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Our State of Generosity collection

Identifier: JCPA-04

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the records of four Michigan nonprofit organizations: Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Nonprofit Association, Michigan Community Service Commission, and the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at GVSU. The documents are compiled by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy, and records document the history of the organizations from the 1960s to the 2010s.


  • 1968 - 2014


Access to Materials

Collection is open for research use. Materials may be accessed by request at Special Collections and University Archives in Seidman House. Materials do not circulate.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright retained by original creators.

Administrative History

Council of Michigan Foundations

The Council of Michigan Foundations is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership association of more than 350 grantmaking organizations working together to strengthen, promote and increase philanthropy in Michigan. A diverse and inclusive philanthropy community, the Council of Michigan Foundations helps its members network, learn, advocate, innovate and communicate to achieve impact. It develops learning opportunities, knowledge resources, conferences and events; incubates new foundation practices; pilots national initiatives; partners with state and federal policymakers on behalf of Michigan philanthropy; and acts as a centralized voice of Michigan philanthropy.

Michigan Nonprofit Association

Incorporated in 1990, and governed by a board that represents the diversity of the nonprofit sector, Michigan Nonprofit Association is a leader, a model, an advocate and a support system for nonprofit organizations throughout the state. Membership is open to all Michigan nonprofit/tax exempt organizations. For-profit businesses and government entities may join as affiliate members.

Michigan Community Service Commission

The Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC) acts as the state’s lead agency on volunteerism, and strives to increase volunteer efforts and impact by promoting service as a strategy to address Michigan’s toughest challenges. The MCSC builds a culture of service by providing vision and resources to strengthen communities through volunteerism by providing leadership to support, promote, and expand volunteerism; securing and delivering resources to expand programming and excellence in volunteering and service; and focusing on the critical community needs identified at the local, state, and national levels.

Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Center on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership began in 1992 as a multidisciplinary, university-wide center developed with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Grand Valley State University. In 1999, the Center was renamed in honor of Dorothy A. Johnson and her distinguished career. Since its establishment, the Johnson Center has grown and evolved to serve the ever-changing needs of the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors by developing new initiatives such as the Community Research Institute, The Foundation Review, the Frey Chair for Family Philanthropy, the Grantmaking School, the Nonprofit Good Practice Guide, the Philanthropy Library Archives and Special Collections; by providing educational opportunities for nonprofit administrators, directors, and trustees; and by conducting research relating to the sector as a whole and its trends.The Center continues to strive to be an asset to the Grand Valley State University community through the Dorothy A. Johnson Collection on Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the Steelcase Library, and partnerships with the School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration and the Community Service Learning Center.


9.75 Gigabytes

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Existence and Location of Originals

Originals retained by the parent organizations.

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Repository Details

Part of the Grand Valley State University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Seidman House
1 Campus Drive
Allendale MI 49401 United States