A Shift in Orientation to Our Community: Perspective from a Place-Based Foundation

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

A decade ago, a Midwest community foundation colleague invited me …

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Research Meets Practice: A Call to Action at Our Lunch & Learn

by Sal Alaimo, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

The phrase “research meets practice” has been around for some time, and we see some prominent examples of it in action in the medical and engineering fields, as well as others. When it comes to philanthropy …

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Photo courtesy of the Center for Arab American Philanthropy

In conversation with the Center for Arab American Philanthropy

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

As a community foundation grounded in an ethnic community rather than a geographic …

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Whose needle are you trying to move?

by Elizabeth Gordillo, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Foundation staff and boards often look to …

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The Loneliness of Leadership

by Tamela Spicer, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Being an executive director can be a lonely job. It’s an ongoing balance of leading and following. There are times when a leader needs to guide or teach their board of directors or staff how to be more effective, while at other times the …

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National Service, Local Action: Stories from AmeriCorps

by AnnMaura Connolly, President, Voices for National Service

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Mahatma Gandhi famously said that, “the best way …

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Top-down, Meet Bottom-up (Elite Power, New Power, and Sharing Power)

by Paul Schmitz, CEO of Leading Inside Out and Senior Advisor to The Collective Impact Forum

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into …

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Tory Martin & Teri Behrens

Meet the Johnson Center’s New Executive Director, Dr. Teresa (Teri) Behrens

Teri Behrens, Ph.D. began her new role as the Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy on October 22, 2018. Tory Martin, the Johnson Center’s director of communications and engagement, sat down with Teri to learn more about her vision for our …

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Rebuilding Trust in Civil Society Means Rebuilding Trust in Each Other

by Dan Cardinali, President & CEO, Independent Sector

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Independent Sector is the only …

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Taking a Systems Approach to Change with Young Americans

by Derrick Feldmann, Cause and Social Influence and INFLUENCE|SG

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

The Cause & Social Influence …

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