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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The Future of Community Philanthropy

The Future of Community Philanthropy by Jason Franklin, Ph.D. The W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair is the first endowed chair explicitly focusing on community philanthropy. Given this new focus, after accepting this role one of the first questions I grappled with was naturally: “what do we mean by community philanthropy?” After

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Design for the Greater Good

Design for the Greater Good KCAD and GVSU’S Johnson Center for Philanthropy Partner to Empower Nonprofit Innovation Through Human Centered Design Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) and Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy have gained a key partner in their mission

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Lead: The Work of Inequality

Lead: The Work of Inequality by Kyle Caldwell, Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Diana Sieger, Grand Rapids Community Foundation The recent water crisis in Flint has highlighted the enormous challenges faced by marginalized populations, especially in cities still trying to recover from our changing economy. Basic life opportunities escape the

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Connecting Youth and Services Made Easier with Innovative New Website

Connecting Youth and Services Made Easier with Innovative New Website by Amber Erickson Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy People, organizations, and systems recently came together to build a tool that is accessible to the entire community. The Youth Community Data Center (YCDC) was developed in partnership with the

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Navigating Today’s Increasingly Complex Philanthropic Landscape

Navigating Today’s Increasingly Complex Philanthropic Landscape by Jason Franklin, Ph.D. Individual donors, foundations, government agencies & corporations – for over a century they formed the basic elements of any nonprofit’s fundraising plan, in different proportions depending on their work. Today the landscape is increasingly complex with the rise of donor advised

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