VoiceGR 2016 Survey Results Released by Jodi Petersen, Ph.D., Director, Community Research Institute The Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute has released its VoiceGR results for 2016. The VoiceGR survey seeks to inform local decision makers and stakeholders utilizing data on the opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of local residents.
What trends will affect 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 years to come.
by Jason Franklin, Ph.D. Last month I joined over 400 leaders from 60 countries at the first Global Community Philanthropy Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a powerful gathering where we explored the future of collective giving as an approach to build local capacity and assets, strengthen social trust,
by Kyle Caldwell In 1992, Grand Valley State University established what has become one of the most well-respected centers for philanthropy in the nation. Throughout its 25-year history, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy has been at the forefront of innovation in engaged philanthropy. The center works and partners
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
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
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
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
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 our
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,