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Kyle Caldwell M.A.

Kyle Caldwell is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Caldwell joined the Johnson Center in August 2015, attracted by the Johnson Center’s innovative work and mission to understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy.

Caldwell comes to this role having lead and worked in a wide variety of public and philanthropic sector organizations. As a public grantmaker, Caldwell served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Community Service Commission under the Engler and Granholm administrations. As President & CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association, Caldwell championed the work of nonprofits and foundations to help build a stronger ecosystem for philanthropy. And throughout his work in the grantmaking field, Caldwell has taken on leadership roles in developing strategies and programming initiatives that strengthen the work of foundations. Most recently, he served as the Director for the Pathways to Opportunity Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he helped evolve the Foundation’s approach to addressing poverty to focus on education.

Caldwell has served on a number of national boards, including Points of LightIndependent SectorNonprofit Votes, and the National Council of Nonprofits. At the state level, Caldwell served as a member of the Michigan Community Service Commission, the Michigan Association of United Ways, and the Council of Michigan Foundations’ Public Policy Committee. He currently serves on the boards of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation and Kids’ Food Basket.

Caldwell earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication from Western Michigan University. Both WMU and Lansing Community College (where he earned an associate’s degree in photojournalism) have bestowed Caldwell with exemplary alumni awards.


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