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 firstname.lastname@example.org in advance of the event to be refunded or credited for another event.
When & Where
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center of Grand Valley State University. We conduct research, provide professional and organizational development, and create and share tools for nonprofits, foundations, and others seeking to transform their communities for the public good.