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Working with Your Board

Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (EST)

Working with Your Board

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Non MNA/CMF Member Ended $55.00 $0.00
MNA/CMF Member Ended $50.00 $0.00

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 Working with Your Board 


Effectively working with your board is more art than science. Understanding governance structures is only one piece of the puzzle. Perhaps more important is how executive directors manage relationships with board members. This workshop is intended to help executive directors and leadership staff members develop strategies for tackling these issues head on. 


Topics that will be discussed include:

  • Challenges and opportunities of managing a board,
  • Governance structures,
  • Effective board member engagement, and
  • Board member involvement in fundraising.

While all nonprofit staff members will find value in this workshop, it will be particularly helpful to the executive directors of small and mid-sized nonprofit organizations.


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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 in advance of the event to be refunded or credited for another event.



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When & Where

Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Avenue SW
2nd Floor
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Tuesday, January 28, 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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