Giving Tuesday: Northern Michigan Style

Your Northern Michigan MyNorth Guide to Giving


Tutors needed! Grand Traverse Area Literary Council: "There are few bigger gifts you can give to an individual—or your community—than the gift of literacy."

Tutors needed! Grand Traverse Area Literary Council: “There are few bigger gifts you can give to an individual—or your community—than the gift of literacy.”

“This is the time of year when envelopes, brochures and glossy postcards begin arriving in our mailboxes, each bearing the stories of amazing nonprofit endeavors around the world that need our support. We are asked to help feed hungry children in Africa, save wildlife in Indonesia and eliminate polio in our time… Donating internationally or throughout the United States is, obviously, really important and very meaningful. But equally important is donating within Northern Michigan, giving back to a region that has given so much to each of us.

Northern Michigan does not have large corporations whose hefty donations move our nonprofit efforts forward year after year. Northern Michigan has us—individuals who care deeply about this region, whether we live here or choose to spend our precious free time here. Northern Michigan has us—people who care about the quality of the lives and the landscape of this region and reach into our pockets and our calendars to help. (Camp Quality video below is a great example!)

The traditional giving season is upon us. Our goal with this Northern Michigan MyNorth Guide to Giving is that, through its pages, our outstanding local nonprofits get the chance to tell their stories in a piece that commands the same kind of attention—or more—as larger nonprofits in our stack of mail. The hope is that readers can relax and make decisions about donating valued time and money, and, equally important, be able to return to the Guide to Giving often as decisions are made.”  [Read Deborah Wyatt Fellows complete Editor’s Note here.]

Check out just a sampling of our neighborhood non-profits doing amazing work all over northern Michigan. Whether it is financial support or simply rolling up your sleeves to volunteer, we hope you participate this year in Giving Tuesday and during the rest of the season in true, northern Michigan style.

In the last year, Child and Family Services shook up its approach to youth mental health—launching a new health center that integrates behavioral counseling within a traditional medical care setting and tripling participation in counseling services in just a year.

In the last year, Child and Family Services shook up its approach to youth mental health—launching a new health center that integrates behavioral counseling within a traditional medical care setting and tripling participation in counseling services in just a year.

Habitat for Humanity Depot Neighborhood project is a 10-home, "net-zero" energy development. "Making something affordable is not just about the cost to build the house; it's about the cost to live in the house after your purchase it."

Habitat for Humanity‘s Depot Neighborhood project is a 10-home, “net-zero” energy development. “Making something affordable is not just about the cost to build the house; it’s about the cost to live in the house after your purchase it,” says Executive Director Wendy Irvin.

Camp Quality: where kids at all stages of their battles with cancer get together for one of two weeklong summer camps across Michigan. Best of all, the whole camp experience is completely free—including volunteer medical care for those who are in treatment.

Camp Quality: where kids at all stages of their battles with cancer get together for one of two weeklong summer camps across Michigan. Best of all, the whole camp experience is completely free, including volunteer medical care for those who are in treatment. Check out the MyNorth Video below!

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