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New issue of The Foundation Review

This quarter’s publication is co-edited with Grants Managers Network. Many thanks to Michelle Greanias, GMN’s executive director, for writing this issue’s editorial. Vol. 6 Issue 3 on Grantmaking Practices  Editorial Dear Readers, Grantmaking practices matter. It is both a simple and complex idea, and one that gets varied attention from

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A New JohnsonCenter.org

By Danielle Venema, undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University, Marketing and Communications assistant at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Philanthropy is changing faster than ever. At the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, we believe that learning curves shouldn’t get in the way of impact. Our mission is

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Between complexity and mission-driven work – how are nonprofits responding?

By Ana Doonan, senior director, Neighborhood Services at LINC Community Revitalization, Inc. In an ever-shifting world of theories of change, logic models, outcomes and best practices, I wonder if we in the nonprofit sector have complicated our work too much. Creating change is the common denominator of every effort – whether

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Retain your donors and staunch the high-turnover of fundraising staff

By Terry Horton, senior program advisor to Philanthropic and Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy Penelope Burk tackles how to retain your donors and how to staunch the high-turnover of fundraising staff in nonprofit organizations. In June, the Association of Fundraising Professionals – West Michigan hosted over 280

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Reflections from the Council on Foundations Annual Conference

Megan Murphy, project manager for LearnPhilanthropy at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, is attending and blogging about the Council on Foundations Conference. The Council on Foundations 2014 Annual Conference: Philanthropy Exchange kicked off on Sunday, June 8 with three plenary sessions designed to promote thinking about our work in the sector

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Nonprofit Studies and Civil Society

by Dr. Salvatore Alaimo, assistant professor, School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration There are now approximately 200 graduate programs across the United States that focus on studying nonprofit organizations and philanthropy. Many of them reside within public administration schools or programs with some in business schools. More recently some

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