The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy's Nonprofit Services enhance the performance of nonprofit organizations through educational opportunities, one-to-one consultation, and technical assistance, so that they may better impact their community. Each of our services is tailored to the needs of organizations and individuals in the region and aligned with national trends and research relevant to our nonprofits.


Coaching and Capacity Building

We provide assistance on demand and tailor services to meet the needs of nonprofit organizations. We offer capacity building through professional coaching, leadership development, and organizational assessments. We have designed the coaching process so that organizations can directly address specific needs while learning new skills. Frequent areas of assistant include: fundraising, governance, strategic planning, volunteer management, succession planning, human resources, and more.

Nonprofit organizations interested in one-to-one assistance should contact Annie Osburn at 616-331-9035 or


Capacity Building for Your Grantees

Grants are just one part of strong philanthropy. Organizations with healthy teams and good tools are also key. We help grantmakers plan and manage grantee capacity building on strategic planning, fundraising, governance, and more.

Our latest work has been done with the Fremont Area Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area, and the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, where we have worked with their teams to provide professional development training and one-to-one capacity building with their grantees.

Foundations interested in partnering with us to provide capacity building to your grantees contact Annie Osburn at 616-331-9035 or

Professional Development for You

We offer educational and professional development opportunities for nonprofit professionals in the areas of board development, capacity building, fundraising, strategic planning, leadership, and more. View a full list of upcoming courses and workshops.

Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series: We are continuing our popular Brown Bag Lunch and Learn Series through the winter and fall semesters. This series, free to participants, offers informative presentations on a variety of topics related to the nonprofit sector and philanthropy.

Nonprofit Board Certificate Program: The Nonprofit Board Certificate Program offers guidance for those serving or planning to serve on nonprofit boards. Over the course of four one-hour sessions the program defines the roles and responsibilities of board service. The entire program can be offered in one setting, in two two-hour sessions, or in four one-hour sessions.

Professional Certification: As a department of the College of Community and Public Service, we work closely with faculty. Alongside the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, we support a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership and the upcoming Masters in Philanthropic and Nonprofit Leadership. Both of these programs offer local nonprofit managers the professional skills and perspectives required to do their work more effectively in the rapidly changing nonprofit sector of society.


The Nonprofit Services Team

Program Director

Matthew Downey

Matthew Downey, M.P.A.

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Senior Program Advisor

Terry Horton

Terry Horton

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Program Manager

Annie Osburn

Annie Osburn, M.Ed.

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Unit Coordinator

Sherry Collver

Sherry Collver

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201 Front Ave SW Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

phone: 616-331-7585
fax: 616-331-7592
office hours: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST


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