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How Has Philanthropy Changed in 30 Years?

July 12 @ 12:00 pm1:00 pm EDT

How Has Philanthropy Changed in 30 Years?

Part of the Johnson Center’s 30th Anniversary Summer Learning Series

This program is the first in a three-part series marking our 30th anniversary. Join us again in August and September for additional free programs!

When the Johnson Center was established in 1992, the landscape of philanthropic giving and nonprofit infrastructure looked very different than the field we know today — specifically, it was quite a bit smaller.

In the three decades that have followed, giving has expanded dramatically — often in ways that might have been unpredictable 30 years ago — and the number of nonprofits has exploded.

Megadonors have become much more mega, the lines between the sectors have blurred more than anyone expected, and most institutions for research about this field — and most university degree programs — have been established in the past three decades.

Still, many other aspects of the field and its institutions have endured, and not always for the better. Challenges have emerged as the field has professionalized, and the sector continues to see increasing demand.

Join Michael Moody and Jeff Williams for a discussion about what nonprofits and donors — both individual and institutional — can do to prepare for sustaining the important work of philanthropy in a new era of change and challenge. This data- and insights-rich discussion will also explore the sector’s remarkable transformation and growth over 30 years, based on Dr. Moody’s retrospective essay, Philanthropy 1992–2022: What difference can 30 years make?

Price: Free
Format: Virtual

Who should attend?
This event is free and open to the public! The program is designed for anyone interested in the field of philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Please note this workshop will be recorded and shared with registrants and on the Johnson Center website after the live session.

Questions about this event or about your registration?
Call 616-331-7585 or email jcp@gvsu.edu.

Photo: Michael Moody
Michael Moody, Ph.D., is the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Dr. Moody serves as an accessible guide to the rapidly evolving and complex landscape of philanthropy and social innovation, helping diverse audiences see the vital role that giving plays in society, and expanding both the practice and understanding of philanthropy. Learn more about Michael.

Photo: Jeff Williams
Jeff Williams, M.A., M.B.A., is the director of the Community Data and Research Lab at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. In this role, he oversees a staff of researchers, database experts, and web developers who promote access to data and provide insights into nonprofit and philanthropic organizations and activities. He oversees the lab’s annual research agenda, supervises staff, and is a member of the Johnson Center’s leadership team. Learn more about Jeff.


July 12
12:00 pm–1:00 pm EDT
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