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

By Lori Eaton, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

“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 …

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Nonprofits are Playing a Vital Role in Civic Engagement

by Tory Martin, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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 …

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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, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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 …

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

by Jeff Terpstra, Scott Allen Creative

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. …

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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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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Curation of Community at Grand Rapids’ Neighborhood Summit

By Kevin Peterson, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

A few years ago, someone I respect told me that people love reading the word “curate” and that I should try to use it wherever possible.

Whether or not that’s true, it has definitely led me to …

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Learning in Foundations

Teri Behrens, Johnson Center for Philanthropy

During the months of April, May, and June, the Johnson Center is hosting Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

Vol. 11, Issue 1 of The Foundation Review focuses on learning in foundations. This latest issue of …

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Invite In the City: Learning from Audience Data at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

Brad TerHaar, Grand Rapids Art Museum

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.

Over 100 years after our founding in 1910, the Grand Rapids Art …

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For Nonprofits, the Tax Landscape is Far From Settled

Kyle Caldwell and Donna Murray-Brown

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect last year, nonprofits and others worried that parts of the new law could damage charitable giving in the U.S. and divert nonprofit resources away from their missions and towards their tax bills. …

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