Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan

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Degage Ministries

Grand Rapids' St. Cecilia Music Center recently hosted a talent show called Talent from the Heart.

The performers call the city's Heartside community home. We introduce you to Degage Ministries and some of its patrons who took to the stage in the 500-seat auditorium.

Here these homeless and disadvantaged men and women shared their talents and built confidence. They opened ears and eyes and perhaps, a door of opportunity.

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One in 10 workers in the United States in employed by some form of philanthropy. With changes coming to the field in 2018 what can nonprofits expect?

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has identified 11 trends.

Executive Director Kyle Caldwell discusses those trends and how to best understand their impacts.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the holiday season is upon us. It’s a time for religious celebrations. It’s a time to be with family and to remember those who are no longer with us.

Remembering the nation’s fallen heroes this time of year is the mission of local Blue Star Mothers who are presenting wreaths at their grave sites.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan the story of a new approach for hope and healing individuals facing mental health challenges. Nonprofit Journey’s Dream hosted a fundraising event this past weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field is raising awareness and dollars funding what it calls “a portal to a world of mental health solutions.” 

Journey’s Dream co-founders are Illinois resident and businessman Mark Hattas diagnosed with a mental illness and Mitzi Montague-Bauer, the mother of Journey Montague-Bauer.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan a story of corporate philanthropy. A west Michigan kayak manufacturer works with Walmart delivering kayaks and boats to first responders and residents in the Houston area conducting rescue efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

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Local First West Michigan’s “Good for Grand Rapids” campaign is receiving a quarter of a million dollars grant from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation.  The money will be used to help locally-owned companies create jobs and have a positive impact on the community.

Voice Gr is now VoiceKent. The annual community survey conducted by the Dorothy A Johnson Center at Grand Valley State University is now partnering with the Kent County Health Department gathering public health information. WGVU talks with Kyle Caldwell, executive director at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University discussing the history and impacts of the study dating back to 2001. 

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Learning from Scratch was founded by Betsey Hamm in 1998. She collects large sums of commercially produced pieces parts that might otherwise end up in landfills. Hamm puts those industrial leftovers to work explaining, "All by themselves, these various remnants appear useless. But to a creative mind, it's part of something that evolves through an artistic or educational process." 

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan we shine the spotlight on Michigan-based Feyen Zylstra launching a new corporate program providing paid leave for employees volunteering at nonprofits of their choice.

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Today on Gifts for the Greater Good: Philanthropy in West Michigan we take a closer look at the Johnson Amendment.

Earlier this month during the National Prayer Breakfast, President Donald Trump said he'll work to "get rid of and totally destroy" the Johnson Amendment.

What is it and what will it mean to do away with it?

We talk with Kyle Caldwell, executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

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