Michigan Philanthropy Oral History Project Interviews

Conversation with Kathy Agard and James Kelly

Kathryn Agard, Executive Director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership and James Kelly, Co-Chair of Learning to Give, talk about their involvement in creating Learning to Give - a Council of Michigan Foundations…
Conversation with Tom Beech and Bonnie Allen

Bonnie Allen, attorney at the Center for Healing and the Law, interviews her colleague Tom Beech, President & CEO of The Fetzer Institute in Kalamazoo, Michigan, about his history in philanthropy and what he's learned along the way, including:…
Conversation with Chris T. Christ and Brenda L. Hunt

Brenda L. Hunt, President & CEO, Battle Creek Community Foundation (BCCF), talks with her good friend and foundation attorney Chris T. Christ about his involvement in philanthropy working with BCCF, the Kendall Foundation and the W.K. Kellogg…
Conversation with Edward Downing and George Bearup

Rotary Charities of Traverse City Trustee Edward Downing and Former Trustee George Bearup reflect on 25 years of Rotary's work - from the early years and how oil changed the organization to incubating other organizations like the community…
Conversation with Joshua Engberts and Mondenna Jamshidi

Longtime friends Mondenna Jamshidi and Joshua Engberts talk about PeaceJam - a project supported by The Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan and others - and the healing role it has played in Joshua's life as he dealt with a difficult childhood…
Conversation with Carrie Pickett Erway and Deborah Higgins

Carrie Pickett Erway, Senior Community Investment Officer at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, tells colleague Deborah Higgins, Program Associate at The Fetzer Institute, about how she entered the field of philanthropy as an intern and ended up as…
Conversation with Rev. J. Louis Felton and Mattie Jordan-Woods

Reverend J. Louis Felton, Trustee of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, and grantee Mattie Jordan-Woods, Executive Director of the Northside Association for Community Development, talk about their experiences living in Kalamazoo, Michigan and how…
Conversation with Betsy Upton-Stover and Julie Fisher Cummings

Betsy Upton Stover, trustee of the Frederick S. Upton Foundation in St. Joseph, Michigan, and Julie Fisher Cummings, trustee of the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation in Southfield, Michigan talk about the influence each of their philanthropic…
Conversation with John and Eleonora Frey

Father and daughter pair John Frey, Vice-Chairman, and Eleonora Frey, Next Generation Trustee of the Frey Foundation, talk about the founding of the Frey Foundation in Grand Rapids, Michigan and the importance of the next generation's participation…
Conversation with Katelin Griffin and Breannah Alexander

Youth grantmakers Breannah Alexander of the Saginaw Community Foundation, and Katelin Griffin of The Eaton County Community Foundation talk about their involvement in their local Youth Advisory Councils and what philanthropy means to them as young…
Conversation with James Feeney, Charles Gross, and Betty Gross

Husband and wife Charles and Betty Gross talk with friend James Feeney, about each of their involvement as trustees of the Maurice and Dorothy Stubnitz Foundation, an independent foundation in Adrian, Michigan, supporting causes like the local…
Conversation with Dorothy A. Johnson and Robert Collier

Dorothy A. Johnson, President Emeritus of the Council of Michigan Foundations (CMF), and Robert Collier, CMF President & CEO, recall CMF's beginnings and how Michigan philanthropy has grown, changed and adjusted changed over the years as more…

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The Michigan Philanthropy Oral History Project (MPOHP) was initiated in 2006 as an innovative partnership between the Council of Michigan Foundations, StoryCorps, Michigan Radio and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Grand Valley State University to create an oral history of Michigan philanthropy. Additional video interviews were created by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy to add to the depth and breadth of the collection.







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