Collections listed below were acquired by Special Collections & University Archives through its partnership with the Johnson Center for Philanthropy. Follow the link provided to view a detailed, descriptive finding aid for the collection. Or, where available, view digitized materials that have been included in our Digital Collections. Materials that have not been digitized may be accessed in our reading room in Seidman House. The Johnson Center for Philanthropy maintains other, similar collections in its library.
The Russell Mawby papers document the life and work of Michigan-born Russell Mawby from 1928 to the present. Mawby was the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation for twenty-five years and is recognized for his work in the area of philanthropy in the United States, Latin America, and Europe. The collection includes biographical information, interviews, legislative testimony, speeches, calendars, field notes, awards and citations, honorary degrees, books and publications. The digital collection includes speeches and a StoryCorps oral history interview.
The Michigan Philanthropy Oral History Project (MPOHP) was initiated in 2006 as an innovative partnership between the Council of Michigan Foundations, StoryCorps, Michigan Radio and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University to create an oral history of Michigan philanthropy.
This digital collection contains video interviews with Michigan philanthropists, conducted by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.
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Our State of Generosity contains historical documents from four Michigan philanthropic organizations: Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU.
The Learning to Give program was the first K-12 curriculum project of its kind in the nation. LTG was launched in 1997 by the Council of Michigan Foundations as a project to infuse academic content about philanthropy and service-learning into the curriculum.