Photos of current and former Detroit Innovation Fellows. Top row (L to R): Shamayim ‘Mama Shu’ Harris, Juan Carlos Dueweke-Perez, Phillis Judkins, and Nicole Lindsey. Bottom row (L to R): Jackson Koeppel, Rebecca “Bucky” Willis, Tanya Saldivar-Ali, and Ali Dirul.

The Power of Investing in People: 6 Lessons from the Detroit Innovation Fellowship

by Pamela Lewis

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity.

In 2017, my colleagues and I at the New Economy Initiative (NEI), an entrepreneurial …

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Members of the Mississippi Youth Council (MYCouncil) at the State Capitol in Jackson, Miss in 2018. Photo courtesy of Nina Robinson/The Verbatim Agency/Getty Images. Some rights reserved.

As Donors and as Causes, Women are Taking the Lead in Philanthropy

by Kate Pew Wolters

Last month, Melinda Gates announced her pledge to spend $1 billion over the next decade to help close the gender equality gap — to put more women in positions to make decisions, control resources, and shape policies and perspectives. And with the …

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Making Foundation Administration Easier by Using Sample Documents

by Brittany Kienker

Foundations come in many shapes and sizes. Some organizations house dozens of staff in elaborate offices, while other foundations are managed from a board member’s kitchen table. Regardless of their size or scope of grantmaking, these foundations are expected to carry out many of the same …

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The Alumni House at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich.

Impactful Collaboration, DEI Consulting, and More – The Latest Issue of The Foundation Review

by Teri Behrens

The latest issue of The Foundation Review covers a broad range of topics related to the work of philanthropy, from ever-green challenges to emerging approaches to supporting work in communities. We hope you will find something you can use in …

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Photo: Participants at The Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy

The Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy and the Imperative of Leadership

by Sara Padilla

On a hot, humid Alabama day in June, 11 of the most influential men and women in U.S. philanthropy walked across a rolling field to witness firsthand a memorial to some of the most brutal moments in our nation’s history.

These foundation …

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A Resource for Student Leaders Right Here at Grand Valley

by Eric-John Szczepaniak

The mission of Grand Valley State University is to “educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.” The Johnson Center expands what it means to be a student beyond the typical in-class undergraduates or graduates to anyone yearning …

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Concrete Strategies are Emerging for Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles

by Juan Olivarez

As we continue to explore Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity in our latest #FieldFocus campaign, we feature this piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report which highlights three specific efforts to operationalize DEI principles within the social sector: a focus on talent …

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Powering Communities While Protecting Individuals

by Erica Czaja

As publicly available data becomes increasingly more granular and more useful to communities in their efforts to expose and address inequities, the need for appropriate security measures to protect individuals’ rights to privacy is crucial. This piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report highlights the challenge  …

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Photo: Dr. Juan Olivarez talks with other Johnson Center staff members in a meeting.

7 Resources to Guide Your Work Toward Inclusive Growth

by Kahler Sweeney

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity, a digital series to explore philanthropy’s role in inclusive economic development and community prosperity.

In his most recent article, the Johnson Center’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. …

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We’re Better Together: A Reflection on the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Convening

by Rachel Borashko

It is you against the world.

Be better. Be more profitable. Be smarter. Write a better grant. Have a better program. The competitive nature of the business world seeps into the world of philanthropy. We are encouraged to compete, and we do. …

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