The annual Greater Grand Rapids Community Survey is a powerful tool for understanding the needs of Kent County residents. The driving philosophy behind the questionnaire is that citizen well-being can be measured by the extent to which their basic needs are met. The core questions of the survey relate to areas such as education, employment, housing and health.

The Community Research Institute of the Johnson Center has committed to providing briefs related to prominent indicators found in the survey. Briefs will be released throughout 2012 on civic engagement, health, basic needs, and education, just to name a few.

Our first brief on civic engagement provides an overview of responses from the survey related to the political action, religious involvement, community participation, and recreational involvement of individuals in the Greater Grand Rapids region.

We would like to thank Ruth Kelly, Grand Rapids City Commissioner, for contributing to the brief with a response to the results at the end of the brief.

You can view the full brief here

Or visit this link to find a presentation created for the overall survey results from 2011, as well as a 2011 Chartbook and reports and briefs from previous years. 


Established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy promotes effective philanthropy, community improvement, and excellence in nonprofit leadership through teaching, research, and service. The Johnson Center is recognized for its applied research and professional development benefiting practitioners and nonprofits through its Community Research Institute, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, The Foundation Review, The Grantmaking School, Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Library, and Nonprofit Services.

Grand Valley State University is a four-year public university. It attracts more than 24,500 students with high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 81 undergraduate and 29 graduate degree programs from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, and from regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 1,900 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

For more information, contact Robert Shalett, communications director for the Johnson Center, at 616-331-7585.

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