Announcing the Community Data and Research Lab at the Johnson Center

Announcing the Community Data and Research Lab at the Johnson Center

by Teri Behrens

The Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is now the Community Data and Research Lab.

The Community Research Institute (CRI) has provided insightful, collaborative research and evaluation services to nonprofits and foundations in Michigan for almost 20 years.

CRI was …

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Evaluation & Impact Investing Webinar Series

Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Three-Part Webinar Series

by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement (AEA SIM) working group, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Mission Investors Exchange announce a new webinar series, “Evaluation and Impact Investing,” designed …

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Inclusive Growth Communities: New Strategies for Prosperity

by Juan Olivarez

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.

While the U.S. economy has been on the upswing since 2009, that prosperity is not shared by all. “Business as …

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Meet the Woman Whose Creative Experience Provided the Germ for Organizational Learning

by Chris Kellner and Tory Martin

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

This spring’s issue of The Foundation Review (Vol. 11, Issue 1) focused on Foundation …

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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, there …

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Collaborative Learning

by Teri Behrens

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 the peer-reviewed journal …

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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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Photo: Women's March in Los Angles, CA (January 21, 2017)

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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