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President Emeritus
Council of Michigan Foundations

Dorothy Johnson served as President of the Council of Michigan Foundations for 25 years. The Council, an association of 467 Michigan foundations and corporations offering grants for charitable causes, is the largest regional association of grantmakers in the nation. The mission of the association is to enhance, improve, and increase philanthropy in the state of Michigan. Ms. Johnson was also president of the Community Foundation Youth Project, a program created to develop youth philanthropy programs.

Currently, Ms. Johnson is a trustee of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, a trustee of the Grand Valley State University Board and a director of the Corporation for National Service in Washington, D. C., a position to which she was nominated by President Clinton in 1998. Ms. Johnson is also a commissioner, advisor and board member of many state, regional and national organizations.

She was named Distinguished Grantmaker for the year 2000 by the Council of Foundations, received the Olivet College Leadership Award for Leadership in the Not-for-Profit Sector and has received the Women of Achievement and Courage Award from the Michigan Women's Foundation. In 1994 she received the Founders Award from the Michigan AIDS Fund, was elected to the Grand Valley State University Hall of Fame in 1990 and was named Woman of the Year by Counterpart in 1988.

Ms. Johnson received her BA from the University of California at Berkeley and earned a Certificate of Business Administration from the Harvard-Radcliffe Program in Business Administration.

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