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  • Photo of a brick wall painted blue with a white arrow painted over it

    The Necessary, the Possible, and the Impossible

    Annual Report 2019-2020

    “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you’re doing the impossible.”

    Attributed to Francis of Assisi, this quote seems an apt description of how the philanthropic sector responded to the last year. At the beginning of our fiscal year (July 2019), we at the …

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  • Photo of the Calder sculpture at Calder Plaza in downtown Grand Rapids, Mich.

    Putting economic inclusion data to work in Grand Rapids

    An interview with Stacy Stout, director of equity and engagement with the City of Grand Rapids

    Stacy Stout

    This past spring, the Johnson Center released a new report, underwritten by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, examining data on economic inclusion in particular neighborhoods of Grand Rapids, Michigan. The …

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