Building Community Philanthropy: Roundatable Recap

by Jason Franklin, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Community philanthropies have been among the fastest growing institutional forms of giving around the globe. Between 2000 and 2010, the number of community foundations grew by 86 percent. This made for over 1,800 foundations granting more

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#JohnsonCenterGivesBack: Camp Blodgett

by Sam VanGroningen, Research Coordinator, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy As part of the #JohnsonCenterGivesBack community engagement initiative, a crew of 30+ Johnson Center staff and students enjoyed a day out of the office last month volunteering at Camp Blodgett. We pulled weeds, cleaned cabins, washed windows, and did a number of

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Menashe Kadishman’s “Shalechet” (“Fallen Leaves”) in the Jewish Museum of Berlin

Philanthropy in the Aftermath of Disaster

by Jason Franklin Last week, I stood amid Menashe Kadishman’s “Shalechet” (“Fallen Leaves”) in the Jewish Museum of Berlin. The installation features 10,000 metal faces strewn across a courtyard representing the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust, but is dedicated to “all innocent victims of war and violence.” As I stood

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Leadership, Loss, and Legacy

by Kyle Caldwell The early summer days of 2016 have marked some poignant losses for our nation, our field, and our communities. Yet, in a somewhat destined way, the departures of leaders and innocent lives from our midst have also demonstrated the purpose and power of philanthropy. The devastating loss

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Why Should We Care About Tax Policy?

Why Should We Care About Tax Policy? Written in collaboration with Kyle Caldwell (Johnson Center for Philanthropy), Donna Murray-Brown (Michigan Nonprofit Association), and Rob Collier (Council of Michigan Foundations). There is no shortage of news about taxes. Presidential elections bring out discussions on budgets, deficits, debt, and taxes. They raise the question for

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