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In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits

by Jeff Williams

In chaotic times, leading an organization or board of directors and being responsible for charting a clear course forward for clients, employees, and the community becomes more crucial — and more challenging.

Mental models or frameworks can be a useful …

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In the Time of Coronavirus: Resources to Support Professional Learning from Home

by Tory Martin

Many of us in philanthropy look forward to spring’s “conference season” as an opportunity to connect with far-flung colleagues and hone new skills. Yet this spring is different. The list of cancelled conferences and professional development courses is long, and likely to …

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Your Board’s Role in Ensuring Fundraising Compliance

Part 3 in our series on board development and service

by James Gilmer

The Johnson Center is partnering with Ferris State University’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center and over a dozen Grand Rapids-area organizations to support strong nonprofits and thriving communities through the Ecosystem for Nonprofit Leadership.

This blog is part …

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When It Comes to Fundraising, Nonprofit Boards Want Specific Tasks and Goals

Part 2 in our series on board development and service

by Jeb Banner

The Johnson Center is partnering with Ferris State University’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center and over a dozen Grand Rapids-area organizations to support strong nonprofits and thriving communities through the Ecosystem for …

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Meet Jeff Williams, New Director of the Johnson Center’s Community Data and Research Lab

The Johnson Center is proud to announce that Jeff Williams has joined our team as director of the Community Data and Research Lab (CDRL). Tory Martin, director of communications and engagement, sat down with Jeff to learn a bit more about his …

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To Tackle Complex Issues, Nonprofit Boards Must Embrace Their Own Complexity Through Diversity

Part 1 in our series on board development and service

by Tamela Spicer

The Johnson Center is partnering with Ferris State University’s Latino Business and Economic Development Center and over a dozen Grand Rapids-area organizations to support strong nonprofits and thriving communities through the Ecosystem …

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Building Capacity and Engaging with Communities

The Latest Issue of The Foundation Review

by Teri Behrens

Issues of The Foundation Review are either themed or unthemed collections. But, as sometimes happens with unthemed issues, we serendipitously ended up with several articles on a common theme in Volume 11, Issue 4 — in this case, capacity building. These articles …

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Alternatives to Strategic Philanthropy are Emerging

by Teri Behrens and Tory Martin

The Trust-Based Philanthropy Project launched at the end of January 2020, just days after we released 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020. The five-year initiative to promote a new kind of relationship between funders, nonprofits, and communities is the result of years of work on …

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LearnPhilanthropy Academy: A New Online Learning Resource By the Field, For the Field

A Q&A with Dr. Michael Moody

The Johnson Center is proud to introduce LearnPhilanthropy Academy!

This new e-learning platform is designed to make it easy for philanthropy and nonprofit professionals, individual donors, and other lifelong learners to expand their …

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Summit Replay

Lessons Learned, Lessons Shared: Reflections From Three Donor Journeys

by Michael Moody

Summit Replay — the compilation of reflections and videos presented here — was produced as part of the Johnson Center’s Donor Journeys Initiative. Click here to learn more.

Smart, effective giving requires continuous learning along the donor journey. Often the best sources for this learning …

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