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
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
11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2019: Anticipate and Embrace What’s Next Giving in the United States has now topped $400 billion. Countless community and national organizations are benefiting from a surge in public interest and a growing conviction that renewing our democracy will require that we work together. The entire
In conversation with the Center for Arab American Philanthropy 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. As a community foundation grounded in
Unnatural Disasters: Can Nonprofit Governance Promote Recovery in Detroit and Flint? by Davia Cox Downey Over the past two years, my research partner, Sarah Reckhow of Michigan State University and I have explored the concept of disaster, whether natural or man-made, to examine how these types of events impact collaboration
My Foundation for Community Engagement by Kyle Caldwell Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center, was recently named to the Board of Trustees of the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (GRCF). Kyle took this opportunity to reflect on his long history with GRCF and the importance of community foundations in
What trends will affect your work in 2018? The nonprofit sector in the United States employs approximately one in 10 workers in the country, and the field is changing quickly. A group of experts and thought leaders in the nonprofit sector at Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for
The Continued Rise of Collective Giving by Jason Franklin, Ph.D., W.K. Kellogg Chair for Community Philanthropy Collective giving groups, often known as giving circles, have tripled in number since 2007 and are an increasingly popular way for donors from diverse backgrounds to amplify the impact of their giving. This growth
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.
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.