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In the Time of Coronavirus: Can nonprofits and foundations use their endowments as a resource for recovery?

by Jeff Williams

In our first two posts, we focused on risks facing nonprofits and their likely cash on hand, especially in Michigan, but with findings representative of nonprofits nationwide. In this third post, we pivot to looking at endowments …

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What will we learn from our collective vulnerability?

by Leslie Starsoneck

I joined the staff at the Johnson Center at the beginning of April as director of learning services, amidst a pandemic. I’m getting to know my colleagues and the Center’s work remotely. It has its challenges, but nothing that comes close to what most Americans are …

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Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis: Part Two of Two

This post features an excerpt of an article originally published by KConnect in the second of a two-part blog series, Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis. Focusing on how structural inequity shows up in healthcare, education, and jobs and income, the series features our own Dr. Juan Olivarez, …

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Learning from COVID-19: Five Self-Care Approaches for the Nonprofit Sector

by Mandy Sharp Eizinger

COVID-19 is the global pandemic of the generation.

Operating under crisis is often the norm for nonprofit organizations, and COVID-19 is revealing the complexity of global crises and their bearing on self-care for individuals in the sector. As parts of the world enter recovery …

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Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis: Part One of Two

This post features an excerpt of an article originally published by KConnect in the first of a two-part blog series, Equity in the COVID-19 Crisis. Focusing on how structural inequity shows up in healthcare, education, and jobs and income, the series features our own Dr. Juan Olivarez, …

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Capacity Building for Resilience Part 1: Stories of Creative Capacity Amidst COVID-19

by Tamela Spicer

As a vital part of the American economy, the viability of the nonprofit sector is only as strong as the organizations themselves, and that strength has been in question for several years. In the State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey 2018, 57% …

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Equity Mapping Tools Combine the Power of Data and Narrative Change

by Kallie Bauer and Rachel Borashko

Philanthropy and technology are changing rapidly, and as more and more data become available, the need for easy-to-use, accessible tools for organizing and interpreting that data is becoming more urgent. More organizations are now answering that call through a combination …

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Nonprofits, Cash, and Lifelines

by Jeff Williams and Tamela Spicer

How many Michigan charitable, 501(c)(3) nonprofits have two or more months of cash on hand to cover normal, average monthly expenses — and what should organizations at risk be doing now?

That was our follow-on question to the Johnson Center’s recent post about …

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Challenging Times Require Smart, Adaptive Philanthropy

The Latest Issue of The Foundation Review

by Teri Behrens

As I write this, I — like many of you — have been working from home for several weeks as COVID-19 continues to ravage the world, but glimmers of hope are appearing. We’re seeing infection and mortality rates slow down as physical …

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Meet Leslie Starsoneck, the Johnson Center’s New Director of Learning Services

The Johnson Center is proud to announce that Leslie Starsoneck has joined our team as director of learning services. Tory Martin, director of communications and engagement, spoke with Leslie to learn a bit more about her professional background and vision for the Johnson Center’s professional …

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