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.

VoiceGR is an evolving survey, designed uniquely to connect demographics with opinions and perceptions of greater Grand Rapids area residents. VoiceGR is meant to be a baseline to stimulate conversation on pertinent issues to our region.

Nonprofit program managers, public officials, grantmakers, and community leaders can use the  VoiceGR results to inform their work. Below you can explore an interactive map of the results, read about the methods behind the survey, and examine data in the area that interests you or your organization most.

You can also join the community conversation regarding the survey on your favorite social media platform, just search #VoiceGR2014.

Want to participate in the 2014 VoiceGR survey?: If you are interested in supporting the survey next year or have questions you’d like to explore in future surveys send Lisa Venema an email us at lisa.venema@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-9029.


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If you are interested in staying up to date with information on the VoiceGR program sign up for email alerts here. Be sure to indicate you’d like to receive information on Community Research.

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VoiceGR is a product of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy.

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