Latest Blog Posts

  • A Shift in Orientation to Our Community: Perspective from a Place-Based Foundation

    This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

    A decade ago, a Midwest community foundation colleague invited me …

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  • Research Meets Practice: A Call to Action at Our Lunch & Learn

    by Sal Alaimo, Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

    The phrase “research meets practice” has been around for some time, and we see some prominent examples of it in action in the medical and engineering fields, as well as others. When it comes to philanthropy …

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