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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Why We Must Protect the Johnson Amendment

Opinions in the Field: Why We Must Protect the Johnson Amendment by Dan Cardinali, Independent Sector, and Vikki Spruill, Council on Foundations Nonprofits engaged in deep community change often lead efforts in advocacy, civic engagement, and lobbying. This is a time-tested pillar of our democracy, enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, protected in case law,

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VoiceGR 2016

VoiceGR 2016 Survey Results Released by Jodi Petersen, Ph.D., Director, Community Research Institute The Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute has released its VoiceGR results for 2016. The VoiceGR survey seeks to inform local decision makers and stakeholders utilizing data on the opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of local residents.

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National Summit Recap

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

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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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Trends for 2017: Funders and Nonprofits Show Increased Focus on Data and Measurable Progress

11 Trends for 2017 What are the trends that will be affecting 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

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