Danielle LaJoie

Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy Graduate Assistant, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Danielle LaJoie currently serves as the Frey Foundation Chair for Family Philanthropy Graduate Assistant at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. She graduated from the University of Michigan in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science. She currently serves on the Council of Michigan Foundations Board of Trustees and as their 2017 Mawby Intern. In the past, Danielle has worked as a Family Foundations Intern at CMF, a Fellow at Youth Philanthropy Connect (YPC), an intern at NCFP, and an intern at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. As a youth philanthropist, Danielle was a member of the Battle Creek Community Foundation YAC, Co-Chair of the Michigan Community Foundations Youth Project (MCFYP) Committee, YPC Leadership Team member, and a Foundation Center youthgiving.org Advisory Committee member.


Community Foundations Family Philanthropy Network Topical Call: Virtual Facilitation (August 2019)

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Janice Simsohn Shaw, Danielle LaJoie, Katie Scott

Geographically dispersed donor families can often benefit from virtual facilitation when convening about their philanthropy. Join youth philanthropy alum Danielle LaJoie from the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Janice Simsohn Shaw, facilitator and consultant, for tips and tools for virtual facilitation success… Read More

Opportunity of a Lifetime 2.0: Multigenerational Family Philanthropy

Posted on June 12, 2017 by Kylie Musolf, Danielle LaJoie

More than ever before, giving families are working to involve multiple generations in their philanthropy. According to the National Center for Family Philanthropy’s Trends in Family Philanthropy Study, nearly 3 in 5 U.S. family foundations engage younger family members in the foundation — and more than 40 percent say they expect to add to or increase the number of younger-generation… Read More

For Youth by Youth: the Art Versus Science of Grantmaking

Posted on April 14, 2015 by Ashley Rodriguez, Christine Reeves Strigaro, Danielle LaJoie, Jared Heddinger, Jillian Wu

Sculpture, music, dance… those are arts. Chemistry, biology, physics… those are sciences. But, what’s philanthropy? And who are you, the philanthropist? Well, you’re both an artist and a scientist. Plus, you’re a part the long history of giving; people have been giving for centuries, in every country, at every income level, and in so many directions. … Read More