Launchpad Fellow Spotlight: Colin Cumming

I’m not the world’s most interesting person...sorry. I like to read (right now I’m re-reading The Bell Jar), watch TED Talks (Brene Brown’s “The Power of Vulnerability” is a weekly watch), explore Grand Rapids’ delicious, but expensive beer/coffee scene (Founders! Madcap!), and I’ve recently tried to be more healthy with some hiking around the lakeshore.


2016 Leadership with Purpose Program

In order for emerging professionals (of all ages) to build careers that are both right for them and good for the world, they must take a very different approach from that of the past.  To succeed, emerging professionals must “found their career” just as an entrepreneur might found a new organization. This program helped me …

Building Strong Donor Relations Systems

In recent years, phrases like “culture of philanthropy” and “donor-centricity” have hit the field by storm, often with budget-breaking strategies for implementation and little information about where to start when one may not be a decision-maker. Students, fundraising professionals, and the Grand Rapids community joined me for a discussion about the importance of donor relations …