OUR MISSION

Michigan Community Resources advances the missions of Michigan nonprofit organizations that serve low income individuals and communities through pro bono and low cost legal and other professional services, organization development, and trusted guidance.

We envision strong Michigan communities build on strong organizations, strong leaders, and a strong nonprofit network.

 

Upcoming Events

Feb
22
Fri
Life Remodeled: Fourth Friday Fundraising @ Durfee Innovation Society
Feb 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

 

The Life Remodeled team, led by Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder, is looking to flip the script and shatter some fundraising myths by hosting an enlightening 10 part lunch and learn series on what it takes to achieve high caliber and effective fund development.

Join LR and hundreds of representatives from non-profits throughout the greater metro-Detroit area on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the Durfee Innovation Society to learn from some of the major players in the philanthropy world– funders, donors, volunteers and non-profit staff, who are looking for insight into creating a strong development strategy.


Schedule:

Session #1 :: Friday, February 22, 2019
My Journey with Fundraising: From Transactional to Transformational
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #2 :: Friday, March 22, 2019
Developing + Delivering Your Pitch
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled and Dan Zwolak, CEO, seeds marketing+design

Session #3 :: Friday, April 26, 2019
Major Gifts + Making “The Ask”
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Ed Russell, President at Russell Development; and Lisa Payne, Former CFO of Taubman; Additional Speaker TBD

Session #4 :: Friday, May 24, 2019
How to Craft + Share Your Personal Story + Why This is Super Important
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #5 :: Friday, June 28, 2019
The Art of the Nonprofit Fundraising CEO
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest; Kevin Roach, CEO of Methodist Children’s Home Society; Brett Tillander, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties; and Dr. Darienne B. Driver, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Session #6 :: Friday, July 26, 2019
Fundraising Administration
Featuring Brooke Adams, Fundraising Manager at Life Remodeled and Pat McQueen SVP Education at Salesforce

Session #7 :: Friday, August 23, 2019
Corporate Giving
Featuring Doug Maibach, Executive Vice President at Barton Malow; Rebecca Ndombi, Social Responsibility Manager at Sun Communities; Additional Speakers TBD

Session #8 :: Friday, September 27, 2019
Measuring Impact: Why + What + How
Featuring Romy Kochan, CEO of Gingras Global

Session #9 :: Friday, October 25, 2019
Discussion with Foundation CEOs/EDs
Featuring Tonya Allen, President + CEO at The Skillman Foundation and Additional Speakers TBD

Session #10 :: Friday, November 22, 2019
In-Kind Donations
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Harvey Berman, Construction, Contracts & Real Estate Attorney with Bodman; Terri Rubis, Environmental Account Manager at ARCADIS; Jeff Lane, Connector at Life Remodeled


Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 per person. Lunch will be provided, and $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to one randomly drawn nonprofit organization in attendance each month.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased for each individual session. Please be sure you are purchasing the correct ticket for the session and date you are looking to attend.

Any questions related to the event can be directed to Brooke Adams at brooke@liferemodeled.com.

Feb
23
Sat
Detroit Month of Design Info Session @ Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th annual Detroit Month of Design this September. The citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Join us for an informational session where you can:

>> LEARN what is new for 2019
>> CONNECT with others involved in the design community
>> ENGAGE by joining our Design Ambassador Program or Detroit Design Network

>>ADDRESS:
Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley St #600, Detroit, MI 48216. Next door to the DTE Payment Center.

>>PARKING
Free parking available in the rear of the building.

Questions: Email info@detroitc3.com

The Detroit Month of Design is produced by Design Core Detroit

Feb
24
Sun
DEAL Race & Justice Reporting Initiative Application Deadline
Feb 24 all-day

CALL FOR PITCHES

Are you a journalist with talent and passion for covering the environment and justice in Detroit?

The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is offering four mini-grants of $1,000 each to report on environmental stories in Detroit. Specifically, we are looking for stories that demonstrate how industrial pollution, high water and energy costs, large burdens of toxic pollution, and climate change disproportionately impact communities of color or low-income. Stories may also examine how communities are responding to these impacts through self-advocacy and self-healing.

