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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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Buy Local, Hire Local, Live Local: The Greater University Circle Model for Equitable Development

by India Pierce Lee

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.

A Tale of Two Cities

Cleveland’s Greater University Circle neighborhood has long been …

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Corporate Social Responsibility Employs Many Models to Strategically Align Business and Philanthropy

by Patty Janes and Olivia Rau

The 2010s were book-ended by two major events in the progression of corporate social responsibility (CSR). The first offered guidance for companies looking to adopt socially responsible practices, while the second declared consideration of social and environmental impact to …

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Tainted Money and Tainted Donors: A Growing Crisis?

by Michael Moody and Michael Pratt

New examples of the “tainted donor” or “tainted money” problem seem to keep popping up — the philanthropy of the Sackler family and Jeffrey Epstein, for example. Some even argue that the “cleanliness” of any money gained through capitalist practices should be considered …

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