Effective Philanthropy

We help donors and foundations nationwide adopt best practices and engage with peers and practitioners in the field. We can tailor our research, knowledge, and training to your needs. Common areas of support include professional development, customized training curricula, strategy and evaluation services, and grantee capacity building. Learn more about our services for foundations and donors.

Strong Nonprofits

We help nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, tools, and thinking for better impact. Our one-on-one consultation services, trainings, and technical assistance are designed for organizations of all sizes and in all stages of growth. Areas of support include fundraising, governance, strategic planning, collaboration, and more. Learn more about our services for nonprofits.

Informed Community Change

We guide nonprofits, foundations, institutions, and neighborhood groups in using data to do good. Our customized tools and research services collect and interpret national and local data. Working with our partners, we share this original research for use in awareness building, local and regional decision making, program evaluation, and more. Learn more about our community data and research services.

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    • LearnPhilanthropy

      A marketplace of knowledge, tools, and connections for newcomers. Navigate the field, learn with peers and thought leaders, and improve your grant making.

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    • Our State of Generosity

      An online platform to share Michigan’s philanthropic history. Discover milestones that made the state a leader, and get tools for effective philanthropy.

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    • Community Profiles 2.0

      Explore housing and economics data in Grand Rapids with this interactive mapping and demographic snapshot tool.

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    • VoiceKent & VoiceGR

      An annual community survey designed uniquely to connect demographics with opinions and perceptions of Grand Rapids and Kent County residents.

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      In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits

      In the Time of Coronavirus: What the Data Say About the Risk to Michigan Nonprofits by Jeff Williams In chaotic times, leading an organization or board of directors and being responsible for charting a clear course forward for clients, employees, and the community becomes more crucial — and more challenging.

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      In the Time of Coronavirus: Resources to Support Professional Learning from Home

      In the Time of Coronavirus: Resources to Support Professional Learning from Home by Tory Martin Many of us in philanthropy look forward to spring’s “conference season” as an opportunity to connect with far-flung colleagues and hone new skills. Yet this spring is different. The list of cancelled conferences and professional

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