We listen before we create: How learning relates to designing a brand

by Jeff Terpstra

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.

“If we aren’t growing, we’re dead.”

I have come to believe in this statement. Okay, well, maybe …

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Nonprofit Media is Experiencing a Growth Spurt — So is Philanthropy’s Response

by Tory Martin

One week ago, The Salt Lake Tribune became the first legacy U.S. daily newspaper to file for 501(c)(3) status, citing millions of dollars in declining revenue and a determination to keep local journalism alive.

This trend has been building for a decade: more …

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Won’t You Be My Neighbor? The Curation of Community at Grand Rapids’ Neighborhood Summit

By Kevin Peterson

A few years ago, someone I respect told me that people love reading the word “curate” and that I should try to use it wherever possible.

Whether or not that’s true, it has definitely led me to overuse the term. But …

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Learning in Foundations

by Teri Behrens

During the months of April, May, and June, the Johnson Center is hosting Field Focus: Learning for Good, a three-month digital series to consider the value and practice of learning in philanthropy.

Vol. 11, Issue 1 of The Foundation Review focuses on learning in foundations. This latest issue of the peer-reviewed journal …

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Invite In the City: Learning from Audience Data at the Grand Rapids Art Museum

by Brad TerHaar

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.

Over 100 years after our founding in 1910, the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) …

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For Nonprofits, the Tax Landscape is Far From Settled

by Kyle Caldwell and Donna Murray-Brown

When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) went into effect last year, nonprofits and others worried that parts of the new law could damage charitable giving in the U.S. and divert nonprofit resources away from their missions and towards their tax …

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Learning the Way Forward

by Teri Behrens

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.

In the philanthropic sector, we’re told to find time to evaluate, reflect and learn about our past efforts — but to also keep up-to-date …

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As Religiosity Changes, Donor Engagement Needs to Adapt

by Tamela Spicer

Some estimates suggest that the percentage of U.S. giving that goes to religious or religiously-affiliated organizations could be as much as 73 percent or more. But with Americans’ religious and spiritual habits changing, the future of this giving could be uncertain.

You’re invited to join us on …

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Notes on Candid: The Merger of Foundation Center and GuideStar

by Teri Behrens

Congratulations to Candid — the new organization formed by the merger of the Foundation Center and GuideStar. Candid will be a powerful source of data on the sector, including both foundations and nonprofits.

The public announcement of the merger is also a good time to …

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The Boundaries Are Blurring Between Philanthropy and Business

by Michael Moody

On January 28, 2019, John and Laura Arnold became the latest major philanthropists to commit to a new way of giving. Like Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Pierre Omidyar before them, the Arnolds have decided to restructure their giving through a charitable …

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