Community and Infrastructure Count: Both as Strengths and Issues by Jodi Petersen, Ph.D. Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy Jodi Petersen, Ph.D. speaking at the VoiceGR Summit on March 3, 2016. Greater Grand Rapids residents who completed the 2015 VoiceGR survey made a few things very clear,
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
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
How Does Philanthropy Lead in a Community Crisis? by Kyle Caldwell Lost in the rancor and finger pointing over the water crisis in Flint is the important and unique leadership role that the nonprofit and foundation communities play in a crisis, and in broader, on-going efforts to rebuild distressed cities.
Inclusion as a Practice in the Philanthropic Sector by Kyle Caldwell // Executive Director, Johnson Center for Philanthropy Today, America is dealing with a crisis that is pitting the core values that formed our Republic against our need for safety and certainty. Immigration and security issues have reappeared, as they
Reflections on Developing a Theory of Philanthropy by Michelle Gagnon, Ph.D. // President, Palix Foundation The most recent issue of The Foundation Review (Volume 7, Issue 4) includes a special section of four articles on theory of philanthropy. A theory of philanthropy is a way for a foundation to create
People who donate to charitable causes in Kent County are more generous than individual donors in the rest of the state, according to a new estimated report from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. The report shows total charitable giving in the county decreased slightly in
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Dear Reader, When 1972 dawned, Michigan’s philanthropic sector was significant, but largely unorganized. The sector was divided into subsectors of health, education, human services, arts and culture, and religion, none of which communicated well with the others. Michigan’s government did little to encourage its givers and its volunteers.
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is launching Our State of Generosity (OSoG), an online platform that explores the past 40 years of Michigan’s philanthropic sector and its leadership. Ourstateofgenerosity.org is a joint effort of the Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, and the Johnson