Michael Moody is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In this role, he works with a network of advisers and partners to pursue a comprehensive program of applied research, teaching, professional development, and public engagement, all designed to advance and promote the field of family philanthropy. Dr. Moody is trained as a cultural sociologist and has been actively working to understand and improve philanthropy and nonprofit organizations for over 25 years. He is co-author of the books Understanding Philanthropy: Its Meaning and Mission, and The Philanthropy Reader (forthcoming in 2016), as well as the influential Next Gen Donors report and many other publications. He is a frequent speaker about philanthropy, and his work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Forbes, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Alliance, and others.