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.

Open Positions

W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy

We are seeking the first endowed chair in community philanthropy, the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair. This Chair will be a national thought leader and practical resource for all who work to advance community philanthropy including community foundation leaders, corporate philanthropy directors, individual donors, nonprofit executives, community leaders, and public officials.

The Chair will establish a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally.

For full a full job description and how to apply, go to If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.


The Programmer will work with an interdisciplinary group of social science and information technology professionals in the analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of various data visualization and reporting tools. This includes, but is not limited to, interactive mapping applications and dynamic database driven sites and applications. The programmer will also assist in installing, maintaining and updating servers, software packages and server administration duties.

The Programmer will spend approximately 70 percent of their time programming, testing and fixing bugs, 20 percent of their time creating dynamic database driven reports for various website projects, and 10 percent of their time assisting in server administration as needed.

For full a full job description and how to apply, go to If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Joel J. Orosz Fellowship

Students who wish to apply for the Joel J. Orosz Fellowship with the Johnson Center must do so before September 8, 2014.

The Joel J. Orosz Fellowship in Philanthropy is designed to assist students, either graduate or undergraduate, in any major or program, interested in studying philanthropy, including individual giving, community foundations, giving circles, nonprofit organizations, public foundations, and related topics.

The fellowship was started by colleagues and friends of Dr. Orosz in recognition of his years of service, dedication, and the impact he made on the field of philanthropy.

For more information on the Orosz Fellowship, download and fill out an application.

Orosz Fellowship Application 2014-2015