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Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent

Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent by Brittany Kienker, Ph.D.  //  photo credit: Rockefeller Archive Center In considering how to best navigate modern-day institutional challenges, board members and staff may ask, “What did the founder intend for this program?” or “Is this what the donor really

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Understanding Differences in Cultures, Faiths, and Origins Through Philanthropy

Understanding Differences in Cultures, Faiths, and Origins through Philanthropy by Hassan Jaber and Shariq Siddiqui Understanding other cultures and the ways they give of their time, talent, and treasure through their faith, can help strengthen and advance philanthropy. Philanthropy is a cornerstone to many cultures and religions and helps to define

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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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