The First Peer-Reviewed Journal of Philanthropy
Published quarterly, The Foundation Review shares evaluation results, tools, and knowledge about the philanthropic sector to improve grantmaking and support greater impact.

Launched at the Johnson Center in 2009, The Foundation Review is the nation’s first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff, boards, and those who work with them.

With a combination of rigorous research and accessible writing, journal content can help you and your team put new ideas and good practices to work for more effective philanthropy. Members of the Editorial Advisory Board are experts in grantmaking and program evaluation.

The journal is indexed in SCOPUS and the Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index, and is housed on ScholarWorks, an external research and scholarly content site and service of the Grand Valley State University Libraries.

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Inclusive Growth Communities: Tools, Practices, Collaborations, and Commitments
Inclusive Growth Communities: Tools, Practices, Collaborations, and Commitments
The articles in The Foundation Review Volume 12, Issue 4, guest-edited by Juan Olivarez, center on efforts to support inclusive growth communities.
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Postsecondary Education Attainment: Programs, Tools, and Local Policies
Postsecondary Education Attainment: Programs, Tools, and Local Policies
The need for postsecondary education or training in order to secure a living wage job has become increasingly clear. The articles in The Foundation Review Volume 12, Issue 3 offer examples of programs, tools, and local policies to consider.
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Context matters.
Context matters.
Volume 12, issue 2 of The Foundation Review explores context and the importance of understanding the bigger picture in philanthropy.
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Challenging times require smart, adaptive philanthropy.
Challenging times require smart, adaptive philanthropy.
This issue of The Foundation Review (vol. 12, iss. 1) offers timely suggestions for foundations seeking to respond effectively in challenging times.
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Building Capacity and Engaging With Communities
Building Capacity and Engaging With Communities
This issue of The Foundation Review (vol. 11, iss. 4) features articles on capacity building and how foundations engage with communities.
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Impactful Collaboration, DEI Consulting, and More
Impactful Collaboration, DEI Consulting, and More
Teri Behrens gives an overview of The Foundation Review Vol. 11, Iss. 3, which covers a broad range of topics related to the work of philanthropy.
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Collaborative Learning
Collaborative Learning
Authors in this issue of The Foundation Review: Collaborative Learning (vol. 11, issue 2) share their experiences with shared learning efforts.
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Learning in Foundations
Learning in Foundations
In this issue of The Foundation Review: Foundation Learning (vol. 11, issue 1), authors share their approaches to internal foundation learning.
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Call for Papers

Abstracts are being solicited for Vol. 13, Issue 4, to be published in December 2021. This issue, sponsored by the C. S. Mott Foundation, will be focused on community leadership and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), and will share what has been learned about how the SDGs have been used by the philanthropic sector at the community level as a communications, organizing, and evaluation framework.

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