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Planning for Successful Fundraising

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Planning for Successful Fundraising

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Non-MNA/CMF Member Ended $55.00 $0.00

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Do you feel your organization approaches fundraising haphazardly? This workshop puts a laser focus on proper planning for a successful fundraising program. It offers an overview of how and why planning is important to successful fundraising and how to write a fund development plan. Key issues discussed will be:  why a fund development plan is necessary, the basic steps/components of a fund development plan, when and how to use a fund development plan, and how to become more strategic while using a fund development plan.

This workshop is ideal for those who want to learn how to make the most out of their fundraising efforts.


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 Planning for Successful Fundraising? Contact Johnson Center for Philanthropy

When & Where

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

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 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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