Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the charitable sector. Our work involves conducting research, teaching effective practices, and providing pathways to service.

We make a difference in three ways:

  • by enhancing the impact of foundations nationally and nonprofit organizations regionally,
  • improving the quality of community decision making, and
  • developing the habit of civic engagement among students and faculty at Grand Valley State University.

Created through the vision of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the center is named in honor of Dorothy A. Johnson, an inspirational leader in national philanthropy and a 25-year president of the Council of Michigan Foundations.

The Johnson Center works closely with the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration in support of the undergraduate and graduate education of the next generation of philanthropic leaders and active citizens.

Mission: The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is a university-based center leading a systems-based, comprehensive approach to serving nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.

Vision: We envision highly valued, effective philanthropy, equipped with expanded knowledge and resources to advance the public good and transform communities. 

201 Front Ave SW Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

phone: 616-331-7585
fax: 616-331-7592
email: jcp@gvsu.edu
office hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST


Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. 

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