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Johngerlyn "Jonse" Young, CAP she/her

Director of Philanthropic Services

616.454.1751 x108


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Inspirational Quote:

We will all profit from a more diverse, inclusive society, understanding, accommodating, even celebrating our differences, while pulling together for the common good.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

What Jonse does:

Oversee and manage the work of identity-based funds (i.e. Black Legacy and Somos Comunidad Funds) (Add) Master in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership (MPNL). Graduate of Council on Foundations Career Pathways, ABFE (Association of Black Foundation Executives) Fellow.

What she did before:

Jonse previously worked for Wedgwood Christian Services as Vice President for Development. She was also Director of Development and Marketing at United Methodist Community House Inc. Jonse received her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from Grand Valley State University.

When Jonse’s not working:

She enjoys traveling, shopping, singing, serving her church and community, being a voice for those who have been silenced, meeting new people and spending time with her family. She serves her community as the past Chair of the City of Kentwood Planning Commission. Jonse loves connecting in community and shopping at local Black-owned businesses.

A few of Jonse's favorite things…

United Methodist Community House, Inc.
Place to send out-of-towners:
Grand Rapids Community Foundation
Place to eat or drink:
Southern Smoke
Part of her job:
Building relationships

Jonse's Recent Posts

Lessons for Supporting Community-Led Change

Local philanthropy has the power to support community-led change. To make this a reality, many of our partners are eager to learn how to advance equity through their giving. This is especially true for many donor partners who create a…

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