GVSU names executive director of Center for Philanthropy
An experienced nonprofit leader has been named the new executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
GVSU said last week that Kyle Caldwell will assume leadership of the center on Aug. 1
Caldwell will oversee the center's strategic objectives and sustainable growth initiatives.
“This is a great opportunity to work with a storied organization under the vision of Dottie Johnson, a great philanthropic leader,” Caldwell said. “I am honored to be a part of Grand Valley State University.”
Caldwell brings more than 22 years of experience to the leadership role.
He currently serves as the director of the Pathways Out of Poverty grant-making team at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation.
Previously, he has served in several nonprofit leadership positions, such as president and CEO of the Michigan Nonprofit Association and Connect Michigan Alliance.
“Kyle’s vast experience and entrepreneurial approach will ensure the center can help Grand Valley, donors and philanthropic organizations for years to come,” said Dorothy Johnson, president emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations and namesake of the GVSU philanthropy center.
George Grant, Jr., dean of the College of Community and Public Service at GVSU, added that Caldwell’s experience will “ensure the organization has the strong leadership needed to fulfill its mission and the 22-year legacy of developing research, resources and education opportunities.”
Caldwell has also worked as the executive director of the Michigan Community Service Commission, which is housed within the Department of Health and Human Services at the state government level. He served in the leadership role, while former Michigan governors John Engler and Jennifer Granholm were in office.
Caldwell’s involvement in national and state governing boards extends to the National Council of Nonprofits, Independent Sector and Points of Light. He has also served on a number of advisory boards: Nonprofit Vote Leadership Council, Council of Michigan Foundations Public Policy Committee and WMU’s School of Communication Advisory Committee.
A Michigan native, Caldwell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WMU, where he studied organizational communication.