Philanthropy, Faith, and Education Community Convening
Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the convening on May 18. All of the participants and presenters helped to make the convening a success.
The U.S. Department of Education joined us for the community convening focused on our philanthropic, faith–based, and educational partnerships and the lessons learned from these initiatives in the Greater Grand Rapids area, on May 18, 2012 at Loosemore Auditorium at Grand Valley State University.
Speakers included Lynne Ferrell, program officer at the Frey Foundation, who discussed plans by the Kent County Family and Children's Coordinating Council members and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy to capture the overall impact of these West Michigan programs.
We also heard a message of community collaboration in support of improved educational outcomes for all children and youth and how GVSU and greater Grand Rapids community partnerships are changing the landscape of education through the use of evaluation and real-time data sharing. Twenty community collaborations and the lessons learned from their exciting work in housing, education, and health care were featured.
GVSU's News and Information graciously provided a photographer for the event. View photos from the event here.
Click here to access the reports distributed at the convening and other Johnson Center reports.
Check out what others are saying about the convening
- Collaborating in Faith: Reflections on Philanthropy, Faith, and Education
- Nonprofit Leaders Gather to Share Wisdom, Collaborate and Learn
- AND So It Goes: Reflections on Philanthropy, Faith, Education, and Community
Click on the poster links below to view the posters displayed for each organization during the event. Each poster provides an overview of the organization's program(s), insight on challenges they have faced, and lessons learned from the program providers. Also featured on the posters is a list of partners and collaborators each program has worked with, highlighted within a comprehensive list of the organizations working in this arena in the greater Grand Rapids area.
- Anchor Organization Network (poster),
- Believe2Become (poster),
- The Coalition to End Homelessness (poster),
- Community Family Partnerships (poster),
- Early Chronic Absenteeism (poster),
- Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative (poster),
- Expanded Learning Opportunities Network (poster),
- First Steps (Early Learning Communities poster) (Welcome Home Baby poster),
- Gatherings of Hope (poster),
- Grand Rapids Community Foundation's Challenge Scholars (poster),
- Grand Valley State University Charter Schools Office (poster),
- Grand Valley State University Kirkhof College of Nursing (CHAP poster) (CATCH poster),
- Heart of West Michigan United Way (poster),
- Hispanic Center of Western Michigan,
- Johnson Center for Philanthropy (poster),
- Kent Social Services Network (poster),
- LINC's Believe2Become Neighborhood Engagement Strategy (poster),
- Michigan Historical Residental Foreclosures Data Project (poster),
- The SOURCE (poster),
- Strong Beginnings (poster), and
- Talent 2025 (poster).
Schedule of Events
9 a.m. Welcome
Dr. George Grant, Jr., Dean, College of Community and Public Service, Grand Valley State University
Introduction by Dr. James Edwards, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Rev. Brenda Girton-Mitchell, Director, Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships
9:15 a.m. West Michigan’s Collective Impact
Introduction by Ruth Stegeman, Assistant Dean, Director of Community Engagement, Grand Valley State University
Lynne Ferrell, Program Officer, Frey Foundation and Chair, Kent County Family and Children’s Coordinating Council
9:30 a.m. Strong Communities Presentations
- Believe 2 Become - Beverly Grant,DeVos Family Foundations Program Officer, Community Initiatives;
- Challenge Scholars - Diana R. Sieger, President, Grand Rapids Community Foundation;
- Expanded Learning Opportunities Network - Lynn Heemstra, Executive Director, Our Community’s Children;
- Schools of Hope - Fritz Crabb, Director of Literacy/Initiatives and Grants, Heart of West Michigan United Way;
- Kent School Services Network - Ron Koehler, Assistant Superintendent, Kent ISD
- First Steps - Rebekah S. Fennell, Executive Director, First Steps and Judy R. Freeman, Director, Great Start Collaborative; and
- Talent 2025 - Kevin Stotts, President, Talent 2025.
Facilitated by Tera Wozniak Qualls, Project Manager, Community Researcher Institute, Johnson Center for Philanthropy
10:45 a.m. Community Impact Poster Session
Introduction by: Gustavo Rotondaro, Interim Director, Community Research Institute, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Kent School Services Network, Challenge Scholars, Believe 2 Become, Gatherings of Hope, Strong Beginnings, Heart of West Michigan United Way’s Schools of Hope, LINC Community Revitalization Inc., Talent 2025, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative, The SOURCE, Early Chronic Absenteeism, Expanded Learning Opportunities Network, The Coalition to End Homelessness, Michigan Historical Residential Foreclosures Data Project, First Steps, Community Family Partnerships, Grand Valley State University’s Charter Schools Office, Anchor Organization Network, Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, Kent Intermediate School District
11:15 a.m. Community Reflections
- Maureen Noe, Executive Director, Heart of West Michigan United Way;
- Martha Gonzalez-Cortes, CEO, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan;
- Dr. Nkechy Ezeh, CEO, Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative;
- Dr. George Grant, Jr., Dean, College of Community and Public Service, GVSU;
- Carol Paine-McGovern, Director, Kent Schools Services Network;
- Matthew VanZetten, Management Analyst, Kent County; and
- Lynn Heemstra, Executive Director, Our Community’s Children.
Facilitated by Matthew Downey, Program Director of Nonprofit Services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
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