About the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Managing Partner
Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (JCP) is an academic center housed in the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University. The Center’s work focuses on conducting research, leading professional development opportunities, and providing access to resources and information to strengthen the sector.
The Johnson Center was created through the vision of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the leadership of Grand Valley State University; the Center is named in honor of Dorothy A. Johnson, an inspirational leader in national philanthropy and a 25-year president of the Council of Michigan Foundations, as well as a past board member of several key national organizations focused on strengthening the national philanthropic community.
The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is one of four infrastructure organizations that are at the heart of the story. The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is the third largest of the 50 current members of the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC), and one of the ten oldest such centers in the United States. Since its establishment, the Johnson Center has grown and evolved to serve the ever changing needs of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors by developing new initiatives – such as the Community Research Institute, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy, The Grantmaking School, The Foundation Review, the Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections, and nonprofit capacity-building programs which provide educational opportunities for nonprofit administrators, directors, and trustees – and by conducting research relating to the sector as a whole and its trends. The Johnson Center continues to partner with the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration in support of the undergraduate and graduate education of the next generation of philanthropic leaders and active citizens.
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