Professional Development

Our grantmaker education and trainings are available for your entire staff or individuals. We offer public courses and customized courses for teams and organizations, as well as online platforms for the field, such as LearnPhilanthropy.

Research, Strategy and Evaluation Services

From planning to implementation, we can help you take a closer look at your grantmaking portfolio, evaluate the impact of your grants, and create actionable strategies for your foundation’s future. Learn more.

Capacity Building for Grantees

We can help you plan and manage capacity building on common issues, such as governance, fundraising, and evaluation. Learn more.

Grantmaking Tools and Resources

Gain insight for effective grantmaking with software to track grants, tools to visualize community and program data, and publications such as The Foundation Review.

Archival Services

Storytelling is an essential part of philanthropy to capture your impact and share “lessons learned” with others. Our oral history and archival services can guide you through the process. Learn more.

 

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    • Learn Philanthropy

      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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    • Community Profiles 2.0

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

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    • Our State of Generosity

      Coming soon: 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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