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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New Study Coming on Recovery in Flint

Davia Downey, Ph.D.

When the news broke over a year ago that the City of Flint was in the throes of one of the most significant public health crises seen in the United States, many outsiders wondered whether Flint, long plagued by budgetary and leadership challenges, poverty, and crime …

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Philanthropy New York

Philanthropy 101 Available Now in New York City

by Teri Behrens, Ph.D.

Philanthropy 101 is a new, five-part series that helps all staff new to philanthropy better understand the sector. The curriculum was developed by Philanthropy New York in partnership with the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy to accelerate the learning process and enable newcomers to the …

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GRgives

Looking to take your #GivingTuesday campaign further this year?

Whether this is your first year, or you’re ready to take your annual campaign to the next level, #GRGives is here to help.

What is #GRgives?

#GRGives is a city-wide campaign to raise funds and awareness for local nonprofits. Designed to create a movement around #GivingTuesday in Grand Rapids, #GRGives …

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Detroit: A First-Hand Look at a Resilient Community

by Tracy Hoover, CEO, Points of Light

Tracy Hoover

Resiliency is something we see every day: the child who learns to walk by stumbling only to get up again, the father and mother who work several jobs to make ends meet but rarely get ahead, the community that goes …

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Building Community Philanthropy: Roundatable Recap

by Jason Franklin, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Community philanthropies have been among the fastest growing institutional forms of giving around the globe. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of community foundations grew by 86 percent. This made for over 1,800 foundations granting more than $5 …

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New Book Release: The Philanthropy Reader

by Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

Philanthropy is an ancient tradition and a hot trend spreading around the globe. It is both timeless and timely. It was debated by Aristotle, and is now promoted by Bill Gates. People freely giving what they have — time, talent, treasure — to make …

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