Tory Martin is the director of communications and engagement at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. In this dual role, Martin partners with her colleagues on the senior leadership team to identify, implement, support, and promote the Johnson Center’s strategic priorities and vision for a world powered by smart, adaptive, and effective philanthropy. She steers the Johnson Center’s messaging and brand expression, and oversees efforts to connect our work and mission with a growing community of philanthropists and nonprofit professionals.
Prior to joining the Johnson Center in the fall of 2017, Martin served as grants manager for National Public Radio (NPR) in Washington, D.C., stewarding foundation donors and individual philanthropists to help strengthen and further the work of fact-based, independent journalism. Before that, she spent several years with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, where she served as project manager for the bi-coastal What it Means to Be American program and the first-ever History Film Forum.
Martin currently serves on the Steering Committee for EPIP Michigan — the statewide chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy — and on the board of the Progressive Women’s Alliance. She also volunteers regularly with the YWCA West Central Michigan.
Martin graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia and holds a B.A. in American studies and history. She earned her master’s degree in liberal studies, concentration American studies, from Georgetown University.
Media & Mentions
- GEO Blog; See the Forest and the Trees: 11 Trends in Philanthropy for 2020 (March 2020)
- Pro Bono Australia; Increasing critiques of (big) philanthropy (Feb. 2020)
- MiBiz; More West Michigan nonprofits consolidate to drive efficiencies (Feb. 2020)
- Grand Rapids Business Journal; Nonprofits look to accommodate millennials (Jan. 2020)
- Jackson Hole News & Guide; Match and challenge grants pay dividends (Dec. 2019)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Tory Martin discusses Field Focus: Inclusive Strategies for Prosperity (Sept. 2019)
- Detroit Free Press; Detroit millionaire Bill Pulte: I’m not giving away my inheritance on Twitter (Aug. 2019)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Tory Martin discusses Field Focus: Learning for Good (April 2019)
- MiBiz; Philanthropy’s role blurs as more businesses adopt social enterprise models (March 2019)
- Pro Bono Australia; Nonprofit Media is Experiencing a Growth Spurt — So is Philanthropy’s Response (Feb. 2019)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Tory Martin shares the Johnson Center’s “11 Trends in Philanthropy” for 2019 (Jan. 2019)
- Crain’s Detroit Business; What’s up with those Facebook happy birthday fundraisers? (Oct. 2018)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Nonprofit Navigation with Dr. Juan Olivarez and Tory Martin (July 2018)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Tory Martin and Matthew Downey discuss Field Notes in Philanthropy (March 2018)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; #GRgives on #GivingTuesday (Nov. 2017)
- MLive; Why Giving Tuesday can have a bigger impact if you share on social media (Nov. 2017)