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Data and the Sector: Using Data to Drive Effective Philanthropy

by Teri Behrens, Ph.D.

When we talk about the role of data in philanthropy, the first thing that comes to mind for many people is evaluation. The sector has become very focused on measuring outcomes and impact — and that is a good thing. However, that’s …

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Advocating for the Sector: Rob Collier on Foundations on the Hill

by Rob Collier, President & CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations

Episode 2 of Field Notes in Philanthropy, “Sittin’ Here on Capitol Hill,” explores the many ways foundations of all kinds can impact federal, state, and local policy. Our conversation was sparked by the convening, this week, …

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What trends will affect your work in 2018?

The nonprofit sector in the United States employs approximately one in 10 workers in the country, and the field is changing quickly. A group of experts and thought leaders in the nonprofit sector at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy have examined changes in the field …

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11 Trends for 2018
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2018?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and …

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11 Trends for 2018
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2018?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and …

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11 Trends for 2018
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2018?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and …

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Understanding Differences in Cultures, Faiths, and Origins through Philanthropy

by Hassan Jaber and Shariq Siddiqui

Understanding other cultures and the ways they give of their time, talent, and treasure through their faith, can help strengthen and advance philanthropy. Philanthropy is a cornerstone to many cultures and religions and helps to define many of our rituals and rites of …

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Our Evolving Sector: A Conversation with Nonprofit Leaders

by Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey

 

A few weeks ago, the Johnson Center’s Executive Director Kyle Caldwell and Director of Nonprofit Services Matthew Downey traveled to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for the annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference to engage in a dialogue about the evolving nature of the nonprofit sector.

Nonprofit organizations and …

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The Continued Rise of Collective Giving

by Jason Franklin, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy

Collective giving groups, often known as giving circles, have tripled in number since 2007 and are an increasingly popular way for donors from diverse backgrounds to amplify the impact of their giving. This growth is noted in a new report released …

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Our Common Future: Philanthropy Comes to Detroit

by Kyle Caldwell

Nearly ten years ago, there was a gathering of hundreds of nonprofit leaders from around the globe who came to learn from each other and the community that hosted them — Detroit, Michigan. The Great Recession had begun and the conjoined conference of the Council of Michigan …

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