Sen. Jansen announces creation of Michigan Nonprofit Caucus
LANSING - Lawmakers from across the state have formed a caucus to assist Michigan’s nonprofit organizations, said co-chair Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township.
“Nonprofit organizations work diligently to improve our communities,” said Jansen, who was Habitat for Humanity of Michigan’s director of special initiatives prior to serving in the Senate.
The bipartisan, bicameral “Michigan Nonprofit Caucus” was established to help nonprofit organizations achieve their mission on behalf of those they serve and the resources they protect. The group’s primary focus will be on issues that globally impact the nonprofit sector.
Michigan is home to more than 32,000 501(c)(3) nonprofits in areas such as human services, health care, arts and culture, education and the environment. Nonprofits employ one of every 10 workers in the state.
The Michigan Nonprofit Association and the Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University recently reported that while nonprofits have seen a 50 percent drop in funding, the demand for their services has skyrocketed by 70 percent.
“Given our state’s current economic climate, its more important than ever to form a caucus designed to coordinate with nonprofit organizations and the important work they do,” Jansen said. “Nonprofits across the state are experiencing an increase in demand.”
Other members of the caucus include: co-chair Sen. Hansen Clarke, D-Detroit; Rep. John Proos, R-St. Joseph; and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit.
“I look forward to working with my legislative colleagues in the coming months,” Jansen said. “I hope other lawmakers decide to join this essential caucus.”
Editor’s note: A photo of Sen. Jansen announcing the Michigan Nonprofit Caucus is available on the Senate Majority Photowire.
Posted: Thursday, April 23, 2009
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