Montana Nonprofit Association

promoting a strong nonprofit sector in MONTANA

2016 MNA Conference 
Tuesday, September 27-Thursday, September 29
Radisson Colonial Hotel, Helena MT

 Nonprofits in Focus
The 2016 MNA Conference, Nonprofits in Focus, addresses the topic of focus as one of the most pressing issues facing nonprofit staff members, boards and other volunteers. From maintaining strategic focus to analyzing data, strengthening collective activity, or merely managing the inbox and calendar, nonprofit leaders must strengthen their ability to focus on what matters. Here is the good news: focus is a skill that can be developed and exercised. None of us can control the pace of information, possibilities, and choices coming our way. But we can gain control of our own attention and harness the power of focus to propel our organizations forward to mission achievement.

The annual conference is MNA’s signature event, bringing together nonprofit professionals from around Montana to learn, network, and explore innovative and creative work solutions. As a 2016 conference attendee, you will experience the premier nonprofit convening in the region – with national and local speakers, focused training, networking, full-day pre-conference workshops, and tangible tools you can put into action at your organization immediately.

Mark your calendar to join us for the 15th Annual MNA Conference! 

Tuesday, September 27 * Pre-Conference 
  • 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent Pre-Conference Workshops 
  • 4:30 p.m. – Exhibitor Fair Open 
  • 5:00 p.m.  – 6:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
Wednesday, September 28 * Conference
  • 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening 
  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Opening Keynote - Reb Rebele 
  • 9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break/Exhibitor Fair/Ask an Expert 
  • 10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions A 
  • 11:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Lunch, Candidates Comments, Plenary - Tim Delaney 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Concurrent Sessions B 
  • 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Break/Exhibitor Fair/Ask an Expert 
  • 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Plenary - Adrian Bordone 
  • 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Onsite 15th Anniversary Celebration and Reception  
Thursday, September 29 * Conference  
  • 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions C 
  • 10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break/Exhibitor Fair/Ask an Expert 
  • 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions D 
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m. Break 
  • 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Nonprofits in Focus 
  • 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch 
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Annual Meeting 
  • 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Closing Plenary - Joan Garry 
  • 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Closing and Door Prizes 
Meet Robert (Reb) Rebele

Robert-RebeleOur 2016 keynote speaker, Reb Rebele, will launch the conference with The Four Roads to Meaningful Work. Drawing on the conference theme, Reb will direct our attention to the core elements necessary for focused and productive work: results, alignment, community and personal values.

Reb Rebele is a researcher for Wharton People Analytics and teaches in the Master of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. His research and consulting projects bring data science and research into the world of work to drive better employee experiences and organizational outcomes, most recently at Google, JetBlue, Acumen, Warby Parker, and Teach for America. In many of these and other projects, he has been a frequent collaborator with Dr. Adam Grant on efforts to extend and apply psychology research, particularly on the topics of giving and originality. Reb earned his own MAPP degree in 2010 after spending his early career with the United States Mint and Kaplan. Since MAPP, he has been part of a resilience training team working with the U.S. Army and groups of educators, and he has been a speaker on a number of applied psychology topics to groups as diverse as local veterinary and nursing students, national non-profits and conferences, and global companies and universities. His writing has appeared in books (Flourishing in Work, Life, and Careers), magazines (Harvard Business Review), and online (Huffington Post, Psychology Today), and he has been an advisor to the International Positive Psychology.

Room Block 
A block of rooms has been reserved at the Radisson Colonial Hotel starting at a rate of $99 plus fees and taxes. Make your reservation by calling the hotel directly at (406) 443-2100 and mention the Montana Nonprofit Association room block or visit and use the online booking code MTNPA. 

Online registration will open Wednesday, August 10 and early-bird rates will extend through Monday, September 12. MNA members receive the best rates. Not a member? Join MNA today and receive the member discount.  

In sincere gratitude
to our
Conference Sponsors











Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail 
NorthWestern Energy
Reach Higher Montana (Student Assistance Foundation)
The Dennis & Phillis Washington Foundation
The O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation
PayneWest Insurance


A2Z Staffing Solutions  
Anderson ZurMuehlen 
Association of Fundraising Professionals, Montana Chapter 
First Nonprofit Companies
Homer A. & Mildred S. Scott Foundation
Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens PC
Montana Healthcare Foundation 
M+R Strategic Services 
Rocky Mountain College 
Sandra Anderson Fund 
Town Pump Hotel Group
Treacy Foundation
University of Montana 


 Associated Employers 
First Call Computer Solutions 
Executive Services
Julie Rodda Consulting
Montana Correctional Enterprises
Oro y Plata Foundation
Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting, Inc.
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation 


Since its start-up in 2001, the Montana Nonprofit Association has emerged as a leader for and voice of the nonprofit sector in Montana. In this role, MNA has also become a convener, hosting events that bring nonprofit leaders together, strengthening nonprofit connections and networks. In addition to the Annual Conference, MNA offers statewide nonprofit authors educational tours, community based Nonprofit Management Series, and the annual rural Kaleidoscope Conference.