Effective Philanthropy

We help donors and foundations nationwide adopt best practices and engage with peers and practitioners in the field. We can tailor our research, knowledge, and training to your needs. Common areas of support include professional development, customized training curricula, strategy and evaluation services, and grantee capacity building. Learn more about our services for foundations and donors.

Strong Nonprofits

We help nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, tools, and thinking for better impact. Our one-on-one consultation services, trainings, and technical assistance are designed for organizations of all sizes and in all stages of growth. Areas of support include fundraising, governance, strategic planning, collaboration, and more. Learn more about our services for nonprofits.

Informed Community Change

We guide nonprofits, foundations, institutions, and neighborhood groups in using data to do good. Our customized tools and research services collect and interpret national and local data. Working with our partners, we share this original research for use in awareness building, local and regional decision making, program evaluation, and more. Learn more about our community data and research services.

Resources for Learning


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    • VoiceGR

      An annual community survey designed uniquely to connect demographics with opinions and perceptions of greater Grand Rapids area residents.

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    • LearnPhilanthropy

      A marketplace of knowledge, tools, and connections for newcomers. Navigate the field, learn with peers and thought leaders, and improve your grant making.

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    • Our State of Generosity

      An online platform to share Michigan’s philanthropic history. Discover milestones that made the state a leader, and get tools for effective philanthropy.

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    • Community Profiles 2.0

      Explore housing and economics data in Grand Rapids with this interactive mapping and demographic snapshot tool.

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    Latest News & Featured Work

    • 11 Trends for 2017

      11 Trends for 2017

      What trends will affect your work in 2017? Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and years to come.

    • F. Martin Johnson

      In Memoriam…

      We Remember F. Martin “Mart” Johnson The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy expresses its condolences to the Johnson family for the loss of F. Martin Johnson. He passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, February 27, 2017. Mart, as he was known among friends and in the community,

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