Latest Blog Posts

  • Photo: Mariah (student intern)

    A Student’s Take on What Philanthropy Really Means

    by Mariah Otlewski, Communications & Engagement Intern, Spring/Summer 2018

    In August 2015, I finished packing up my childhood room, said goodbye to my dog, and drove west to my new home — Grand Valley State University. I came from a small town on the east side of Lansing, …

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  • Let’s Stop Talking About Leadership

    by Tory Martin

    “We’re constantly questioning ourselves. Are you working hard enough? Are you organized enough? Are you the leader these times require?” Tamir Novotny, executive director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), looked out over the crowd of 200 or so young professionals who gathered in Detroit, Mich. two weeks ago …

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