Our State of Generosity

Publication date: 
March, 2015

Our State of Generosity (OSoG) is a partnership of four institutions—the Council of Michigan Foundations; the Michigan Nonprofit Association; the Michigan Community Service Commission; and the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy—that collectively form the backbone of the state’s philanthropic, voluntary, and nonprofit infrastructure. Each of these four partners has invested financial and human resources in the start-up and ongoing operation of the OSoG project. OSoG’s mission is to capture, preserve, analyze, and share the developments, achievements, and experiences that, over a period of 40 years, made Michigan a State of Generosity.

The essential elements of the OSoG project include:

  • Chapters, which overview the history of these four organizations and the underlying principles that allowed for their success;
  • Profiles, which capture the stories and achievements of many of Michigan’s key philanthropic Leaders, Projects, and OSoG’s Partner Organizations;
  • Audio and Video Interviews, where these inspirational leaders, with their contagious passion and charisma, tell their own stories—and Michigan’s story—in their own voices;
  • Historical Documents, a database of key documents from each of the four OSoG Partners that have been scanned, organized, and virtually preserved for future learning and research;
  • How To Guides, which provide tools for practitioners doing the work, as gleaned from the lessons learned through the development of these organizations and the work of the leaders telling their stories; and
  • Lesson Plans, a repository of 4th through 12th grade lesson plans that give teachers the tools they need to instill these lessons and values in the next generation.