We advance the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals and communities.

We do this through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organizational development, and trusted guidance.

In response to COVID-19, we’re offering FREE LEGAL SUPPORT for nonprofits and small businesses to address issues arising from the pandemic.

*** We’re hiring! Learn more at mi-community.org/opportunities. ***



For over 20 years, Michigan Community Resources has provided services that build the capacity of other nonprofit organizations to achieve their missions.

Established in 1998 as Community Legal Resources, MCR has grown from a legal services provider to a comprehensive support organization for nonprofit and community-based organizations made possible by a broad network of pro bono attorneys and other specialized volunteers.


Since 1991, Friends of Parkside has served The Villages at Parkside, an affordable housing  community on Detroit’s eastside.

In 2018, under the leadership of director Zachary Rowe, they sought legal assistance from MCR to address a pressing concern that threatened the organization’s future.

Today, thanks to the help of MCR’s network of pro bono attorneys, Friends of Parkside is stronger than ever.


Nonprofit Start-Up Assistance

We support Michigan organizations in obtaining 501(c)(3) status, developing bylaws and articles of incorporation, establishing and growing a board of directors, and more.

Network Building and Collaboration

We take part in cross-sector collaborations to help nonprofit organizations overcome systemic barriers to success, including structural racism and social inequality.

Pro Bono Consulting for Nonprofits

We offer free, one-hour consultation on a variety of nonprofit organizational needs, including Program Planning, Grant Review, Resident Engagement, and more.


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Our newsletter comes out biweekly and includes events and programs for nonprofits and community leaders from MCR and our partners, local nonprofit and community news, grants and other fund development resources, opportunities for skills-based volunteering to support nonprofit organizations, and more.