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Downey keynote speaker

October 16, 2012
The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Participants in the eighth annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference Friday will connect with resources and each other, and inspire each other with new knowledge and tools to create a lasting, transforming impact.

This year's keynote speaker, Matthew Downey, has been in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years.

Downey, program director of Nonprofit Services at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, will share how he has witnessed organizations connecting with each other to inspire change and transform their communities.

"Social media has changed how nonprofits can connect with communities. Successful nonprofits learn how to engage people in various ways," Downey said.

In his current position, Downey oversees the Dorothy A. Johnson Center's technical assistance and capacity building services for nonprofit organizations. He is a frequent speaker and instructor on a wide array of nonprofit management issues and offers one-on-one technical assistance to nonprofit organizations across the state of Michigan.

His areas of expertise include fund development, governance, board/staff relationships and general nonprofit management issues.

An energetic and engaging speaker, Downey was selected as the 2011 Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids.

He has also published a chapter in the 2010 Sage Publications textbook, "Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations."

Established in 1992, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the charitable sector. Their work involves conducting research, teaching effective practices, and providing pathways to service.

Prior to the Johnson Center, Downey has worked as director of development and community programs at the Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival in Kalamazoo, Michigan; development specialist at St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside, New York; development manager at the Queens Borough Public Library in Jamaica, New York; director of development at the Child Care Action Campaign in New York, New York; and development consultant at the United Negro College Fund in Detroit, Michigan.

The eighth annual U.P. Nonprofit Conference will be held Friday at the University Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

For more on the U.P. Nonprofit Conference, visit or call 906-228-8919.



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