Top-down, Meet Bottom-up (Elite Power, New Power, and Sharing Power)

by Paul Schmitz

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Does change come from the bottom up or top …

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Tory Martin & Teri Behrens

Meet the Johnson Center’s New Executive Director, Dr. Teresa (Teri) Behrens

Teri Behrens, Ph.D. began her new role as the Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy on October 22, 2018. Tory Martin, the Johnson Center’s director of communications and engagement, sat down with Teri to learn more about her vision for our …

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Rebuilding Trust in Civil Society Means Rebuilding Trust in Each Other

by Dan Cardinali

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

Independent Sector is the only national membership organization …

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Taking a Systems Approach to Change with Young Americans

by Derrick Feldmann

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

The Cause & Social Influence Initiative recently released the “Influencing …

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Change Can Start Anywhere. It’s Up to Philanthropy to Get Onboard.

by Dennis McMillian

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well. Join the conversation by using #FieldFocus on social media …

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Local Action: Philanthropy’s Answer to “Where Do I Start?”

by Tory Martin

This blog was produced as a part of Field Focus: Local Action, a three-month digital series examining how individuals and organizations plug in to the communities they care about and spur others into action, as well.

There are countless organizations dedicated to helping individuals begin their …

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A Student’s Take on What Philanthropy Really Means

by Mariah Otlewski

In August 2015, I finished packing up my childhood room, said goodbye to my dog, and drove west to my new home — Grand Valley State University. I came from a small town on the east side of Lansing, Michigan. My dad was the varsity football …

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Let’s Stop Talking About Leadership

by Tory Martin

“We’re constantly questioning ourselves. Are you working hard enough? Are you organized enough? Are you the leader these times require?” Tamir Novotny, executive director of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP), looked out over the crowd of 200 or so young professionals who gathered in Detroit, Mich. two weeks ago …

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Your Organization’s Archives Could Be a Treasure Trove of Donor Intent

by Brittany Kienker  //  photo credit: Rockefeller Archive Center

In considering how to best navigate modern-day institutional challenges, board members and staff may ask, “What did the founder intend for this program?” or “Is this what the donor really wanted?” Whether you are looking forward or …

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Meet the Johnson Center’s New Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Juan Olivarez

Juan R. Olivarez, Ph.D. joined the Johnson Center in July 2018 as Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Before he began his position, Tory Martin, Director of Communications and Engagement, sat down with Dr. Olivarez to hear …

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