11 Trends for 2017
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2017?

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 2017
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2017?

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 2017
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2017?

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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Kyle Caldwell

Why and How We Give

by Kyle Caldwell

The giving season in the last months of the year is a time when nonprofits can increase transactional gifts that may lead to relational opportunities throughout the next year. As a sector, it is important to understand how and why people give.

We value individual and collective action in the …

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Jason Franklin

The Growth of Global Community Philanthropy

Community philanthropies are among the fastest growing forms of giving in the world. Community philanthropy mobilizes financial, social, political, and intellectual capital to improve residents’ lives over the long term. The idea of contributing resources to address local challenges and opportunities is something local people seeking a greater say over …

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GiveCamp 2016

GiveCamp 2016: Sharing Skills, Creating Connections

by Amber Darsch

What do a group of sleep-deprived, caffeine-driven technology professionals at a weekend-long event and giving have in common? It’s GiveCamp — a time for volunteers like me to give to those who give to others every day. Over an all-too-brief 36 hours during the first weekend of November, …

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Giving Tuesday: Is it worth it?

by Roberta King, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Roberta King, Grand Rapids Community Foundation

Earlier this week it was Giving Tuesday, and Grand Rapids social media was all a buzz with giving promotion and nonprofit endorsements. Even if you don’t “do” Facebook, you might have received an email or two from a nonprofit …

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Election Results Show Low Trust in Most Institutions

by Kyle Caldwell

Whom do we believe? The major take-away from last week’s election was that voters do not see the traditional institutions leading the changes they want to see. But are all institutions evaluated equally? It’s a great question to ponder as we face some critical decision points in …

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Nonprofits and Voter Engagement

by Kyle Caldwell

What do nonprofits and voting have in common? Both strive to engage people in creating positive community change. Nonprofits seek to assess community needs and channel resources towards addressing them to create stronger communities. People vote in ways that they think will result in the policies that will have the most …

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The Foundation Review Vol. 8 Special Issue

The Future of Community

by Teri Behrens, Ph.D.

While much has been written about the tools that foundations can use beyond making grants, a critical and often under-appreciated tool is knowledge about the communities in which they work. In the face of ongoing and rapid change — whether it is change in the climate, in community demographics …

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