About the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Managing Partner
Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy (Johnson Center) is an academic center within the Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence 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 GVSU’s leadership and 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 Johnson Center is one of four infrastructure organizations at the heart of the story. The Johnson Center is 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 Data and Research Lab, Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy, The Foundation Review, The Grantmaking School, Learning Services, the Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections, and the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair. The center partners 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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