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Corporate Social Responsibility in Our Community

February 26 @ 11:30 AM1:00 PM EST

Corporate Social Responsibility in Our Community // Part of the Johnson Center's FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series

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This event is part of the Johnson Center’s FREE Brown Bag Lunch & Learn series.

How are businesses partnering with nonprofits today? What role can nonprofits play in helping businesses accomplish their corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals and objectives?

As business leaders redefine the role and goals of business in society, there are increasing opportunities for nonprofits and community organizations to develop innovative partnerships with businesses of all types.

Join us for a panel discussion with local professionals to hear about the important and evolving role business has in our community and the different roles nonprofits play in helping companies achieve their CSR goals.

We’ll explore:

  • Trends in CSR
  • Innovative ways nonprofits of all sizes are working with businesses
  • Tactical tips & best practices


  • Chris Andrus, co-owner, The Mitten Brewing Company and founder, Mitten Foundation, Inc.
  • Kim Bode, owner and founder, 8thirtyfour Integrated Communications
  • Alice Jasper, sustainable business program manager, Local First

Kim Bode and Chris Andrus founded Small Biz 4 Equality, a coalition of West Michigan small businesses whose mission is to expand the Elliot-Larsen Civil Rights Act to include explicit protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in Michigan housing, education, employment, and public accommodations. For more information, visit the Facebook page or the coalition’s website.

Moderator: Patty Janes, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Grand Valley State University

See Dr. Janes’ essay on CSR in our 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020 report.

Cost: Free!
Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch to this event. Water, coffee, and tea will be provided.

Deadline to register is Tuesday, February 25.

Photo: Chris Andrus
Chris Andrus is co-owner of The Mitten Brewing Company and vice president and founder of the 501(c)(3) Mitten Foundation, Inc. Chris and his business partner Max Trierweiler have grown the brewing company from a small startup to a $4MM+ company with three locations and more than 100 employees, and have presided over nearly $300,000 in charitable gifts since 2012. Chris has spoken on entrepreneurship and philanthropy at Grand Valley State University, Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and Alma College, and is a regular panelist for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce Small Business Series. Chris has appeared on Food Network, and The Mitten Brewing Company has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, CNN, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, MSN, U.S. News and World Report, and many others. Chris is a member of The Westside Collaborative Board of Directors. He is a member of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce’s OutPro Leadership Council and serves on the Leadership Council for the West Michigan Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2019, he formed Small Biz 4 Equality, a Michigan business coalition whose goal is to advocate for expansion of Michigan’s Civil Rights act to include protections for LGBTQ+ persons. Chris is also a campaign committee member and speechwriter for Hillary Scholten for Congress in Michigan’s Third Congressional District.
Photo: Kim Bode
Kim Bode is owner and founder of 8THIRTYFOUR Integrated Communications, an award-winning marketing and communications agency in Grand Rapids. Kim founded the organization when it became glaringly obvious that companies need one agency to fulfill all their needs. The kickass team at 8THIRTYFOUR becomes an extension of our clients, using the best talent, innovative ideas, and up-to-date data to guide custom, integrated strategies. Sometimes being different means being better.
Photo: Alice Jasper
Alice Jasper is the sustainable business program manager for Local First. In this role, Alice oversees Good For Michigan, a statewide campaign which celebrates and promotes businesses who have positive and measurable impacts on their employees, communities and the environment and serves as the official convener of Michigan’s community of B Corp certified businesses. In her role at Good For Michigan, Alice collaborates with regional stakeholders to curate resources and educational events intended to guide the cultural shift that uses business as a force for good. In addition to her work with Good For Michigan, Alice participates in WGVU Public Media’s ‘Shaping Narratives’ program where she serves as creator, producer and host of a media project intended to address the barriers and opportunities to increasing representation of people of color in outdoor recreation and environmental advocacy. In recognition for her work, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum recently presented Alice with the ‘The Future Hall of Fame Award’ which honors emerging sustainable business professionals in the West Michigan region.
Photo: Patty Janes
Dr. Patty Janes is a professor in the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). She joined GVSU in 2012 from Central Michigan University where she was a Professor in the Recreation Parks and Leisure Services Administration Department for 21 years. She has taught 20 different courses in hospitality, tourism and recreation. However, her primary teaching areas include marketing and research. She has been recognized for her higher education efforts which include community based learning in 2017 as the sole nominee from GVSU for the Michigan Campus Compact Champion of Engagement Award, and in 2011 while at CMU as the CMU Distinguished Professor of the Year awardee, and nominee to the Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan, Michigan Professor of the Year. Read more about Dr. Janes.


February 26
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM EST
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