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One Health and Animal Protection Philanthropy: A Growing Sub-Sector
As we better understand how our relationships with animals — as sources of food, labor, co-carriers of diseases, etc. — affect our health and theirs, a fast-growing sub-sector is focused on improving outcomes for all.
Was 2020 a Turning Point for Global Philanthropy? Yes and No.
Did 2020 and 2021 truly represent a turning point in philanthropy? Have foundations consequently reformed their practices — and are they sustaining those changes? The answer is complicated.
Four Key Distinctions to Help Make Sense of a Complex Philanthropic Universe
To help you navigate the complex philanthropic landscape, Michael Moody highlights four simple yet key distinctions in the field.
Reopening Federal Pell Grants for Incarcerated People Means Higher Ed and Funders Can Do More
The reopening of the federal Pell Grant program could launch a new era of higher education for people who are incarcerated.
Philanthropy’s Response to the Crises of 2020
The articles in this double issue of The Foundation Review offer intellectual, ethical, and practical frameworks for foundations in guiding their actions.
Nonprofits are Finding New Ways to Get the Data They Need
Nonprofits are taking advantage of new partnerships, tools, and technologies like data philanthropy, predictive analytics, and machine learning to demonstrate impact.
Philanthropy is Increasingly Embroiled in the Culture Wars
Many issues once thought of as areas of common ground, such as public health, have become polarizing topics in the U.S., and philanthropy is increasingly enmeshed in these larger culture wars.
By Supporting Our Field, We Support Communities Every Day
Teri Behrens highlights the importance of infrastructure organizations, like the Johnson Center, that contribute to the effective and efficient operation of the philanthropic sector.
Customizing Your Community Insight Experience: How to Save & Share Data
Explore three ways to easily save and share information from Community Insight, the Johnson Center's free online data tool.
Meet Aimée Laramore, the Johnson Center’s New Director of Learning Services
We spoke with Aimée Laramore, our new director of learning services, to learn more about her background and vision for the Johnson Center's professional development and capacity-building services.
Thu August 25
FREE! Join our conversation with representatives from the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, the Michigan Immigrants Rights Center, and Welcoming America to learn how community philanthropy and multi-sector stakeholders can work together to build inclusive, welcoming communities.
Wed August 31
FREE! Join us for a virtual conversation with the community leaders bringing “The Soul of Philanthropy” — a powerful exhibition sharing stories of generosity among Americans of African descent — to Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Wed August 31
Please join us for a special reception with a dual purpose: to congratulate Executive Director Teri Behrens on her retirement and to welcome and introduce staff who have joined the Johnson Center since 2020!
In the Media
Thu July 28
County commission candidates focus on infrastructure
Source: Macomb Daily
Mon July 11
Survey says Macomb County missing out on non-profit dollars
Source: Macomb Daily
Wed June 29
Here’s How a Longtime Family Foundation Fractured, and Shifted Gears for a Meaningful Final Act
Source: Inside Philanthropy
Tue May 17
One of Southeast Michigan's largest private foundations is shifting to a spend-down model
Source: Crain's Detroit Business