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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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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