Should I Stay or Should I Go? Exit Strategies for Foundations

By Teri Behrens, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning

Since 2010, there has been a significant shift toward creating foundations that have a defined endpoint. According to one estimate1, about 19 percent of family foundations established between 2010 and 2014 plan to spend out …

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VoiceGR 2016 Survey Results Released

by Jodi Petersen, Ph.D., Director, Community Research Institute

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy’s Community Research Institute has released its VoiceGR results for 2016. The VoiceGR survey seeks to inform local decision makers and stakeholders utilizing data on the opinions, attitudes, and perceptions of local residents. The survey asks about prominent issues such …

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Family Donors Gather to Discuss Enduring Challenges in Philanthropy

by Michael Moody, Ph.D.  //  Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

The passions and goals of donors matter a lot in philanthropy, especially family philanthropy. Donor interests not only motivate giving, but often direct where much of that giving goes and which causes, organizations, and strategies get the …

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Johnson Center teams help Bosch Community Fund evaluate its impact and funding

by Amber Erickson, M.S.W.  //  Community Research Institute

The Community Research Institute (CRI) and the Institute for Foundation and Donor Learning (IFDL) have partnered for a project with the Bosch Community Fund (BCF). BCF was established in 2012 and has granted more than $11 million …

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11 Trends for 2017
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2017?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and …

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11 Trends for 2017

What trends will affect your work in 2017?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and years to come.

Download and read the full report, featuring …

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F. Martin Johnson

We Remember F. Martin “Mart” Johnson

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy expresses its condolences to the Johnson family for the loss of F. Martin Johnson. He passed away peacefully in his home on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Mart, as he was known among friends and in the community, was the devoted husband and life partner …

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by Jason Franklin, Ph.D.

Last month I joined over 400 leaders from 60 countries at the first Global Community Philanthropy Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was a powerful gathering where we explored the future of collective giving as an approach to build local capacity and assets, strengthen social trust, and democratize control of philanthropy and …

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Celebrating 25 Years of Philanthropy

by Kyle Caldwell

In 1992, Grand Valley State University established what has become one of the most well-respected centers for philanthropy in the nation. Throughout its 25-year history, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy has been at the forefront of innovation in engaged philanthropy. The center works and partners with donors …

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11 Trends for 2017
What are the trends that will be affecting your work in 2017?

Drawing on our local, national, and international research, tool development, training, and data work, leaders from the Johnson Center have identified 11 key trends that will impact the work of both grantmakers or nonprofit leaders in the months and …

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