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 9, 2017, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its second annual Theatre Party 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: American Spoon Foods, AmericInn Lodge & Suites, Beards Brewery, Beaver Island Boat Company, Castle Farms, La Cantina, and Village Pub /Terry’s Place. There was also a 50 / 50 raffle.

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!

The 2018 Third Annual Theatre Party in Charlevoix has already been scheduled for Monday, October 8.

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


Theatre Party in Petoskey

On Monday, March 12, 2018, Northern Community Mediation (NCM) held its 14th annual theatre party at the Petoskey Cinema.

Ben Slocum & Kirstyn Horan serve macaroni & cheese and pulled pork from Beards Brewery

From 5:30pm to 7:00pm, guests enjoyed an array of appetizers provided by eight local establishments: Beards Brewery, City Park Grill, D&W Fresh Market, Duffy’s Garage & Grill, Hotdoggers, Jet’s Pizza, Kilwin’s of Petoskey, and Which Wich. Ticket stubs were drawn for door prizes from 12 different establishments: American Spoon Foods, Bearcub Outfitters, Buffalo Wild Wings, Crooked Tree Arts Center, Dripworks Coffee, Harbor Springs Festival of the Book, Julienne Tomatoes, North Perk, Ruff Life Pet Outfitters, Sky’s the Limit, Tap 30 and Vernale’s. Additionally, a 50/50 raffle raised $323.00 for NCM.

At 7:00, everyone went to the movie of his or her choice. Of the 164 people who went to the movies, 51 saw Red Sparrow, 45 Black Panther, 23 Wrinkle in Time, 16 Death Wish, 15 Game Night, 7 Peter Rabbit, and 7 Gringo.

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 11, 2019 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 2017 letter focused two estranged sisters. Through mediation, they realized that having a positive relationship with each other was more important than their hostilities towards one another, especially since they were not even certain when their feelings towards one another disintegrated.

View 2017 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2015 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2014 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2013 Donor Campaign-Letter
View 2012 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2010 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2009 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2008 Donor Campaign Letter
View 2007 Donor Campaign Letter


Northern Community Mediation does not charge for the following types of cases:

  • Small Claims
  • Child Protection
  • Parenting Time
  • School Attendance
  • Victim-Offender Reconcililation

For all other types of cases, there is a minimal charge, which is waived for those individuals for whom payment would be a hardship. Consequently, NCM has a certain degree of dependency upon receiving donations. NCM is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) organization. NCM’s federal ID number is 38-3161108. To make a tax deductible contribution to NCM, contact Dr. Jane Millar at 231.487.1771 or Email Jane