The Johnson Center offers a variety of services to employees, board members, and trustees of foundations and other philanthropic institutions that work across the United States. The Grantmaking School, The Foundation Review, and the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy each offer unique services and resources.
The Grantmaking School (TGS) is a university-based, practitioner led program that teaches the techniques of effective grantmaking to foundation program officers and other grantmaking professionals. We specialize in providing professional development that is thoroughly grounded in grantmaking good practice. Our content is delivered by highly qualified philanthropic practitioners who are nationally recognized for their expertise and credentials and excel at providing our clients with a practical and in-depth learning experience.
The Grantmaking School offers national courses in the areas of proposal analysis and project management, strategic philanthropy and portfolio management, financial analysis, and evaluation.
The Foundation Review is the first peer-reviewed journal of philanthropy, written by and for foundation staff and boards, and those who work with them implementing programs. It provides rigorous research and writing, presented in an accessible style.
The Frey Foundation Chair for Family Foundations and Philanthropy is the nation's first endowed chair focusing on family philanthropy. The chair supports the Johnson Center's work in increasing the effectiveness of grantmakers and the nonprofit sector in Michigan and through national leadership.
The Johnson Center Philanthropy Archives and Special Collections (JCPA) preserves and promotes research in Michigan philanthropy in partnership with GVSU Libraries.
JCPA includes a library, archives, and reference resources. The collections provide researchers with a scholarly resource of materials related to philanthropy and philanthropists in Michigan. The collections support the study and research interests of visiting scholars, GVSU faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, and the general public.
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