The goals of this initiative are to:
  1. Inform the general public on pressing environmental issues in Detroit.
  2. Spread awareness within Black, People of Color and low-income populations about the environmental issues they face.
  3. Disseminate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations and evidence-based solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to cover critical issues about the environment in low-income, Black or immigrant communities, and receive funding to help cover transportation and other reporting expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants should write no more than a one-page pitch describing their project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, explain its timeliness and why this topic needs coverage—just as you would to an editor in a story pitch. The pitch should demonstrate enough preliminary research to make clear there’s really a story, and that it will be possible for the applicant to successfully report it.

Applicants should have done some preliminary research and will have identified 2-3 potential sources to demonstrate that they have a reporting plan. Web and video applications should demonstrate the same reporting focus as long-form written stories, emphasizing context and history.

Please include in the application:

    1. A one-page pitch with relevance to Detroit.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. An email exchange from an editor/producer agreeing to receive the pitch/story idea for likely publication or broadcast. (If needed we can help with getting your story placed.)
    4. No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. Please include links to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or in the application document.
    5. Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or Adobe PDF file to detroitequityactionlab@gmail.com with “Reporting Initiative Application” included in the subject line.

Deadline

Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2019. This is a hard deadline. We will quickly turn around the applications and choose the fellows no later than March 10.

If awarded, each fellow receives $1,000 and will be expected to participate in an afternoon session with experts working on environmental issues.

Fellows will have two months to produce a print, radio, or video piece.

For more information, visit DEAL’s website at https://sites.google.com/view/detroitequity/stories/apply.

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MCR NEWS

Feature 1

Michigan Community Resources Announces Shamyle Dobbs as New CEO

Michigan Community Resources is proud to announce Shamyle Dobbs as our new CEO!

With over 17 years of experience in nonprofit management, Shamyle brings to the CEO position a deep institutional understanding of MCR as well as an unparalleled passion for the good work done by organizations and community leaders MCR serves.

Formerly the Chief Program Officer, Shamyle has played an integral role in shaping the work at MCR since 2008. A native New Yorker and graduate of New York University, Shamyle moved to Michigan in 2001 to complete her Master of Social Work at the University of Michigan and went on to receive a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School.

With her core philosophy being that of servant leadership, she embodies practices that enrich the lives of individuals, build stronger organizations, and ultimately create a more just and caring world.

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Upcoming Events

Feb
22
Fri
Life Remodeled: Fourth Friday Fundraising @ Durfee Innovation Society
Feb 22 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

 

The Life Remodeled team, led by Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder, is looking to flip the script and shatter some fundraising myths by hosting an enlightening 10 part lunch and learn series on what it takes to achieve high caliber and effective fund development.

Join LR and hundreds of representatives from non-profits throughout the greater metro-Detroit area on the fourth Friday of the month from 11:30 – 1 p.m. at the Durfee Innovation Society to learn from some of the major players in the philanthropy world– funders, donors, volunteers and non-profit staff, who are looking for insight into creating a strong development strategy.


Schedule:

Session #1 :: Friday, February 22, 2019
My Journey with Fundraising: From Transactional to Transformational
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #2 :: Friday, March 22, 2019
Developing + Delivering Your Pitch
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled and Dan Zwolak, CEO, seeds marketing+design

Session #3 :: Friday, April 26, 2019
Major Gifts + Making “The Ask”
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Ed Russell, President at Russell Development; and Lisa Payne, Former CFO of Taubman; Additional Speaker TBD

Session #4 :: Friday, May 24, 2019
How to Craft + Share Your Personal Story + Why This is Super Important
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled

Session #5 :: Friday, June 28, 2019
The Art of the Nonprofit Fundraising CEO
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Kirk Mayes, CEO of Forgotten Harvest; Kevin Roach, CEO of Methodist Children’s Home Society; Brett Tillander, CEO of Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland and Macomb Counties; and Dr. Darienne B. Driver, President & CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan

Session #6 :: Friday, July 26, 2019
Fundraising Administration
Featuring Brooke Adams, Fundraising Manager at Life Remodeled and Pat McQueen SVP Education at Salesforce

Session #7 :: Friday, August 23, 2019
Corporate Giving
Featuring Doug Maibach, Executive Vice President at Barton Malow; Rebecca Ndombi, Social Responsibility Manager at Sun Communities; Additional Speakers TBD

