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In the Fall of 2013, over 3,000 greater Grand Rapids residents shared their voice on the most important issues surrounding their life. The Johnson Center asked for information on their basic needs, housing, employment, safety, discrimination, healthcare, kids, and their perceptions of the City of Grand Rapids. The team connected participant's responses with demographic data from the survey and the census.
Estimate of Charitable Giving in Kent County, Mich., for 2011
Each year, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy estimates the total amount of charitable giving in Kent County, Mich., using multiple sources of data from the most recent year for which adequate data are available. The estimates given in this data brief are for the year 2011. Separate estimates are given for the amount donated from four sources: individuals, bequests/estates, foundations, and corporations. The annual Giving USA report is the source of national comparison data. Dollar amounts have not been adjusted for inflation.
Community Profiles 2.0
The first phase of the CRI Community Profiles 2.0 aims to build upon CRI's existing work in housing and economics within the City of Grand Rapids and to further the development and use of neighborhood information and data systems in local policymaking and community building.
The Community Research Institute will continue to expand this tool into different content areas outside of housing and economics and broaden its geographic area beyond the City of Grand Rapids.
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MAPAS is a one-stop interactive mapping and data application tool aimed to make relevant local, state, and federal information more readily accessible.
Community profiles provide a snapshot look at a geography. These give an overview of the location as well as comparison to other geographies.
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CRI produces a number of annual reports as well as requested reports periodically based on current trends.
The Community Research Institute (CRI) gathers, analyzes, interprets, and shares national and local data through partnerships with nonprofit and neighborhood groups in an effort to assist local and regional nonprofit leaders with decision making, grant writing, and program evaluation.
Believe 2 Become
A neighborhood initiative, Believe 2 Become is a community effort designed to help children succeed in work, school, and life by recognizing their unlimited potential, having great expectations, and finding real opportunities for every child to realize his or her dreams. This effort is in partnership with Grand Rapids Public Schools, Grand Rapids Student Advancement Foundation, dozens of community-based and faith-based organizations and the Douglas and Maria DeVos Foundation.
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Michigan Historical Residential Foreclosure Data Project
The purpose of the effort is to provide communities throughout the state of Michigan with meaningful historical residential foreclosure-related data that gives them a clear picture of the genesis of the crisis and its impact over time both at the state and county level.
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MI-School.net allows stakeholders to explore the Michigan education system through interactive maps and reports. Traditional, charter, and private school performance data is integrated with community-level population, crime, economic, and health data by shading maps and filtering school performance.
We invite you to search for your school or district and compare its performance and community statistics with other Michigan schools.
Real Estate Owned Foreclosed Homes: Preliminary Report
To further understand the effect of foreclosed homes on local housing dynamics, CRI was commissioned to examine Real Estate Owned properties throughout Kent County & Grand Rapids.
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