Bringing Equitable Support to Nonprofits Across the State

Join the Michigan collaborative going beyond the grant dollar

About One Michigan

Spearheaded by the Michigan Health Endowment Fund in 2019, the One Michigan initiative unites grantmakers and donors passionate about providing the widest range of Michigan nonprofits with access to on-demand capacity-building support through Catchafire’s national network of virtual volunteers. By removing the barriers they face when trying to access the expert talent and ongoing skills they need to build sustainable organizations, together we empower and equip Michigan nonprofit leaders to create lasting change.

One Michigan's partnership with Catchafire isn’t just about getting time-sensitive work done for free; it’s about strengthening cities and communities over the long haul. While nonprofits get critical needs filled, volunteers become deeply connected to the nonprofits and their missions, forging long-term relationships where professionals become repeat volunteers, social media advocates, donors and even potential board members.

Why take a collaborative approach?

  • Far-reaching impact

    Expand access to skills and expertise for a greater number of nonprofits.

  • Immediate support

    Nonprofits get custom capacity-building support in days, not weeks or months.

  • A stronger sector

    Collaboration among grantmakers and nonprofits drives more effective and inclusive funding.

  • Cost-effective scale

    Innovative online platform serves thousands of nonprofits with high ROI for funders.

A tailored experience for every organization

  • Nonprofit focused

    Tools and resources designed to meet nonprofits’ unique range of needs.

  • Human-centered

    Expert advisers and volunteers dedicated to supporting every kind of nonprofit.

  • Nimble and responsive

    Projects and programming that evolve with nonprofits' needs and challenges.

What Do Nonprofits Get

Nonprofits get access to One Michigan's platform and programming to leverage a network of more than 100,000 skilled volunteers who will help with operational needs such as website development, marketing, strategic planning, professional development and other areas of critical work in fundraising, program delivery, HR, finance, and technology.

There are 140 projects already outlined with steps and deliverables for nonprofits to chose from— making it easy to request help and get matched with qualified volunteers. Nonprofits review the volunteers’ resumes and conduct interviews before selecting a volunteer to do the work. On average, a match is made within a week.

Program Impact

See the impact of skills-based volunteering for nonprofits

City Spotlight - Class Act Detroit

Hear how Rashard Dobbins, Executive Director and Co-founder of Class Act Detroit, used Catchafire’s skills-based volunteers to help him bring their after-school program online during the pandemic.

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Impact Story - Food Gatherers

See how data analyst and Catchafire volunteer Jill K. helped Food Gatherers create a robust donor dashboard that now serves as a long-term resource for fundraising.

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Catchafire has allowed us to do things we never would have been able to do. The professionals are top notch and there are plenty to select from.

—Andrew Rickauer / Executive Director / United Way Of Marquette County

Catchafire Volunteers Save the Great Lakes Bay Region’s Nonprofits Over $820,000

Across Midland, Gladwin, Clare, Bay, Isabella, and Saginaw counties, 200 nonprofits are using Catchafire to supplement their technology, marketing, and strategy needs.

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If we expect nonprofits to be sustainable and effective, we must offer support beyond grant dollars to ensure they can achieve their mission. A healthy nonprofit sector is vital to a healthy Michigan.”

—Megan Murphy / Senior Program Officer / Michigan Health Endowment Fund

One Michigan Helping Nonprofits Survive Pandemic Economy

Chris Lemon, senior community investment officer for the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, shares how the partnership with Washtenaw Coordinated Funders and the Michigan Health Endowment Fund is creating a path forward for nonprofits facing extreme operational and financial constraints.

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Join Us

If you’re a funder interested in joining One Michigan, contact Catchafire's Regional Director Gerard McGeary at [email protected]

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