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Estimate of Charitable Giving in Kent County, Mich. for 2011

Each year, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy estimates the total amount of charitable giving in Kent County, Mich., using multiple sources of data from the most recent year for which adequate data are available. The estimates given in this data brief are for the year 2011. Separate estimates are given for the amount donated from four sources: individuals, bequests/estates, foundations, and corporations. The annual Giving USA report is the source of national comparison data. Dollar amounts have not been adjusted for inflation. In 2011, we estimate that donors of all types located in Kent County gave a total of $624,714,866. This represents an increase of almost $10 million from our estimate of 2010 total giving.

Published: Nov 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (360 KB)



Michigan Benefits Access Initiative: Role of the Office of Foundation Liaison

The Michigan Benefits Access Initiative (MBAI) started as a technology and community outreach strategy for connecting Michigan's most vulnerable families to government benefits. The work moved to the Department of Human Services and is now called Michigan Benefits Access (MBA). This case study describes the role of the Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) as one of the key players in developing the MBAI.

Published: Oct 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (226 KB)



Evaluation of The Office of Foundation Liaison

Michigan's nonpartisan Office of Foundation Liaison (OFL) was created in 2003 at the suggestion of Michigan philanthropic leaders to foster partnerships between foundations and state government agencies. This evaluation of the activities and results of OFL from April 2012 to April 2013 was based on data collected in three ways: an online survey, monthly interviews of OFL's staff, and phone interviews of representatives of government and foundations with whom OFL had worked. Survey results are included as an appendix.

Published: Oct 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (3.8 MB)



Community Literacy Initiative Literacy Report Part 1: Third Grade Reading

This first report from the Community Literacy Initiative (CLI) focuses on the importance of children reading at grade level by the end of third grade. The information in the report reflects literacy data for Kent County.

Published: Aug 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (2.1 MB)



2012 West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefit Survey Report

Recommended Citation: Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, "2012 West Michigan Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey Report" (2013). Research and Publications. Paper 5. http://scholarworks.gvsu.edu/research/5

Published: Jun 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (4.0 MB)



2013 Nonprofit Needs Assessment, A Profile of Michigan's Most Urgent Professional Development Needs

This study presents key findings and recommendations that emerged from a statewide survey of nonprofit professional development in Michigan conducted by the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

Published: May 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (1.7 MB)



STOP IT! Community Violence Initiative

On Jan. 18, 2013, the community involvement initiative Stop It! gathered more than 1,000 community members at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to discuss responses to a recent increase in violent crime in the city. Following that meeting, clergy members and other community leaders led eight community dialogues about six topics at various neighborhood locations. The document summarizes those discussions.

Published: Apr 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (3.0 MB)



STOP IT! Community Violence Initiative (Spanish)

Narrative: On Jan. 18, 2013, the community involvement initiative Stop It! gathered more than 1,000 community members at Messiah Missionary Baptist Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to discuss responses to a recent increase in violent crime in the city. Following that meeting, clergy members and other community leaders led eight community dialogues about six topics at various neighborhood locations. The document summarizes those discussions.

Published: Apr 2013  |  Full Details  |  Download (7.0 MB)



Estimate of Charitable Giving in Kent County, Mich., for 2010

Each year, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy estimates the total amount of charitable giving in Kent County, Michigan, using multiple sources of data from the most recent year for which adequate data is available. The estimate given in this data brief is for the year 2010, and separate estimates are given for the amount donated from four sources: individuals, bequests/estates, foundations, and corporations.

Published: Nov 2012  |  Full Details  |  Download (568 KB)



Real Estate Owned Foreclosed Homes: Preliminary Report

To further understand the effect of foreclosed homes on local housing dynamics, CRI was commissioned to examine Real Estate Owned properties throughout Kent County and Grand Rapids. Real Estate Owned (REO) properties are those repossessed and/or transferred from a homeowner back to the credit lender or trustee as a result of a foreclosure or forfeiture. Mortgage holders include banks and other types of financial institutions, real estate companies, housing investors and Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs) like Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Since foreclosures began increasing in 2004, residential property sales transactions indicate 20,684 foreclosures have taken place in Kent County. As a percentage of the residential housing stock, that translates to 1 in 9 homes in the county have been repossessed since 2004. Forty-seven percent (47%), or 9,725 of countywide foreclosures have taken place in Grand Rapids. Foreclosures peaked in 2008, averaging nearly ten per day in Kent County. -Recent numbers show foreclosure rates slowly declining.

Published: May 2012  |  Full Details  |  Download (1.5 MB)



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