Guests from the Johnson Center for Philanthropy join us today to talk about their new podcast, Field Notes in Philanthropy. We talk to Tory Martin and Matthew Downey.

Episode 2: Sittin’ Here on Capitol Hill

Philanthropy and policymaking came head-to-head in national conversations this winter during the tax overhaul debates. Among many others, foundation leaders and associations jumped in to advocate on behalf of the charitable sector. But many foundations have the means, the expertise, and the will to shape other kinds of public policy – the kinds that shape our communities, governance, and daily lives.

Episode 1: The Evolution of Philanthropy

When the Greek titan Prometheus stole fire from the gods to give it to the struggling human race, Zeus accused him of being a “philanthropos tropos” – a being who loves humans. 

Nonprofit Navigation

Dec 15, 2017

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy joins us for our regular Nonprofit Navigation discussion. Today, special guests Dr. Salvatore Alaimo, Brittany Gray and Shatha Abu Srour discuss SPNHA Research. / Grand Valley State University

Ralph D. Hauenstein, the son of philanthropist Ralph W. Hauenstein carried out his late father’s wishes Monday announcing financial gifts to three West Michigan institutions.

“I think his life was exemplary of where he’s placed his fortune. Represented here are the mind, the body and the soul and the health of all three,” said Brian Hauenstein, the Grandson of philanthropist Colonel Ralph W. Hauenstein who passed away in January 2016.

New research shows that individuals pooling their resources in what are known as giving circles focusing on a mutual charitable interest are promoting more diversity in philanthropy.

Since giving circles emerged 10 years ago across the United States they have grown to roughly 150,000 people bestowing $1.29 billion supporting charitable organizations.

We share stories about #GivingTuesday, a series putting the spotlight on philanthropy on the 28th. WGVU's Heather Duffy and guests join us.

We continue our series putting the spotlight on #GivingTuesday.  WGVU Major Gifts Coordinator Heather Duffy and Musician Michael Riley discuss the campaign and the Nov 28 Fall Flannel Folk Fest.

Grand Rapids philanthropist Helen DeVos died October 18th at age 90. She was the wife of Amway co-founder Rich DeVos. WGVU explores her philanthropic spirit and its lasting impact.

“It’s really the loss of a philanthropic icon for Grand Rapids.”

Kyle Caldwell is executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. He does his best to describe the philanthropic impact Helen DeVos had on the region.

Big Brothers Big Sisters ends in Grand Rapids after 50 years

Oct 16, 2017

A Grand Rapids social services agency is ending its affiliation with the Big Brothers Big Sisters national organization after more than 50 years of mentoring about 8,000 children. The Grand Rapids Press reports that an agency official says that membership dues to big Brothers Big Sisters had cost the group about $20,000 a year. She says the organization had also discussed whether the Big Brothers Big Sisters model was best for the organization.

Big Brothers Big Sisters views mentoring as one-on-one and doesn't recognize relationships that do not last a minimum of nine months.