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We're learning to work in new ways to support changemakers and build a region that is fair, thriving and resilient. As we invite changemakers to join us in learning to be more inclusive, collaborative, resourceful, reflective, adaptive and aligned - our Guiding Principes and also our Grant Criteria - we're sharing the resources and conversations that are shaping our organizational strategy. Learn with us here.


by sakura
Five years ago, Rotary Charities began a journey to shift our focus from charity to changemaking in an effort to better help our region tackle our most complex problems and create community assets for all. We have much work ahead.

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by Miriam
Good Samaritan Family Services has grown its programming over 30 years to support its neighbors in Ellsworth, MI. With support of an Assets for Thriving Communities grant, their Family Center buildout is now complete.

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by freya
This is the second in a series of blogs about different aspects of systems change work. This series is about making different choices about how we work and what we work on when we are aiming for community-level change in our most complex problems. These are choices that require we walk upstream, together, to investigate why our problem looks the way it does downriver.

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by Miriam
With the support of a $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant the Traverse City office will serve at least 250 immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers living in Northern Michigan communities during the next two years.

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by freya
Exploring the unique power of story in systems change work.

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by Miriam
With the support of a $50,000 Rotary Charities Assets for Thriving Communities grant, The Botanic Garden at Historic Barns Park plans to transform a 1900’s era dairy barn into an education center and develop a children's sensory garden, projects that embody the “beauty is therapy” ideal that guided the institution which shaped the land.

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by Miriam
With the support of a $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant, the nonprofit Bay Community Theatre plans to replace outdated and crumbling infrastructure and provide engaging experiences for the community with a keen interest in accessibility and affordability.

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by freya
The first in a four-part blog series exploring different aspects of systems change work: convening, connecting & committing; finding leverage points for change; designing interventions to change systems; and learning as we go.

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by Miriam
A $50,000 Assets for Thriving Communities grant will support a collaborative effort to re-route the North Country Trail through downtown Kalkaska and create a non-motorized accessible trailhead and boardwalk along the Boardman River.

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by freya
Last month, Rotary Charities officially launched a new service to support grantees working to change the roots of complex community problems. The pilot will include all grantees taking a collaborative systems approach and will make 5 to 10 hours of coaching from systems change experts available at no cost.

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by Miriam
Wendy Irvin, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTR, shares some of the best advice that has guided her career and volunteerism, and what makes a great board member.

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by admin
Kristin joins Rotary Charities as Director of Community Development

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by Miriam
GTRLC, NMISN and WC shifting mindsets by providing the tools and opportunities to be land stewards

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by admin
We came together from diverse perspectives to care for one another, work together, and find new ways of addressing the challenges our communities face.

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by Miriam
Kalkaska village officials are leading an effort to honor the town's history and revitalize the downtown.

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by admin
We are committed to providing the funding, learning, and connections that changemakers need to be successful in meeting the needs of our region.

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by Miriam
A group of Northern Michigan nonprofit organizations and a coalition of food pantries are working collaboratively to tackle food insecurity by going upstream to address its root causes.

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by Miriam
Nearly every community in Northern Michigan is experiencing the effects of housing shortages and rising housing costs.

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by Miriam
As the deadline to apply for our Fall 2021 Grant Cycle approaches, we're sharing some resources that may be helpful as you submit your application.

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by Miriam
Grow Benzie's Benzie Hive initiative will provide partner organizations and networks with tools and resources to help them collaborate and serve the community.

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by Miriam
The Civil Air Patrol Traverse City Squadron performs search and rescue operations, special missions and prepares the next generation of aviators as they lift off into careers in aerospace, rocketry, and the Airforce.

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by sakura
A note from Sakura Takano, CEO, on Rotary Charities' direction, and an invitation for coffee & conversation on July 14, 2021.

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by Miriam
The Northport Arts Association's Clay Works Studio will be a unique asset in Leelanau county, offering workshops, open studios, and residencies.

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