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Michael Moody, Ph.D. is the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy

Understanding community giving

Grand Valley State University’s Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy has recently released a report designed to understand philanthropic dynamics on a community level. The study, "Understanding the Philanthropic Character of Communities,"applies a new method for assessing the philanthropic character of a community.

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Sharalle Arnold, left, and Marnie Parris-Bingle wrote a grant to establish support systems for students from the foster care system.

Promoting Laker success

Grand Valley State University has recently been awarded a $375,000 grant to fund an initiative designed to support students who have experienced foster care. The three-year program, titled "Fostering Laker Success," is funded through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

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Surplus store on Thursday June 1, 2017.

One man's trash

A few years ago, Grand Valley State University opened a surplus store in downtown Grand Rapids in order to reduce waste on campus, recycle, and reuse material and products that weren’t being used anymore. As of the end of 2016, the GVSU Surplus Store has diverted 205,249 pounds of materials from the landfill, including scrap metal, e-waste, plastic and other materials. This has been done through donations, sales and recycling.