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 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
Media & Mentions
- Crain’s Detroit Business; What to do when free help is no help (Oct 2017)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Matthew Downey discusses Nonprofit Board Certification program (Sept 2017)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Nonprofit Navigation (June 2017)
- The Detroit News; Through changes at Focus: HOPE, faith endures (May 2017)
- Ludington Daily News; Area Charitable Foundations holding planned giving seminar (May 2017)
- MiBiz; Finding Mutual Benefit: Corporate philanthropy seeks deeper relationships with nonprofits (March 2017)
- WJMN TV; People learn how grantmakers think (Feb 2017)
- WLUC TV; U.P. nonprofits get tips on fundraising (Feb 2017)
- ABC News10; Nonprofits gather to learn and network (Oct 2016)
- MiBiz; Nonprofit leaders focused on engaging new generation, diversifying workforce (April 2016)
- Crain’s Detroit Business; Forgotten Harvest to merge successful for-profit food subsidiary into Eastern Market incubator (March 2016)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Johnson Center’s Strategic Leadership Series (Feb 2016)
- WGVU Morning Show with Shelley Irwin; Matthew Downey talks collaboration (Oct 2015)
- Nonprofit Quarterly; Nonprofits Use “Speed Dating” Model to Recruit Volunteers (Nov 2013)
- MiBiz; Nonprofits focus on collaboration to meet heightened demand for services (Nov 2013)
- BoardSource Blog; The Working Board: Our Forgotten Stepchild (Oct 2013)
- MLive; Non-profits and volunteers ‘speed date’ in hopes of finding a good match (Aug 2013)
- Grand Rapids Business Journal; 40 Under Forty
- Rapid Growth Media; The Johnson Center Improves Philanthropy (April 2012)
- Grand Valley TV’s Inspire; Episode 3 – Matthew Downey (April 2012)
- The Chronicle of Philanthropy; Lessons From the Second Mile Scandal for Nonprofits and Their Boards (Nov 2011)