared in an earlier blog, new to the report this year is the ability dig into detailed regional tables. Regions are searchable by type of nonprofit (public charities, private foundations and noncharitable nonprofits) and geography of interest (i.e. county, metropolitan, etc.) This allows you to take an up close look of how nonprofit organizations are fairing in your community. Understanding the detailed regional tables can seem overwhelming at first look, MNA hosted a webinar with Jeff Williams of Public Sector Consultants where we discussed the scope of the nonprofit sector in Michigan, the content of the study and how the data was compiled, and how to find and download reports specific to your region.
Other research to be aware of and use when discussing your nonprofit’s work in the community, are the quarterly reports by the Michigan Nonprofit Research Program. In April. MNRP surveyed over 175 nonprofits in Michigan to assess the trends of government funding in Michigan’s nonprofit sector. The survey found 33% of organizations reported delays at the local level. 26% reported delays at the State level, and 16% reported delays at the Federal level.
MNRP is a program of Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University. The quarterly reports are completed to evaluate how certain trends and economic issues are affecting the nonprofit community. Use the reports to get a pulse of how nonprofits across the state compare to your organization. You can find the latest quarterly report here.