At the Johnson Center, we help donors and foundations nationwide adopt best practices and engage with peers and practitioners in the field. In addition to our strategic services and grantmaking education, we offer a variety of resources to advance your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and strengthen your connection to the field:


We regularly offer learning series, brown bag lunch talks, webinars, and more on common issues facing foundations, donors, and grantees. View our upcoming events, or join us for one of our nationally recognized grantmaker education programs. We can also customize our curricula for individuals, teams, and organizations – contact us to learn more.

Foundation Review issue coversThe Foundation Review

The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and boards and those who work with them. With a combination of rigorous research and accessible writing, it can help you and your team put new ideas and good practices to work for more effective philanthropy. Learn more.


LearnPhilanthropy began in 2010 to make it easier to explore philanthropy and find trusted information from the field. Later this year, LearnPhilanthropy will relaunch as an even more accessible marketplace of knowledge and tools designed to help you:

  • Be more successful in your current role and your career path
  • Introduce newcomers to the field and guide learning within your organization
  • Learn together with field leaders and peers, and keep up on emerging trends

Our State of Generosity

This special project preserves and shares the milestones that have made Michigan a philanthropic leader. Our State of Generosity’s forthcoming online platform will include stories and tools for other states to use as a blueprint for effective philanthropy. Learn more.


We house the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair on family philanthropy. We are establishing the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, also the first of its kind. Both support original research in the field, with a focus on how new data and ideas can equip donors, grantmaking organizations, and others in the field.

Archive and Special Collections

Our archives and special collections provide scholarly resources related to philanthropy and philanthropists in Michigan. The collections support the research interests of visiting scholars, Grand Valley State University faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, and the general public.

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