Upper Peninsula Nonprofit Conference

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Northern Michigan University 

Conference Agenda

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Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote – Kyle Caldwell, Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy 

Kyle Caldwell is the executive director of the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, one of the nation’s largest centers for philanthropy, at Grand Valley State University.

Caldwell has led organizations in government, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. He has taken on leadershiproles 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 Keynote – Matthew Downey, Program Director for Nonprofit Services, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Matthew serves as Grand Valley State University Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy Program Directorfor 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.


This years workshop lineup includes:

  • Overview of Grant Writing – Kristin Beck, NMU Grants Office
  • Building the Board: The 6 Tools for Success – Jim LaJoie, Superior Health Foundation
  • Sensationalized Issues & The Volunteer Fallout – Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer
  • Communities that Care: Prevention in Action – Kevin Weir, Dial Help
  • Major Gifts –  Pat Bray (preregistration required)
  • Apply the 1-page Nonprofit Organization Business Model Canvas – Jonathan Leinonen, Michigan Technological University
  • Follow the $$$ in the Nonprofit Corporation – Tami Seavoy and Trish Davis, Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, P.C.
  • All Hands on Deck – Dave Bonsall and Rachel Harris, Simply Superior Consulting
  • Employability: Finding and Keeping Millenia – Ann Crandell-Williams, NMU Social Work Department
  • The 5 Steps to Set and Achieve Meaningful Goals – Rebecca Tervo, Rebecca Tervo Coaching
  • ACES – Linda Remsburg, Grow & Lead: Community and Youth Development
  • Gamify to Attract, Retain, and Nurture Volunteers – Nicole Fende, The Numbers Whisperer

Additional workshops will be posted as they are confirmed.


Early Bird Pricing

Grow & Lead Member – $65
Non-member – $95

Early bird pricing is in effect until Friday, August 25. Registration rates increase $20 after August 25.

Individual Registration – Online

Individual Registration – Printable


The U.P. Nonprofit Conference features businesses that care about nonprofit organizations. Exhibit booths are available for $150, and include: 

  • One 8 ft table with space to hand a banner
  • Two chairs
  • An electrical outlet 
  • Wireless Internet access
  • One conference registration (additional representative may be added for $25 each)

Exhibitor Registration

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We’re actively seeking sponsors for the 2017 U.P. Nonprofit Conference. If you’re interested in sponsoring, please contact Amy at aquinn@glcyd.org.

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Hotel Information

Plan on arriving on Wednesday? We have three hotel blocks (Landmark Inn, Days Inn and Comfort Suite). 

Hotel Block Information