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GVSU’s mission is to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

As an applied research center of Grand Valley State University, we’re proud to play a central role in preparing emerging practitioners to pursue distinguished careers in the nonprofit sector.

We work closely with colleagues across the university to develop research projects, leverage institutional assets, and provide world-class learning and job training for undergraduate and graduate students.

Fellowships in Philanthropic Studies

The Johnson Center’s fellowships are open to GVSU faculty and students. Through original research, publication opportunities, and faculty-student mentorship, fellows are encouraged to explore new approaches to and ways of understanding philanthropy.

Agard Student Fellowships in Community Philanthropy

Kathy Agard retired as executive director of the Johnson Center in 2010, after a career providing leadership for the Michigan Community Foundations’ Youth Project and Learning to Give. Each year, two Agard Fellows are selected to engage in research in community philanthropy and to contribute to ongoing research at the Johnson Center.

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2022-2023 Agard Student Fellows:
Maddison Reilly, Graduate Student, GVSU; Winni Walsh, Graduate Student, GVSU

Orosz Student Fellowship in Philanthropy

Joel Orosz, distinguished professor of philanthropic studies emeritus at GVSU, founded The Grantmaking School and was a program director at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Each year, two Orosz Fellows are selected to engage in research in philanthropy as it relates to their academic discipline and to contribute to research at the Johnson Center.

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2022-2023 Orosz Fellows:
Laken Chapin, Undergraduate Student, GVSU; Nicole “Knicki” Karsies, Graduate Student, GVSU

Mawby Faculty Fellowship in Philanthropic Studies

This fellowship honors long-time president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and co-founder of the Johnson Center, Russ Mawby. One faculty member is selected annually to conduct research focused on the intersection of philanthropy and their field of study. The fellow selects two undergraduate student fellows as research assistants.

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2022-2024 Mawby Faculty Fellow:
Elena Lioubimtseva, Professor, GVSU; Katherine Carron, Undergraduate Student, GVSU; Bushra Mohamed-Elmabruk Rashrash, Undergraduate Student, GVSU

My single biggest privilege at GVSU was receiving the Agard/Orosz Fellowship for 2019-2020. Since my first lecture with Dr. Moody, I desired to work with him at the Johnson Center. As an international student, an opportunity to work with individuals of such a high caliber is normally only a dream. The fellowship allowed me to research emerging topics in philanthropy and it gave me an opportunity to be in the same room as some of the most influential philanthropic thinkers in the country.”

Pedro Gomes

2019-2020 Agard Fellow at the Johnson Center

Pedro Gomes

2019-2020 Agard Fellow at the Johnson Center

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Degree Programs in Philanthropy

Our university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate opportunities in philanthropy through the Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration program. Several Johnson Center team members serve as educators in these programs.

GVSU Charge for Racial Equity & Inclusion

As part of the Grand Valley State University community, we are committed to taking concrete actions to bring about greater justice, equity, and inclusion. Read the official statement from GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella and explore the university’s detailed action plan and anti-racism resources at the link below.

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