“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.