Corporate Social Responsibility Series: Nonprofit Resilience in COVID-19

8:30 am - 10:00 am

CSR Virtual Panel – Nonprofit Resilience in COVID-19 – Sustaining Nonprofits During an Economic Downturn

As the third largest workforce in the country, nonprofit organizations deliver critical services to our communities and play a vital role in our economy. The growing public health crisis sparked by the COVID-19 outbreak presents unique challenges for nonprofit leaders and organizations. In this special edition of our Corporate Social Responsibility Series, join Co.act Detroit for a virtual discussion on how economic contractions impact nonprofits, how the philanthropic and corporate sectors are responding and how collaboration, resiliency and adaptability can sustain our sector.

This panel discussion is free, but space is limited. You can register to virtually attend below:

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Featured panelists include:

Meredith Freeman, Director of Alignment and Impact Investing, Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Meredith has extensive experience in the social impact sector and community development. She has worked with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Citibank Global Community Relations and is currently the Director of Alignment and Impact Investing with the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation. In 2014, Meredith was selected for the inaugural class of the WK Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network. Meredith received a B.A. from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Management and Urban Policy from the New School University in New York. She has also served as adjunct faculty for graduate level courses in Nonprofit Management at Seton Hall University and the New School.


Kelley Kuhn, Vice President, Michigan Nonprofit Association

Kelley Kuhn serves as the Vice President for the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Michigan Nonprofit Association is a statewide membership organization dedicated to serving the diverse nonprofit sector through civic engagement, capacity-building, data and technology, and advocacy. In accordance with the mission, vision and strategic direction, Ms. Kuhn provides ongoing support and expertise to all management personnel. She is responsible for establishing the annual goals and objectives, as well as overseeing the policies and procedures for the organization and its functions, programs, and affiliates. Ms. Kuhn also manages the day-to-day operations of the organization.

Before joining the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Ms. Kuhn was a nonprofit consultant and executive director of the Jackson Nonprofit Support Center. She has extensive experience in nonprofit training, technical assistance, and needs-assessment focusing on management support and capacity-building services.

A graduate of Western Michigan University, Kelley also received a Masters of Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University.


Jason Tinsley, Michigan Market Manager, J.P. Morgan Private Bank

Jason Tinsley is the Michigan Market Manager for J.P. Morgan Private Bank. He manages more than 40 professionals who oversee more than seven billion dollars of client assets. Previously he served on the Michigan team as a Senior Banker working to provide Wealth Management solutions to ultra-high net worth individuals and families. Jason focused on solutions in Investment Management, Financial & Estate Planning, Private Banking and Specialty Asset Management.

Prior to joining the Private Bank, Jason served as a District Manager overseeing the sales and operations for Chase branches across southeastern Michigan. He also served as an Institutional Client Advisor for J.P. Morgan in the Foundations and Endowments Group and has experience in the brokerage business.

Jason has served on boards of several community organizations. His previous positions include immediate past Board Chair of the Detroit Urban League, president of Detroit PAL, and member of the Founders Junior Council for the Detroit Institute of Arts. He is currently Vice Chairman for the JPMC Michigan Market Leadership Team, Global Chair Emeritus for the J.P. Morgan Chase business resource group B.O.L.D., Board Member for Beaumont Healthcare Foundation, Detroit Jazz Festival Foundation, and Detroit Children’s Fund. Jason has a Bachelor of Science from Central Michigan University.


 Gary Dembs, President, Non-Profit Personnel Network (Moderator)

Gary Dembs has been working in the philanthropic sector for over 35 years.  He founded the Non-Profit Personnel Network (NPPN) after a successful 21 year career in public relations and broadcasting.  He has been a pioneer in combining highly effective organizational development, human resources, fund raising and volunteer management strategies for organizations, companies and institutions nationwide.

Gary is mission-driven, a community activist, and works to empower organizations to take an integrated, cross-sector approach on the staff and board levels to further the missions of the non-profits he consults with.

Gary received his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University.  In 2008 he was inducted into the WMU School of Communications Outstanding Alumni Academy in recognition of excellence in his professional accomplishments and civic service.  He was also a former radio news and sports reporter in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, MI.

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