In the Fall of 2013, over 3,000 greater Grand Rapids residents shared their voice on the most important issues surrounding their life. The Johnson Center asked for information on their basic needs, housing, employment, safety, discrimination, healthcare, kids, and their perceptions of the City of Grand Rapids. The team connected participant's responses with demographic data from the survey and the census.

VoiceGR is an evolving survey, designed uniquely to connect demographics with opinions and perceptions of greater Grand Rapids area residents. VoiceGR is meant to be a baseline to stimulate conversation on pertinent issues to our region. 

Nonprofit program managers, public officials, grantmakers, and community leaders can use the  VoiceGR results to inform their work. Below you can explore an interactive map of the results, read about the methods behind the survey, and examine data in the area that interests you or your organization most.

You can also join the community conversation regarding the survey on your favorite social media platform, just search #VoiceGR2014.

Grading GR


Interactive Map


Basic Needs





Participate in 2014 Survey

If you are interested in supporting the survey next year or have questions you'd like to explore in future surveys send Lisa Venema an email us at or call 616-331-9029.

Use Data in Capacity Building

We provide tailored capacity building services in the areas of nonprofit management and program evaluation. If you are interested in exploring opportunities for using this data in shaping your programs contact Annie Osburn, program manager of Nonprofit Services at or 616-331-9035.

VoiceGR is a product of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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