Partnership Initiatives

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Arizona-Indiana-Michigan (AIM)

This grant is a 4 year grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The AIM Alliance is a strategic collegial collaboration that grew organically through the vision and commitment of three academic centers leadership teams (Arizona State University, Indiana University, and Grand Valley State University) focused on addressing the needs of an evolving nonprofit sector and sustaining capacity. The initiatives of the AIM grant are to continue this collaboration and utilize each center's strengths to increase capacity and diversity of the nonprofit sector.

Johnson Center Community Engagement Fund (JCCEF)

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation serves as the funding sources for the 5 year Johnson Center Community Engagement Fund (JCCEF). Dr. Joel Orosz is the principal investigator for this endeavor. This grant partners with the community across population groups of women, youth, and communities of color. The initiatives of the grant focus on the giving of time, money, and know-how through the development and testing of philanthropic and nonprofit engagement approaches and methods.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Two related grants were received from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to develop a new journal for the field of philanthropy. The first grant was awarded to investigate the feasibility and develop a pro forma business plan for the new journal. The second grant will partially support the start-up costs to develop The Foundation Review, a peer reviewed journal devoted to good grantmaking practices.

School of Criminal Justice

Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN)

PSN is comprised of a series of annual grant awards funded by the U.S. Department of Justice in support of anti-gun violence and anti-gang initiatives across the Western District of Michigan (WDMI). Since 2003 more than 1 million dollars worth of PSN grant monies have been awarded to the School of Criminal Justice. Dr. William Crawley is the Principal Investor responsible for WDMI PSN initiatives.

Police Training

This grant is funded on an annual basis by the State of Michigan. This program partners with local and regional police departments to address professional training needs of the law enforcement community. Specifically, the focus of these initiatives is to enhance the skills of police professionals in areas of leadership, precision driving, and professional knowledge (e.g., legal updates).

Weed and Seed (W&S)

Weed and Seed is designed to enhance neighborhood environments by building working bridges between local law enforcement and the community in an effort to weed out crime and seed with community development. This project partners with local nonprofit and criminal justice agencies. Kristine Jaros is the Site Coordinator for the W&S Central City (Grand Rapids) site. Dr. William Crawley is the Principal Investigator on this project which is funded by a renewable grant (up to 5 years) from the U.S. Department of Justice.

School of Public, Nonprofit & Health Administration

MIHELP (Michigan Higher Education Land Policy Consortium)

The objective of this project is to serve as a strategic approach to link with 10 programmatic areas that emerged from the State of Michigan's Land Use Leadership Bipartisan Council appointed by Governor Granholm in 2004. Professor Richard Jelier is the Principal Investor of this project.

Michigan Regional Perinatal System

The purpose of the Michigan Regional Perinatal System grant is to assess the issues of the perinatal health care system for both infants and mothers. Professor Steve Borders heads this proposal. The Department of Public Administration here at GVSU is partnering with the Michigan Department of Community Health, Medicaid, and a regional network of perinatal care providers on this project. The source of funding for this 1 year grant is the Michigan Department of Community Health and Medicaid.

School of Social Work

Master's of Social Work Child Welfare Stipends

The Department of Human Services funds the Master's of Social Work Child Welfare Stipends grant. The focus of this initiative is to improve skills of current and future child welfare workers. It provides 90% tuition reimbursement to awarded Master's level students.