Family Donors Gather to Discuss Enduring Challenges in Philanthropy by Michael Moody, Ph.D. // Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy The passions and goals of donors matter a lot in philanthropy, especially family philanthropy. Donor interests not only motivate giving, but often direct where much of that giving goes and
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 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
by Michael Moody, Ph.D. Some of our most passionate conversations in philanthropy arise around the idea of “donor intent.” People fight to “honor” or “preserve” it, often as the guiding compass for good giving. Others decry it as disconnected from real needs in the world or the real work of
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
Navigating Today’s Increasingly Complex Philanthropic Landscape by Jason Franklin, Ph.D. Individual donors, foundations, government agencies & corporations – for over a century they formed the basic elements of any nonprofit’s fundraising plan, in different proportions depending on their work. Today the landscape is increasingly complex with the rise of donor advised
People who donate to charitable causes in Kent County are more generous than individual donors in the rest of the state, according to a new estimated report from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. The report shows total charitable giving in the county decreased slightly in
Dear Reader, When 1972 dawned, Michigan’s philanthropic sector was significant, but largely unorganized. The sector was divided into subsectors of health, education, human services, arts and culture, and religion, none of which communicated well with the others. Michigan’s government did little to encourage its givers and its volunteers.
On July 7, the state of Michigan and the world of philanthropy lost two great, irreplaceable men, Peter M. Wege and C. David Campbell. Not only will both men be greatly missed and fondly remembered by their families and friends, but both men will be remembered for their remarkable and
By Michael Moody, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy My explorations in the world of family foundations are convincing me more each day that there is something special about the 3rd generation in a family’s giving journey. The 3rd generation is a sort of watershed