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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Grand Valley State University

Contact:
Jeff Williams, Director, Community Data and Research Lab

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center) is an academic center of Grand Valley State University, established in 1992 with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The Johnson Center's mission is to be a global leader in helping individuals and organizations understand, strengthen, and advance philanthropy. The vision of this work is to support a smart, adaptive sector that helps create strong, inclusive communities.

The Johnson Center's core work includes the following:

  • Resources and tools to make data and research useful to practitioners and students, providing context and insight for philanthropy. Through blog posts, webinars, articles, speaking engagements, data tools, and more, Johnson Center staff share core concepts and new frameworks to explore key questions that shape the sector. Community Insight, an online data platform for visualizing communities and advancing equity, is a key offering.
  • Applied research and evaluation publications and services, including program and strategy evaluation and primary data collection designed to help organizations and individuals bridge the gap between the information they need and the change they want to make. This work includes publication of The Foundation Review the nation's first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, and the Johnson Center’s annual 11 Trends in Philanthropy report.
  • Competency-based professional development and capacity building for individuals and organizations.
Kallie Bauer
Senior Project Manager
Teri Behrens
Executive Director
Jeff Williams
Director, Community Data and Research Lab

Activities

May 4, 2022
Community Insight is a platform for displaying data about local communities, understanding community opportunities and needs, and targeting efforts for advancing equity. We draw on multiple... [read more]
2014 - 2015
The Community Research Institute has released the first phase of Community Profiles 2.0 for the Grand Rapids area. This phase aims to build upon CRI's existing work in housing and economics within... [read more]
January 2014
Begun in 2011, this dashboard is TALENT 2025’s “go to” data source for the monitoring of ongoing improvement efforts around two major goals; (1) to achieve 60% post-secondary attainment in the 25... [read more]

Publications

April 5, 2022
Report - By: Jeff Williams

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Report
March 8, 2022
Blog post - By: Brian Herron, Hannah Krajniak

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Blog post
May 8, 2017
Announcement - By: Stephen Borders

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Link to maps of obesity and diabetes
September 14, 2016
Meeting Materials - By: Brian Herron, Jeremy Pyne

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

DOCX
September 1, 2016
Report - By: Community Research Institute

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

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Partner Webinars

December 31, 1969

Idea Showcases are 5 minute opportunities to highlight or talk about the great work our organizations are doing. We had a great line up for this showcase!  The Boston Indicators... [read more]

Presenters Trevor Mattos, Boston Indicators, Jeff Matson, Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, Jeff Williams, Community Data &, Research Lab at the Johnson Center