Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation

For good. For ever.

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for all citizens of Isabella County, now and for generations to come, by attracting and holding permanent endowed funds from a wide range of donors, addressing needs through grant making and providing leadership on key community issues.

Seven Local Nonprofit Leaders Complete Leadership Learning Lab

Seven local nonprofit leaders, selected by the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (MPACF), recently celebrated the completion of an eight-month program focused on leadership development. Facilitated by NorthSky Nonprofit Network, the Leadership Learning Lab connects and empowers nonprofit leaders and gives them the skills to strengthen the organizations and communities they serve. Funded by the Frey Foundation and MPACF, the Leadership Learning Lab aligns with the Foundation’s strategic efforts to support capacity building among local nonprofits.

Jon Breithaupt (Chippewa Watershed Conservancy), Kate Connors (Life Choices of Central Michigan), Ryan Griffus (Isabella County Restoration House), Samantha Jones (Girls on the Run of Central Michigan/Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum), Kaye Peasley (Clothing INC), Amy Powell (Art Reach of Mid Michigan), and Kim Seidel (Isabella County Child Advocacy Center) made up the first Isabella County cohort. Monthly sessions covered topics such as adaptive leadership, nonprofit board development, fund development, mission driven storytelling, grant writing and more.


One participant described the experience as “…incredibly valuable in giving me the tools and confidence I need to become an emerging leader in my organization.” During a celebration ceremony on Thursday, December 13, participants were asked to describe their experience in one word. Responses included: equipped, empowered, and enriched.

MPACF will offer the Leadership Learning Lab experience again in 2019 for five local nonprofit leaders. The second cohort will meet April through December. More information will be available in January. To learn more about the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation and their efforts to support local nonprofits, visit