Approximately one-fourth of Northern Community Mediation’s (NCM) funding comes from the State Court Administrative Office (SCAO), and half comes from Charlevoix and Emmet counties and their courts. The other 25% is raised by NCM.

In addition to fees and grants, Northern Community Mediation focuses upon four fundraising opportunities: the Theatre Party in Petoskey, the Theatre Party in Charlevoix, the Donor Campaign, and donations.

Theatre Party in Charlevoix

Mediation Theater Party Charlevoix

Executive Director Jane Millar Ready to Greet Guests

On Monday, October 10, 2016, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its inaugural Theatre Party at the Charlevoix Cinema in Charlevoix, Michigan. From 5:30pm to 6:45pm, attendees were able to enjoy appetizers that are sufficient to constitute dinner at East Park Tavern.

Additionally, through the generosity of local merchants, wonderful door prizes were given away, and a 50/50 raffle was held.

Then, at 6:45pm everyone went to the Charlevoix Cinema and was able to choose seeing one of three movies showing at the theatre. All of this was for the low price of $25 per person. Quite a deal!

Since the event was such a huge success, the 2017 Second Annual Theatre Party in Charlevoix has already been scheduled for Monday, October 9.

For more information or tickets, contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771 or e-mail

Theatre Party in Petoskey

On Monday, March 13, 2017, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its 13th annual theatre party at the Petoskey Cinema.

Mediation Theater Party Petoskey

Greeters Mary Roberts,Hugh Conklin, Susan Conklin and Bartenders Paul Schemanski & Mikki Scheman

From 5:30pm to 7:00pm, guests enjoyed an array of appetizers provided by seven local establishments: Big E’s Smokehouse, City Park Grill, D&W Fresh Market, Duffy’s Garage & Grill, Jet’s Pizza, Kilwin’s of Petoskey, and Petoskey Cheese. Ticket stubs were drawn for door prizes from 13 different establishments: American Spoon Foods, Bearcub Outfitters, Beards Brewery, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Doak Law Firm, Julienne Tomatoes, North Perk, Ruff Life Pet Outfitters, Sky’s the Limit, Southwoods Family Restaurant, Tap 30 and Vernale’s. Additionally, a 50/50 raffle raised $262.50 for NCM. The winner of the raffle donated $62 of her winnings back to NCM.

At 7:00, everyone went to the movie of his or her choice. Of the 181 people who went to the movies, 44 saw Kong, 43 The Shack, 26 Get Out, 18 John Wick, 17 the Great Wall, 12 Logan, and 11 LEGO Batman. The least popular movie was Fifty Shades Darker with 10 attendees.

NCM prides itself on the fact that attendance at its theatre Party is one of the best deals in town because tickets cost only $25 per person, which includes all the food you can eat, non-alcoholic beverages, door prizes, and a movie of your choice.

Next year’s theatre party will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Petoskey Cinema. For more information or tickets, contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771 or e-mail

Donor Campaign

Each year, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) initiates a donor campaign. It is done through a letter of solicitation that highlights the impact mediation has had in a particular case. The 2015 letter focused on an older couple who could not totally take care of themselves. The Department of Health & Human Services planned to move them to separate care facilities. Through mediation, the couple was able to remain in their home with special provisions to ensure their well-being.

View 2015 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2014 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2013-Donor-Campaign-Letter


Other than small claims cases, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) charges minimal fees, depending upon the type of case. For court referred, court ordered and divorce cases, the fee is split evenly between the parties. For all other cases, it is the initiator who is responsible for the fee.

For those individuals who are not charged a fee, it is suggested by the staff during intake that they may want to consider making a donation to NCM. Additionally, donations are accepted from anyone who wants to contribute to the non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. In 2016, NCM received $187.45 in general donations and $570 as a result of the donor campaign for a total of $757.45 in donations.

To make a donation, contact NCM at 231.487.1771 or by e-mail All donations made to NCM are tax deductible.