Session #8 :: Friday, September 27, 2019
Measuring Impact: Why + What + How
Featuring Romy Kochan, CEO of Gingras Global

Session #9 :: Friday, October 25, 2019
Discussion with Foundation CEOs/EDs
Featuring Tonya Allen, President + CEO at The Skillman Foundation and Additional Speakers TBD

Session #10 :: Friday, November 22, 2019
In-Kind Donations
Featuring Chris Lambert, CEO + Founder of Life Remodeled; Harvey Berman, Construction, Contracts & Real Estate Attorney with Bodman; Terri Rubis, Environmental Account Manager at ARCADIS; Jeff Lane, Connector at Life Remodeled


Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance for $15 per person. Lunch will be provided, and $5 from every ticket sold will be donated to one randomly drawn nonprofit organization in attendance each month.

Please note: Tickets must be purchased for each individual session. Please be sure you are purchasing the correct ticket for the session and date you are looking to attend.

Any questions related to the event can be directed to Brooke Adams at brooke@liferemodeled.com.

Feb
23
Sat
Detroit Month of Design Info Session @ Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center
Feb 23 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Design Core Detroit is honored to celebrate the 9th annual Detroit Month of Design this September. The citywide celebration of creativity will gather designers and enthusiasts to celebrate Detroit’s role as a national and global design capital. Join us for an informational session where you can:

>> LEARN what is new for 2019
>> CONNECT with others involved in the design community
>> ENGAGE by joining our Design Ambassador Program or Detroit Design Network

>>ADDRESS:
Mexicantown Latino Cultural Center, 2835 Bagley St #600, Detroit, MI 48216. Next door to the DTE Payment Center.

>>PARKING
Free parking available in the rear of the building.

Questions: Email info@detroitc3.com

The Detroit Month of Design is produced by Design Core Detroit

Feb
24
Sun
DEAL Race & Justice Reporting Initiative Application Deadline
Feb 24 all-day

CALL FOR PITCHES

Are you a journalist with talent and passion for covering the environment and justice in Detroit?

The Detroit Equity Action Lab (DEAL), an initiative of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights, is offering four mini-grants of $1,000 each to report on environmental stories in Detroit. Specifically, we are looking for stories that demonstrate how industrial pollution, high water and energy costs, large burdens of toxic pollution, and climate change disproportionately impact communities of color or low-income. Stories may also examine how communities are responding to these impacts through self-advocacy and self-healing.

The goals of this initiative are to:
  1. Inform the general public on pressing environmental issues in Detroit.
  2. Spread awareness within Black, People of Color and low-income populations about the environmental issues they face.
  3. Disseminate information about new scientific findings, policy debates, innovations and evidence-based solutions.

This is a unique opportunity to cover critical issues about the environment in low-income, Black or immigrant communities, and receive funding to help cover transportation and other reporting expenses.

How to Apply

Applicants should write no more than a one-page pitch describing their project topic, how the subject will be researched and covered, explain its timeliness and why this topic needs coverage—just as you would to an editor in a story pitch. The pitch should demonstrate enough preliminary research to make clear there’s really a story, and that it will be possible for the applicant to successfully report it.

Applicants should have done some preliminary research and will have identified 2-3 potential sources to demonstrate that they have a reporting plan. Web and video applications should demonstrate the same reporting focus as long-form written stories, emphasizing context and history.

Please include in the application:

    1. A one-page pitch with relevance to Detroit.
    2. An updated resume.
    3. An email exchange from an editor/producer agreeing to receive the pitch/story idea for likely publication or broadcast. (If needed we can help with getting your story placed.)
    4. No more than three samples of published or broadcast journalistic work. Please include links to these stories — either on a news organization’s website or in the application document.
    5. Applications must be submitted in a single Microsoft Word, Google Doc, or Adobe PDF file to detroitequityactionlab@gmail.com with “Reporting Initiative Application” included in the subject line.

Deadline

Applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. February 24, 2019. This is a hard deadline. We will quickly turn around the applications and choose the fellows no later than March 10.

If awarded, each fellow receives $1,000 and will be expected to participate in an afternoon session with experts working on environmental issues.

Fellows will have two months to produce a print, radio, or video piece.

For more information, visit DEAL’s website at https://sites.google.com/view/detroitequity/stories/apply.

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