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Nonprofit Board Certification Program

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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.


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This workshop will be facilitated by Matthew Downey. Matthew has worked with nonprofits as a consultant, program manager and development officer for over 20 years. He is the nonprofit services program director for Johnson Center for Philanthropy where he oversees technical assistance and capacity building services.  In this capacity, he is a frequent speaker and instructor on a wide array of nonprofit issues. 

Previously, Matthew worked with numerous organizations including Gilmore Keyboard Festival (Kalamazoo), St. Mary's Hospital for Children (Bayside, N.Y.); and Child Care Action Campaign
(New York, N.Y.). Matthew is President of Wellspring Dancers (Kalamazoo). He holds a B.S. in Nonprofit Arts Administration from Butler University and an M.P.A. from Grand Valley State University.

In 2010 and 2012, Matthew was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of West Michigan’s 40 business leaders under 40, and in 2011 was named Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year 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 collvers@gvsu.edu 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

201 Front Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, 49504

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 from 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EST)

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Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center within the College of Community and Public Service at Grand Valley State University.

Like many academic centers, we offer original research and expertise on the latest theories in our field. Yet when we talk about “doing good,” we mean more than theory. The Johnson Center puts research to work, with and for professionals across the country.

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