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Building an Organizational Culture that Withstands Change

September 19, 2017 @ 1:00 PM2:30 PM

Grantmaking Webinar Series

Building an Organizational Culture that Withstands Change

Presented in partnership with the Council of Michigan Foundations

How do you create a healthy culture, especially during a leadership transition? Join us in this webinar to hear from your peers who have managed changing internal landscapes and led leadership transitions successfully. Learn tips and tricks that will help you shift culture in your organization, even if there is no transition in your future.

Presenters: Melanca Clark and Mike Goorhouse
Moderator: Kyle Caldwell

CMF Members: $35
Non-members: $70

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Completion of this webinar counts toward the CMF-Johnson Center Grantmaking Series Certificate of Completion. Learn more about the series here.

Deadline to register is September 19 @ noon.

Melanca ClarkMelanca Clark is President and CEO of the Hudson-Webber Foundation. As President, she oversees the overall operation, grant making and administration of the Foundation which has contributed over $200 million to improve the quality of life in Detroit since 1939.  Prior to joining the Foundation in August 2016, Melanca held several senior position in the Obama Administration including Chief of Staff of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Senior Policy Advisor with the White House Domestic Policy Council, and Senior Counsel with DOJ’s Access to Justice Initiative.

Prior to her government service, Melanca served as Counsel at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, a John J. Gibbons Fellow in Public Interest and Constitutional Law at the Gibbons law firm, and a Skadden Fellow and Assistant Counsel with the Economic Justice Group of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr., U.S. District Court of New Jersey; adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, and a litigation associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

Melanca earned her law degree from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Brown University.

Mike GoorhouseMike Goorhouse‘s involvement with the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area (CFHZ) goes back 13 years as he was a member of the Youth Advisory Committee, Development Committee and 60th Anniversary Task Force before joining the staff as Vice President of Donor Development in 2012 and becoming President/CEO in 2014. He has spent his entire career in philanthropy including working with Private Foundations, Community Foundations, and Youth Grantmakers while at the Council of Michigan Foundations.

Mike has a degree in Secondary Education from Calvin College and a Masters’ degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University. Mike is also a Certified Gift Planning Associate and a Certified Fund Raising Manager.

Over the years Mike has been recognized for his commitment to philanthropy. In 2009 he was named the Community Foundation’s first ever Young Philanthropist of the Year. In 2011 he was named one of the top 30 Civic Leaders under the age of 30 in the nation by Splashlife and the National Conference on Citizenship. In 2013 he was given the Catalyst Award by Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. He has been recognized as one of the Grand Rapids Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 Business Leaders for three years in a row: 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Mike serves on numerous nonprofit boards including: Project Clarity, Learning to Give, Holland Christian Foundation, Association for a More Just Society, Bread for the World and Ottawa Housing Next.

Photo: Kyle CaldwellKyle Caldwell is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. In this leadership role, Caldwell is responsible for the administrative and development functions of the organization while providing vision, passion, and guidance to one of the nation’s largest centers for philanthropy. He comes to this role having lead and worked in a wide variety of organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

As a champion of the nonprofit sector, Caldwell has been a staunch advocate for nonprofits and foundations to exercise the full expression of their rights and responsibilities. He has also taken on leadership roles in helping develop strategies and programming initiatives that strengthen the philanthropic sector. Most recently, he served as the Director for the Pathways to Opportunity Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation where he helped evolve the Foundation’s approach to addressing poverty to focus on education.

Caldwell has served on a number of national boards including Points of Light, Independent Sector, Nonprofit Votes, and the National Council of Nonprofits. At the state level, Caldwell served as a member of the Michigan Community Service Commission. He earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in communication from Western Michigan University. Both WMU and Lansing Community College (where he earned an associate’s degree in photojournalism) have bestowed Caldwell with exemplary alumni awards.

Programming questions? Email Andrea Judd or call (313) 960-4192.
Registration questions? Email Denise Temple or call (616) 850-2136.


September 19, 2017
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
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Johnson Center in partnership with Council of Michigan Foundations