Nonprofits, funders, and local leaders share a mission: to build vibrant and equitable communities for all.
We believe they should have shared learning opportunities, too.

Understanding, strengthening, and advancing philanthropy requires ongoing professional development. As practitioners in one dynamic ecosystem, we need spaces where people in a variety of roles and representing different systems can come together to learn, share perspectives, and dream up big ideas.

Throughout the year, the Johnson Center offers a mix of programs for nonprofits, funders, and local leaders to learn together and from one another.

Make learning together a part of your routine.

Free Lunch & Learn Programs

Our Lunch & Learn series is a collaboration with Grand Valley State University’s Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration program. These free programs introduce participants to a wide range of experts from the field — including Johnson Center staff and GVSU faculty — to facilitate discussion around new research and pertinent topics. All are welcome.

Johnson Center workshops are among the very best online experiences I have ever had. They are uniformly well designed and delivered, highly engaging, efficient, and relevant. I am so grateful that these trainings are online! Keep them coming, please!”

Karen Ansara

Chair, New England International Donors

Karen Ansara

Chair, New England International Donors

We started the Lunch & Learn series with the hope that participants could get a taste of a topic of interest, be able to use a part of what they learned, and have the desire to learn more. Over 90% of our participants say they have learned something new they can apply to their work. And now, thanks to technology, we’re able to reach practitioners everywhere.”

Salvatore Alaimo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

Salvatore Alaimo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Grand Valley State University

LearnPhilanthropy Academy

LearnPhilanthropy Academy is an on-demand, e-learning platform designed to make it easy for lifelong learners and new professionals alike to expand their knowledge of philanthropy, whenever and wherever is most convenient for them. Easy-to-digest video lessons are taught by scholars and experts in philanthropy. Subscriptions are available for both individuals and institutions. Track 1: The Philanthropic Sector is available now.

Grand Valley State University

Degree Programs in Philanthropy

Grand Valley State University, the Johnson Center’s parent institution, offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate opportunities in philanthropy through the Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration program. Several Johnson Center team members serve as educators in these programs.

Ready to learn more?

Find out about opportunities for nonprofit and foundation practitioners to learn together.