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.

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