Vote for Allen Neighborhood Center in the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge!


Allen Neighborhood Center is competing with 21 other charities in the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge!

Each vote is cast with a $5 tax-deductible donation to the Capital Region Community Foundation. Not only will ANC receive the funds raised from the votes, but will also be in the running to win one of three grand prizes – $10,000 and $5,000 credits towards a fundraising event at the University Club of Michigan State University!

The Allen Neighborhood Center is a place-based organization that serves as a hub for neighborhood revitalization and for activities that promote the health and well-being of Lansing’s Eastside community and other stakeholders. Since 1999, ANC has pioneered and continues to offer successful programs in health access and education, food security, housing improvement, youth development, commercial corridor revitalization, and social capital building. Our comprehensive and integrative approach to community development has resulted in signature projects such as the year-round, SNAP-friendly Allen Farmers Market, the Hunter Park GardenHouse, Breadbasket Pantry, the Youth Service Corps, and Restoration Works.  Click here to vote!

Click here to see the project, Growing in Community: Stories of the Eastside.  This series captures the many ways that Allen Neighborhood Center has touched the lives of our neighbors over the years by sharing their narratives.  Let these stories show you why ANC deserves to win the Big Bang-quet Community Charity Challenge.  

Help us foster a healthy and connected community on Lansing’s Eastside.

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Financial Manager Position Open at Allen Neighborhood Center

We are seeking a dedicated, high-capacity and entrepreneurial person to oversee financial operations of Allen Neighborhood Center.  The position is supervised by the Executive Director and reports to the Director and the Board. This full time position blends traditional financial management (e.g., bookkeeping, payroll, grants management, creating, managing and analyzing budgets) with helping to manage, monitor, and grow the social enterprises operated by Allen Neighborhood Center (farmers market, Exchange, CSA, Veggie Box, Incubator Kitchen, etc.)


  • Perform all bookkeeping tasks, including all check writing and bank deposits, for general operations and for program-specific activities.
  • Oversee budgeting and financial forecasting for ANC.
  • Preparation of monthly and annual financial reporting materials for ANC administration and board of directors.
  • Prepare and oversee ANC payroll, including paychecks, payroll tax and withholding payments, and all reporting (941s, W-2s and W-3, 1099s and 1096, etc.).
  • Prepare budgets, invoices, and financial reports for all grants received by ANC.
  • Monitor internal controls, prepare for annual independent audit, coordinate audit-related activities and follow up.
  • Serve as a resource and support for other ANC staff in development of business plans, marketing strategy, and monitoring systems in areas of current and potential earned revenue across the organization.
  • Other financial management duties as assigned by the Executive Director to assist in financial oversite of the organization.

Qualified candidates will exhibit the following:

  • Experience in bookkeeping, budget development, payroll management.
  • Experience in business planning and business operations.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct extensive tracking & documentation of data & budget.
  • Formal schooling and/or 3-5 years minimum of experiential knowledge in financial/business management.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and follow through with details.
  • Skilled communicator (oral, written) and comfortable communicating in person, by phone, email; superior relationship skills and follow through.
  • Creativity, flexibility, resourcefulness and positive thinking.
  • Experience working in teams, including teams of staff, volunteers, and partners.
  • Experience in nonprofit and community-based organizations a plus.
  • Experience in food systems work a plus.
  • Passion for ANC’s mission and work a must.
  • Preference given to Lansing Eastside residents.

Start Date:  March 1, 2016.  Compensation commensurate with experience and training. Retirement benefit and health insurance included.

To apply: Send resume & cover letter, complete with reference contact information, to Joan Nelson, Executive Director at by February 19, 2016.  Call Joan at 517-999-3912 with questions.

ANC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against potential employees based on race, creed, age, color, disability, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or marital status.

About Allen Neighborhood Center

Founded in 1999, Allen Neighborhood Center (ANC) is a dynamic, non-profit community development organization serving the northeast quadrant of Lansing, MI, called the ‘Eastside.’  The Center takes a comprehensive and integrative approach to community development, working simultaneously on food security and food access, health education, housing improvement, commercial corridor revitalization, and social capital building.  A place-based organization with deep roots in the neighborhood, we work collaboratively with a broad array of regional partners and organizations that share our comprehensive agenda.

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