Professional Development Tools and Events for Donors and Grantmaking Organizations

At the Johnson Center, we help donors and foundations nationwide adopt best practices and engage with peers and practitioners in the field. In addition to our strategic services and grantmaker education programs, we offer a variety of resources to advance your knowledge, sharpen your skills, and strengthen your connection to the field.

Trainings, Workshops & Webinars

We regularly offer learning series, brown bag lunch & learns, webinars, and more on common issues facing foundations, donors, and grantees. View our upcoming events, or join us for one of our nationally recognized grantmaker education programs offered through The Grantmaking School. We can also customize our curricula for individuals, teams, and organizations — contact us to learn more.

The Foundation ReviewThe Foundation Review

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. With a combination of rigorous research and accessible writing, it can help you and your team put new ideas and good practices to work for more effective philanthropy. Learn more.


LearnPhilanthropy was launched in 2010 to help make it easier to explore philanthropy and find trusted information from the field. It is an accessible online marketplace of knowledge and tools designed to help you:

  • Be more successful in your current role and your career path
  • Introduce newcomers to the field and guide learning within your organization
  • Learn together with field leaders and peers, and keep up on emerging trends

Our State of Generosity

This special project preserves and shares the milestones that have made Michigan a philanthropic leader. Our State of Generosity’s online platform includes stories and tools for other states to use as a blueprint for effective philanthropy. Learn more.

Endowed Chairs

We house the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy, the nation’s first endowed chair on family philanthropy, as well as the W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair, also the first of its kind in the U.S. Both positions support original research in the field, with a focus on how new data and ideas can equip donors, grantmaking organizations, and others in the field.

Archive and Special Collections

Our archives and special collections provide scholarly resources related to philanthropy and philanthropists in Michigan. The collections support the research interests of visiting scholars, Grand Valley State University faculty, students in the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration, and the general public.

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