The Johnson Center Residence in Philanthropy Program

The Residence in Philanthropy program at the Johnson Center was launched in July 2018 with the appointment of Juan Olivarez, Ph.D. as the Center’s first Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. The program was designed to gather some of philanthropy’s brightest minds and most experienced professionals and channel their energy, expertise, and convening power towards a particular issue or challenge within our sector.

Residents are chosen for a three-year term with the Johnson Center, during which time, she/he will have the opportunity to define and pursue a bold research agenda, to listen to and convene colleagues and community members, and design and test out proposed solutions and partnerships. Residents will share their experiences and learnings with the field through every appropriate channel.

The Residents structure their work around:

  • A Focus on Community
  • Leadership in Philanthropy
  • Development of Curriculum to Improve Practice
  • Funder and Partner Engagement

Individuals chosen for this program will have demonstrated impactful leadership in the field of philanthropy. In their roles they will develop an engaged research agenda, share best practices, convene stakeholders, and provide thought leadership in areas of interest to the sector.

Learn more about the Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

With Gratitude to Our Supporters

The Johnson Center is deeply grateful to the Frey Foundation, the Wege Foundation, the Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation, the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Dorothy A. Johnson, and Grand Valley State University for their generous support of the Distinguished Scholar in Residence program.