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Nonprofit Board Certification Program

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Nonprofit Board Certification Program

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Nonprofit Board Certification Program

Do you want to know how you might become a more effective board member - or even to know the questions to ask an organization before joining its board?

Would you like your board commitment to be a better use of your time?

The Nonprofit Board Certification Program offers guidance and guidelines for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. This program defines the roles and responsibilities involved in serving on a board of directors and discusses the challenges of becoming an effective board member. Organized into four one-hour sessions participants will learn about:

  • The roles and responsibilities of being on a board,
  • Legal responsibilities and liabilities of the board,
  • Nonprofit fundraising, and
  • Nonprofit financial management and board structures.

Participants who complete all four hours of the seminar will receive a "Certificate in Nonprofit Board Leadership" granted by the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.

The cost for the Nonprofit Board Certification Program is $140. This includes a handbook with helpful materials and a light meal.

This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey.  Matthew presently serves as Program Director for Nonprofit Services at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University. His 23 years of experience in the nonprofit sector as a consultant, program manager, and development officer support his role in overseeing the center’s technical assistance and capacity building services for nonprofit organizations. In this capacity he frequently speaks and instructs on a range of nonprofit management issues, including his presentation on effective strategies for managing small nonprofit boards at the 2013 Boardsource Leadership Forum.


Prior to the Johnson Center, Matthew worked with a wide array of nonprofit organizations, including his positions as: Director of Development and Community Programs for the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (in Kalamazoo, Mich.); Development Specialist for St. Mary's Hospital for Children (in Bayside, N.Y.); Development Manager for the Queens Borough Public Library (in Jamaica, N.Y.); Director of Development for the Child Care Action Campaign (in New York, N.Y.); and Development Consultant for the United Negro College Fund (in Detroit, Mich.).


Matthew is the President of Wellspring/Cori Terry and Dancers, a professional nonprofit modern dance company in Kalamazoo, Mich., and serves as a board member of Indian Trails Camp in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) and a Master’s of Public and Nonprofit Administration from Grand Valley State University (Grand Rapids, Mich.). In 2010, Matthew’s writing was featured as a chapter in the Sage Publications textbook, “Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.” He was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal in 2010 and 2012 as one of West Michigan’s 40 leading executives under the age of forty, and was named Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year in 2011 by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids. 



 ·         In the case that you are unable to attend a workshop or course after registering, please call Sherry at 616-331-9023 or email in advance of the event to be refunded or credited for another event.

Have questions about Nonprofit Board Certification Program? Contact Johnson Center for Philanthropy

When & Where

Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

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Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Johnson Center is an academic center focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the charitable sector.

Our work involves conducting research, teaching effective practices, and providing pathways to service. We work extensively in Michigan, nationally, and internationally. 

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