Matthew Downey has worked in the nonprofit sector as a consultant, program manager and development officer for nearly 20 years. Presently, Matthew serves as the nonprofit services program director for the Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University where he oversees the Johnson Center’s technical assistance and capacity building services for nonprofit organizations. In this capacity, 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.
Prior to the Johnson Center, Matthew worked with a wide array of nonprofit organizations. A few of the positions he previously held include: director of development and community programs, Irving S. Gilmore International Keyboard Festival (Kalamazoo, Mich.); development specialist, St. Mary’s Hospital for Children (Bayside, N.Y.); development manager, Queens Borough Public Library(Jamaica, N.Y.); director of development, Child Care Action Campaign (New York, N.Y.) and development consultant, United Negro College Fund (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 (Grand Rapids, Mich.).
He recently published a chapter in the 2010 Sage Publications text book, “Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations.” He 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 was recognized by Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of West Michigan’s 40 business leaders under the age of forty, and in 2011 he was named Young Nonprofit Professional of the Year by the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of Greater Grand Rapids. He is also a member of the Grand Rapids Rotary Club.
Areas of Expertise
- Governance, board, and staff relations
- Nonprofit management
- Fund development
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Nonprofit Navigation (June 2017)