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The Wealth Gap is Becoming a Giving Gap

by Michael Moody

The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) raised concerns across the philanthropic sector that the increased standard deduction would drive down charitable giving. While it will likely be years before we know for certain what, if any, impact TCJA has on Americans’ giving habits, …

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Collaborative Learning

Teri Behrens, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

This blog was produced as part of Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

Vol. 11, Issue 2 of The Foundation Review focuses on on how foundations engage in learning through collaboration with others. This latest issue of …

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VoiceKent: Explore the latest survey results and key findings.

Using VoiceKent Survey Results to Advance Your Mission

Johnson Center and Kent County Health Department Partnership Expands Community Survey Countywide

by Melyssa Tsai O’Brien

VoiceKent (previously known as VoiceGR) is a county-wide survey about residents’ views and experiences related to health and well-being, discrimination and inclusion, and overall quality of life in Kent County, Michigan. The aim of …

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Learning Together:
Five tips for building relationships that lead to learning

by Ben Liadsky and Andrew Taylor

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

Leonardo DaVinci once said that the greatest deceptions we suffer arise from our own …

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Thirty years is too long: A Reflection on Advancing Foundation Archives 2019

by Lori Eaton

“Thirty years is too long,” was a refrain I heard over and over again at the Advancing Foundation Archives meeting on June 12, 2019.

The meeting convened information professionals from across the country at the Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice and was …

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Nonprofits are Playing a Vital Role in Civic Engagement

by Tory Martin

In this piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report, Tory Martin highlights the many ways in which nonprofit organizations are playing an increasingly visible role in our political lives — as pathways in to action and as proponents of civic engagement itself.

Anecdotally, …

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No time for learning? Take a cue from Ice Cube and “Check yo self before you wreck yo self.”

by Jara Dean-Coffey and Kelly Hannum

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

When the folks at the Johnson …

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More Tools — and More Calls — to Align Foundation Culture with Mission and Values

by Teri Behrens

In this piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report, Teri Behrens examines the emerging interest in tools and resources to support more aligned, inclusive foundation cultures.

At any gathering of nonprofit organizations, complaints about the challenges of …

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We listen before we create: How learning relates to designing a brand

by Jeff Terpstra

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

“If we aren’t growing, we’re dead.”

I have come to believe in this statement. Okay, well, maybe …

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Nonprofit Media is Experiencing a Growth Spurt — So is Philanthropy’s Response

by Tory Martin

One week ago, The Salt Lake Tribune became the first legacy U.S. daily newspaper to file for 501(c)(3) status, citing millions of dollars in declining revenue and a determination to keep local journalism alive.

This trend has been building for a decade: more …

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