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Grand Valley hosts National Summit on Family Philanthropy

Posted on May 06, 2011

Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway; David Frey, chairman of the Frey Foundation; and John Pepper, Jr., chairman of the board for Walt Disney Corporation, are just a few of the scheduled speakers for the Johnson Center National Summit on Family Philanthropy sponsored by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

The theme of the conference is “Charity Begins at Home: Families Rebuilding Communities.” Family donors and foundations work constantly to sustain vital institutions, nurture innovation and growth, and collaborate with other leaders to address community problems. Philanthropy leaders from across the country will share insights and advice during the summit May 19 and 20.

Johnson Center Summit on Family Philanthropy
May 19 and 20
JW Marriott, downtown Grand Rapids
Full schedule at

Thursday, May 19
1:30–2:45 p.m.
The Grand Rapids Renaissance featuring:
Rich DeVos, co-founder of Amway Corporation; David Frey, chairman of Frey Foundation; Kate Pew Wolters, president of Kate and Richard Wolters Foundation. Moderator: Dorothy A. Johnson, trustee of the Johnson Family Fund.

7:30–9 p.m.
Dinner and keynote presentation by Tom Tierney, founder of the Bridgespan Group and co-author of Give Smart. Tierney is one of the nation’s leading experts on strategic giving. He will share his experiences helping donors and foundations, from Bill and Melinda Gates to numerous other families giving in their local communities.

For more information including the conference schedule visit or contact Robert Shalett at (616) 331-9038 or

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