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Envision a world shaped by vibrant, equitable communities.

Your gift to the Johnson Center is an investment in this future. Like you, we believe that strong, adaptive philanthropy builds strong, adaptive communities, and we are committed to ensuring our social sector colleagues worldwide have the data-driven insights, applied research tools, and professional development they need to achieve meaningful impact. Your support powers our mission to understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy and helps to build a more resilient, inclusive future for all.

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Online giving is the simplest way to make a gift to the Johnson Center. Click the “Give Now” button to get started. Or, explore each fund in more detail, below.

To make a gift to the Johnson Center via other means, please contact jcp@gvsu.edu.

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Ways to Give

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Operations Endowment

A gift to the Johnson Center’s Operations Endowment is an ideal way to voice your commitment to effective philanthropy. This flexible endowment provides enduring support for original research and scholarly publications, the creation and delivery of professional development curricula, administration, insightful reports that advance the field, and more.

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Dorothy A. Johnson Philanthropy Innovation Fund

Established by the Center’s namesake, Dorothy A. Johnson, gifts made to the Philanthropy Innovation Fund power our exploration of groundbreaking, mission-driven programs designed to achieve the Johnson Center’s vision for a world shaped by smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy.

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Philanthropy Circle Fund

Gifts made to the Philanthropy Circle Fund are immediately available, in their entirety, to be used by the Johnson Center to support field-building programs and research.

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The Work of Our Endowed Chairs
Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy

Support for the Frey Chair drives understanding in the field of family philanthropy, including applied research and scholarship, field building and advising, teaching and thought leadership.

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Frey Chair – National Summit on Family Philanthropy

The biennial National Summit on Family Philanthropy is led by the Johnson Center’s Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy. The event brings together family donors, philanthropic advisors, thought leaders, and other professionals to advance the field of family philanthropy.

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W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair

Support for the Kellogg Chair drives understanding in the field of community philanthropy, including applied research and scholarship, field building and advising, teaching, and thought leadership.

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Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies
Kathy A. Agard Endowed Fellowship in Community Philanthropy

The Agard Fellowship, housed at the Johnson Center, provides support for GVSU students in any program area to explore their interest in philanthropy through original research and experiential learning.

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Joel J. Orosz Endowed Fellowship in Philanthropy

The Orosz Fellowship, housed at the Johnson Center, provides support for GVSU students in any program area to explore their interest in philanthropy through original research and experiential learning.

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Russell G. Mawby Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies

The Mawby Fellowship, housed at the Johnson Center, supports the work of one GVSU faculty member and two undergraduate students to pursue a research project/topic related to the field of philanthropy.

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