Understanding, Strengthening, and Advancing Philanthropy

Understanding, Strengthening, and Advancing Philanthropy by Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center Modern philanthropy is complicated. Donors, nonprofits, and foundations bring diverse views for determining and serving the common good. These forces sometimes compete and can make finding a cogent and clear sector-wide strategy nearly impossible. Yet, as

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The Board Recruitment Dilemma

The Board Recruitment Dilemma: A community problem that needs a community solution by Matthew Downey, Director of Nonprofit Services One can argue that most nonprofit organizations across the U.S. struggle in some way with recruiting the right leaders to fill board roles. Too often, those of us in the sector

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VoiceGR Becomes VoiceKent

VoiceGR community survey becomes VoiceKent, will cover entire county in 2017 VoiceGR, Grand Rapids’ community survey, is expanding to become countywide thanks to a new partnership between the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University and the Kent County Health Department (KCHD). As VoiceKent, the survey

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Bosch Community Fund

Johnson Center teams help Bosch Community Fund evaluate its impact and funding by Amber Erickson, M.S.W.  //  Community Research Institute The Community Research Institute (CRI) and the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning (IFDL) have partnered for a project with the Bosch Community Fund (BCF). BCF was established in 2012

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F. Martin Johnson

In Memoriam…

We Remember F. Martin “Mart” Johnson The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy expresses its condolences to the Johnson family for the loss of F. Martin Johnson. He passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, February 27, 2017. Mart, as he was known among friends and in the community,

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The Future of Community Philanthropy

The Future of Community Philanthropy by Jason Franklin, Ph.D. The W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair is the first endowed chair explicitly focusing on community philanthropy. Given this new focus, after accepting this role one of the first questions I grappled with was naturally: “what do we mean by community philanthropy?” After

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Lead: The Work of Inequality

Lead: The Work of Inequality by Kyle Caldwell, Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Diana Sieger, Grand Rapids Community Foundation The recent water crisis in Flint has highlighted the enormous challenges faced by marginalized populations, especially in cities still trying to recover from our changing economy. Basic life opportunities escape the

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