Posts Tagged ‘nonprofit’


Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

PIFanyNow is a nonprofit organization focused on starting a revolution of kindness. The concept behind ePIFanyNow is to motivate individuals to positively impact other's lives. The world can sometimes seem overrun with stress and negativity, so ePIFanyNow works to bring people together to make a difference, even if it doesn’t cost a cent. “We encourage people to help others all year round,” says Bob Hoffman, founder of ePIFanyNow. “We hand out cards for people to pass on to others to Read more [...]

The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Homelessness is a nationwide issue and here in Michigan, the problem can be even harder to address with harsh winter weather. The Michigan Coalition Against Homelessness (MCAH) is a statewide association consisting of housing, shelter, and service providers. MCAH provides useful information, data, training, best practices and advocacy on the issues involving affordable housing and human services. MCAH also advocates public awareness, collaboration, data collection and technical assistance to Read more [...]

The Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

The Michigan Council on Alcohol Problems (MICAP) educates Michigan citizens about the consequences of the abuse of alcohol beverages and other impairing drugs and promotes public policies that eliminate or mitigate those consequences. “MICAP’s mission is to bring help to children, youths and adults, especially those who may be or have been harmed by alcohol or other impairing drugs,” says Linda Keefe-Lewis, president of MICAP. According to MICAP, the cost of alcohol-related problems Read more [...]

The Association for Children’s Mental Health

Written by Kyle Dowling. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

With a rise in global awareness for mental health problems, it's good to have an organization like The Association for Children's Mental Health. The ACMH is an organization that's purpose is to provide advocacy to individual children and their families across Michigan. They work to help secure the most appropriate and effective services and help for people in need that is possible. The ACMH was founded in 1989 by two parents, whose children suffered from emotional disorders, in order to support Read more [...]

East Lansing Film Festival & Series

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Calling all movie lovers across the greater Lansing area! Mark your calendars because the East Lansing Film Festival (ELFF) is coming to a theater near you starting Thursday, Oct. 30. With around 4,000 attendees every year, the ELFF features everything from short films, documentaries, feature films and student films from the Lake Michigan region and across the world. Founder and Director, Susan Woods said, “People can experience the art of cinema that you usually can’t get at mainstream Read more [...]

The Arts Council of Greater Lansing

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Since 1965 the Arts Council of Greater Lansing has empowered both lovers and creators of art. The Arts Council’s mission is to build a strong basis for overall growth in the Lansing community for artists and arts and cultural foundations. “Our work is really to support, strengthen and promote arts and culture in the greater Lansing area,” said Executive Director Deborah E. Mikula. “An arts council begins its work because they find that there is a lack of artistic endeavors that are happening Read more [...]

East Lansing Educational Foundation

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

Since September of 1984, the East Lansing Educational Foundation’s (ELEF) mission has been to “enhance excellence in public education by raising and distributing private resources for the benefit and enrichment of all students.” ELEF’s president, Mindy Emerson said, “Strong schools, which maintain high standards and opportunities, are a hallmark of a successful city when attracting new businesses and residents. ELEF wants that tradition of excellence to continue in the face of perpetually Read more [...]

Gateway Community Services

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

In 1970, Louis Hekius, a former Michigan State University Dean and professor, started Gateway Community Services. Originally known as the Drug Education Center, the organization was created with the intent of helping people with drug abuse, problem pregnancies, crisis therapy and family intervention. In 1974, Gateway changed its name and shifted its mission to focus on serving the unaccompanied runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. Executive Director Mark Morton said, “Obviously, youth who are Read more [...]

Potter Park Zoological Society

Written by Danielle OBrien. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

When it officially opened in 1920, Potter Park Zoo became Michigan’s first public zoo and has continued to provide visitors with the opportunity to understand the importance of science and nature for almost a century. Situated on nearly 100 acres and featuring more than 600 animals representing 160 different species, Potter Park Zoo is one of Lansing’s greatest assets. “Each day at Potter Park we work to inspire people to become better stewards of our natural world,” said Zoo Director Read more [...]

Lansing Area Safety Council

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Features, Nonprofit Profile

The Lansing Area Safety Council is a unique nonprofit organization that has been serving the community since 1939 when it started as a grassroots gathering. Executive Director Allie Whitford said they offer services ranging from traffic to children’s safety. “Our mission is to promote safety in the Lansing community through various forms of education,” Whitford said. “We are proud of our history of helping people in the Lansing area and we look forward to continuing our growth.” Whitford Read more [...]

Haven House

Written by Katelyn Sweet. Posted in Nonprofit Profile

Celebrating their 30-year anniversary, Angie Mayeaux, executive director of Haven House, said the nonprofit service has moved more than 150 families from emergency situations into housing and stability this year alone. Haven House is an emergency housing shelter and support center for families. Previously a sorority house, Haven House is located at 121 Whitehills in East Lansing and has seven bedrooms, allowing for 28 residents at a time. Something that Mayeaux said sets Haven House apart from Read more [...]

Mother Flippin’: A New Nonprofit, A New Legacy

Written by Tashmica Torok. Posted in Columns, Mother Flippin'

I was born stargazing. Instead of coming out of my mother’s birth canal facing downward, I assumed the less likely position of facing upward causing my mother a longer and more painful birth. My mother was in labor for 24 long hours with no epidural. God bless her. When I announced that I would be sharing my personal survival story with 100 people on July 31, I was not thinking about how I was born. I was thinking about a particular memory in my childhood that I had been researching for a book Read more [...]


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