Category Archives: Performance Improvement

Kyle Caldwell and Matthew Downey named Keynote Speakers

Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director of the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and Matthew Downey, Nonprofit Services Program Director at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy,  have been named the Keynote Presenters for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference.

Caldwell, who will open the conference, has led organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He has taken on leadership roles in developing strategies and program initiatives that strengthen the philanthropic sector. Most recently, he served as the Director for the Pathways to Opportunity Program at the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Caldwell serves on national boards including Points of Light, Independent Sector, and recently he was chair of the National Council of Nonprofits. In Michigan, Caldwell serves as a member of the Michigan Community Service Commission.

Closing Speaker Downey serves as Grand Valley State University Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Program Director for Nonprofit Services. 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.

As opening speaker, Caldwell will present on national trends in the nonprofit sector. Downey will close the conference with a reflection on how the skills gained throughout the day can be used to address the national trends that affect the Upper Peninsula.

The Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference, which will be held on Thursday, October 12, brings together nonprofit leaders, staff, board members and volunteers to learn about nonprofit trends. For more information, visit the Conference page.

Building Staff Morale

Building staff morale is not as complicated or difficult as it may seem. I know a lot of supervisors and managers struggle with building staff morale, but if you keep in mind just a few simple ideas, you can begin to change the culture and morale of your office. Be sincere, authentic, real. People see… Continue Reading

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

Setting Goals (and accomplishing them!)

The start of a new year has many of us setting goals, whether at work or in our personal lives. Pick goals that motivate you If you are setting a personal goal, start with something you really want to accomplish and are motivated to work on. Don’t start with the most dreaded item on your… Continue Reading

Getting Ready for 2017

Getting Ready for 2017

As we approach the end of year and the start of a new one, folks will begin making their New Year Resolutions. We often laugh at them or make fun of them, but secretly we all have those nagging things that we wish we could change. So we continue each new year to consider improvements in ourselves. Likewise,… Continue Reading

Nonprofit Conference Workshops Announced

Nonprofit Conference Workshops Announced

Nonprofit leaders, staff, volunteers and board members in attendance at this year’s U.P. Nonprofit Conference will have the opportunity to choose from a variety of workshops designed to create a lasting impact in their communities. The 2016 U.P. Nonprofit Conference will take place Thursday, October 13, at Northern Michigan University. This year’s theme is “Build… Continue Reading

What is this Mastermind thing?

What happens when you put 3-5 people that work at nonprofits in the U.P. on the phone to with little to no agenda? Magic. Pure Magic. A few years ago, we had the idea of creating peer learning circles for nonprofit executive directors in communities across the U.P. In theory, it was a great idea.… Continue Reading

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

Getting the Most Out of Professional Development Conferences

At the end of June, I spent a week in Downtown Detroit at the American Express Leadership Academy, Points of Light National Conference on Volunteering and Service (NCVS) and Michigan MSO Retreat. Talk about a jam packed week! With all the information flowing my direction, I had to make some adjustments to my plan to… Continue Reading

Building Trust

With the recent worldwide success of the latest Marvel superhero movie, Captain America: Civil War, I thought it would be fun to discuss some nonprofit organization issues using the various superheroes as examples. It should prove to be both entertaining and hopefully educational as well. If you have seen or are familiar with the most… Continue Reading