Trusted Guidance for Doing Good
Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University.
Like many academic centers, we offer original research and expertise on the latest theories in our field. Yet when we talk about “doing good,” we mean more than theory. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country.
- Effective Philanthropy: Helping donors and foundations adopt best practices in their careers and organizations
- Strong Nonprofits: Helping nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, tools, and thinking for better impact
- Informed Community Change: Guiding nonprofits, foundations, institutions, and neighborhood groups in using data to do good
We have also been proud to spearhead many first-of-their-kind leadership roles and publications that benefit the field of philanthropy. These include the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy and the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, both of which support original research in the field, such as the NextGen report on new donors. The Foundation Review is also the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy and is published by the Johnson Center.
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based center leading a systems-based, comprehensive approach to serving nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.
We envision highly valued, effective philanthropy, equipped with expanded knowledge and resources to advance the public good and transform communities.
Our Connection to the University
As a center within the College of Community and Public Service, the Johnson Center works closely with the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration in support of the undergraduate and graduate education of the next generation of philanthropic and nonprofit leaders. Being part of Grand Valley State University also means we can access additional resources and diverse expertise depending on your organization’s needs or your professional interests.
- Grand Valley State University
- College of Community and Public Service at GVSU
- School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration