A digital series for the social sector
At the Johnson Center, we understand philanthropy as an ecosystem — one filled with co-dependent actors and organizations whose work is fundamentally grounded in a love for humanity. Nonprofits and funders, individual donors and volunteers — we are one sector, with common interests and common challenges.
But it isn’t always easy to find common space to dive into the issues and ideas that affect us all in different ways. Field Focus is our answer to this challenge, to empower our networks by bringing practitioners, thought leaders, and issue experts together around one theme.
For each Field Focus campaign, we devote three months to engaging with particular topics and concepts that are important to philanthropy — all of philanthropy — right now.
Field Focus: Local Action
As human beings, it’s in our nature to help.
Yet, how we move from recognizing a need to actively addressing it — that can be daunting. As community residents and philanthropic institutions, we don’t always know where to start.
Community-based philanthropy has long been a focus at the Johnson Center. But we recently found ourselves wondering about where that philanthropy begins. Our ongoing work with neighborhood associations, with family philanthropists beginning their donor journeys, with evolving community data needs — these projects and others are driving us to examine the methods and motivators that move us all from idea to impact. And as we engage with partners and colleagues in the field, we recognize we’re not the only ones asking this question.
The Johnson Center worked with partners and friends from across the country to offer answers to the question, “How do I begin?” Field Focus: Local Action explores how individuals and organizations first plug into the communities they care about, and spur others to action as well.