Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University.
Like many academic centers, we offer original research and expertise on the latest theories in our field. Yet when we talk about “doing good,” we mean more than theory. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country.
- Effective Philanthropy: Helping donors and foundations adopt best practices in their careers and organizations
- Strong Nonprofits: Helping nonprofit organizations strengthen their teams, tools, and thinking for better impact
- Informed Community Change: Guiding nonprofits, foundations, institutions, and neighborhood groups in using data to do good
We have also been proud to spearhead many first-of-their-kind leadership roles and publications that benefit the field of philanthropy. These include the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy and the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, both of which support original research in the field, such as the NextGen report on new donors, and The Foundation Review, the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy published by the Johnson Center.
Target Audience: Grants management staff, Program staff, Administrative staff, Communications staff, Development staff, Financial staff, Trustees, Donors, Advisors
Services Provided: Consulting, Conferences, Resources, Training
Geographic Scope: Local, State, National, Global
Target Organizations: Community foundation, Public foundation, Donor advised, Corporate grantmaker, Family foundation, Independent, Operating foundation, Giving circle