GVSU Forms Philanthropy Partnership

February 8, 2006
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GRAND RAPIDS — The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University has been awarded a $7.5 million grant to be shared with The Center for Nonprofit Leadership and Management at Arizona State University and The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

This collaboration will use each center’s strengths to increase the capacity and diversity of the nonprofit sector. The three universities will operate programs under the banner of the AIM (Arizona-Indiana-Michigan) Alliance. The W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek provided the grant.

“There has never been a comparable alliance of academic centers for philanthropy and nonprofit leadership,” stated Joel Orosz, interim executive director of the Johnson Center. “It’s not about the benefits for the individual institutions, but rather about the advancement of the field as a whole. It is the rising tide that will lift all boats.”

Main components of the AIM Alliance include: knowledge sharing and strengthening communities of color, cross-delivery of flagship programs, development of standardized research protocols and joint publication and dissemination of research, and cross-participation in significant events.

The AIM Alliance will connect each of the three nonprofit academic centers’ work to local and national institutions within the nonprofit sector. The centers will focus on those organizations that serve communities of color and that promote their leadership.

The Johnson Center is recognized for applied research that benefits practitioners and nonprofits through its Community Research Institute, Nonprofit Good Practice Guide and The Grantmaking School.    

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