The Johnson Center recently announced the creation of the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, the nation’s first endowed chair focused on community philanthropy.

The Chair will focus on establishing a creative, comprehensive program of research, teaching, service, and thought leadership designed to explore and advance the field of community philanthropy, nationally and internationally.


The W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair will be a national thought leader and practical resource for the community, including community foundation leaders, corporate philanthropy directors, individual philanthropists, nonprofit executives, and public officials.


The successful candidate will have the academic credentials and skills to participate meaningfully as a scholar, teacher, and mentor. This person will also need senior-level career experience within the philanthropic and nonprofit sector to engage community philanthropy as a practitioner and advisor.

  • Ph.D. or equivalent required
  • Five or more years of experience in community philanthropy
  • Record of scholarship or reflective practice in the field of community philanthropy including publication in related scholarly, philanthropic, public administration, or business journals

The person will be an active member of the leadership team at the Johnson Center, working with colleagues to coordinate existing Johnson Center programs and to plan future programs in a way that infuses a focus on community philanthropy into the Center’s core agenda.

The Chair will collaborate with the existing Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy at the Center to establish a comprehensive research agenda. The research, teaching, writing, speaking, service, convening, and other activities of the Chair will explicitly seek to engage diverse audiences – from students and faculty at Grand Valley and other universities, to philanthropic practitioners, donors and trustees, to corporate leaders, government officials, and infrastructure organizations. The topics covered by the myriad Chair activities will be equally diverse, covering timely issues and challenges facing community philanthropy.

To apply, please click here. For more information, contact Beverly Grant.