The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy — one of the three largest academic centers in the country — is located at Grand Valley State University in the College of Community and Public Service. Professionals at the Johnson Center enjoy the benefits and human resource offerings of Grand Valley State University.

At the Johnson Center, you get the unique opportunity to bridge the worlds of foundations and nonprofits, academics and practitioners to advance the capacity of professionals and organizations working for the common good, while working with a dedicated staff. We have staff experts in community research, database development, foundation and nonprofit capacity building, research on philanthropy, and philanthropic archives, among others, making our mix of staff unique to the world of philanthropic infrastructure organizations. Our staff roles give you the opportunity to harness your craft — whatever it may be — for the common good. We work extensively in the state of Michigan, nationally, and internationally.


Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies

GVSU’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is pleased to announce its 2015-2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Dr. Russell G. Mawby Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies. The topic for the 2015-2016 Mawby Fellowship will be suggested by the person chosen to be the Mawby Faculty Fellow, with the advice and consent of the Mawby Fellows Selection Committee. For more information please review the attached RFP. Proposals should be submitted by May 11th to be considered. Please submit any questions to grantb@gvsu.edu.

Request for Proposals 


Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the successful candidate has been selected.

To apply, please visit: http://opportunities.aspenleadershipgroup.com

To nominate a candidate, please contact: Tim Child, timchild@aspenleadershipgroup.com

All inquiries will be held in confidence.


CRI Programmer GA

We are currently seeking Graduate Assistant Programmer here at the Johnson Center. The Graduate Assistant Programmer will work under the direct supervision of the Senior Programmer and Web Developer, participate in the development of dynamic, data and media-rich web sites, interact with CRI technology and research staff to develop and implement user interfaces and data visualization techniques for various data sets and research findings, participate in the full cycle of software development, including requirements specification and documentation and assist with identifying and documenting new trends in web design and data visualization and contribute to their implementation.

Send a letter explaining interest and qualifications, resume, and two professional or academic references via email to pazsanad@gvsu.edu


Kellogg Chair GA

This Graduate Assistant position for the 2015-2016 academic year will work on research and programs with the newly established W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. As the first GA to this new chair, you will be working with Dr. Jason Franklin who has been appointed as the first Kellogg Chair effective June 1st, as he develops a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally.

More information and qualifications 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Tara Baker, baketara@gvsu.edu.


Frey Chair GA

This Graduate Assistant position for the 2015-2016 academic year will work on research and programs connected to the “Frey Chair” at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. The GA will work chiefly with Dr. Michael Moody, who holds the Chair, but also with other staff at the Johnson Center when appropriate.

The GA will work primarily on research and writing projects, as well as other activities of the Frey Chair program, including collaborative projects with internal and external stakeholders. Specific tasks will vary depending on the project, and will range from research tasks (e.g., data analysis and summaries, field scans and issue reviews, case studies and bio backgrounds, library searches and lit reviews, and so on) to coordination tasks associated with projects (e.g., participating in research and project planning, helping arrange interviews or research contacts, helping manage editing and publication processes).

More information and qualifications 

Please send a cover letter and resume to Tara Baker, baketara@gvsu.edu.