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The Latest Issue of The Foundation Review

by Teri Behrens

The latest issue of The Foundation Review covers a broad range of topics related to the work of philanthropy, from ever-green challenges to emerging approaches to supporting work in communities. We hope you will find something you can use in these articles …

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The Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy and the Imperative of Leadership

by Sara Padilla

On a hot, humid Alabama day in June, 11 of the most influential men and women in U.S. philanthropy walked across a rolling field to witness firsthand a memorial to some of the most brutal moments in our nation’s history.

These foundation …

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A Resource for Student Leaders Right Here at Grand Valley

by Eric-John Szczepaniak

The mission of Grand Valley State University is to “educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.” The Johnson Center expands what it means to be a student beyond the typical in-class undergraduates or graduates to anyone yearning …

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Concrete Strategies are Emerging for Implementing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles

by Juan Olivarez

As we continue to explore Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity in our latest #FieldFocus campaign, we feature this piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report which highlights three specific efforts to operationalize DEI principles within the social sector: a focus on talent …

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Powering Communities While Protecting Individuals

by Erica Czaja

As publicly available data becomes increasingly more granular and more useful to communities in their efforts to expose and address inequities, the need for appropriate security measures to protect individuals’ rights to privacy is crucial. This piece from our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019 report highlights the challenge  …

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7 Resources to Guide Your Work Toward Inclusive Growth

by Kahler Sweeney

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.

In his most recent article, the Johnson Center’s Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Dr. …

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We’re Better Together: A Reflection on the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) Convening

by Rachel Borashko

It is you against the world.

Be better. Be more profitable. Be smarter. Write a better grant. Have a better program. The competitive nature of the business world seeps into the world of philanthropy. We are encouraged to compete, and we do. …

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Announcing the Community Data and Research Lab at the Johnson Center

Announcing the Community Data and Research Lab at the Johnson Center

by Teri Behrens

The Community Research Institute at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is now the Community Data and Research Lab.

The Community Research Institute (CRI) has provided insightful, collaborative research and evaluation services to nonprofits and foundations in Michigan for almost 20 years.

CRI was …

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Evaluation & Impact Investing Webinar Series

Evaluation and Impact Investing: A Three-Part Webinar Series

The American Evaluation Association’s Social Impact Measurement (AEA SIM) working group, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, the Council of Michigan Foundations and the Mission Investors Exchange announce a new webinar series, “Evaluation and Impact Investing,” designed to engage evaluators and impact …

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Inclusive Growth Communities: New Strategies for Prosperity

by Juan Olivarez

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.

While the U.S. economy has been on the upswing since 2009, that prosperity is not shared by all. “Business as …

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