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We are excited to announce a diverse and value-packed training calendar for 2018. With 28 training events scheduled from February to August, our nonprofit training program offers something for everyone.  

On-Demand Training: MNA also offers half and full day board governance training upon request. Training includes board legal responsibilities, structure, recruitment, orientation and evaluation, board/staff relationships and other concepts as needed. Contact MNA for more information.

Nonprofit Management Series          


 Hundreds of Montana’s nonprofit staff members, volunteers and board members have participated in MNA’s Nonprofit Management Series (Series) over the last five years. This spring, MNA is proud to offer the Series in both Kalispell and Polson. Each workshop in the four-part series focuses on an essential component of nonprofit management: good board governance, strong financial management, bold strategic planning, and successful fundraising. The Series is designed for board members, new and/or experienced staff, and lead volunteers. Attend these day-long workshops individually or with your team, and leave with the tools and templates you need to develop your organization into a stronger, more effective nonprofit

Board Governance 
Presenter: Liz Moore, MNA Executive Director
Kalispell: Thursday, February 22 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Polson: Friday, February 23 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Strategic Planning
Presenter: Ned Cooney, Facilitator/Consultant
Kalispell: Thursday, March 22 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Polson: Canceled

Financial Management
Presenter: Jan Schweitzer, CPA, CFE, Anderson ZurMuehlen
Kalispell: Thursday, April 26 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Polson: Canceled

Fund Development
Presenter: Chany Ockert, CFRE, Chany Reon Ockert Consulting, LLC
Kalispell: Thursday, May 31 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Polson: Friday, June 1 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Board Governance is available as an on-demand training. Inquire at [email protected] 

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The Art & Science of Volunteer Management

Presenter: Shannon Stober, Owner, Verve Exchange Consulting 

StoberWorking with volunteers has the potential to be one of your organization’s most rewarding interactions with the community while also representing one of the most taxing activities on one’s work plan. Volunteer management is both an art and a science, representing the intersection of relationships and systems, and this juncture understandably tests even the most seasoned employee. The novice manager appears overwhelmed and crisis-driven, the veteran manager seems disconnected while going through the motions and checking the box. Addressing these conditions is dependent upon recognizing the need to recalibrate experiences, refresh motivation, and realign practices regularly.

In this highly interactive workshop, participants will reconnect with the value of volunteerism, characterize best practices in volunteer recruitment, evaluate volunteer motivation and retention strategies, analyze the application of situational leadership within a volunteer framework, and identify organizational capacity needs as they relate to volunteer programming; all while sharing personal experiences and strategies for working with volunteers within Montana’s unique social and environmental settings.

Billings: Tuesday, May 22 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Great Falls: Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Missoula: Thursday, May 24 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Hamilton: Friday, May 25 from 8:30 – 3:30 p.m.

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Nonprofit Kaleidoscope

Nonprofit Kaleidoscope is a conference especially designed for nonprofit staff, volunteers, and board members in rural Montana. Hosted by the Montana Nonprofit Association, this conference provides a unique training and networking opportunity for the nonprofit organizations that serve the diverse needs and interests in eastern Montana communities.

ABOUT: The day’s events include a networking breakfast, keynote address by Judy Held, President of the Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana, Funders Show & Tell, and eight breakout sessions with topics that include: Don’t be Afraid to Lead: 5 Key Roles of Board Members in Fund Development, How to's of Handling Difficult Situations, Communicating your Mission to Funders and Others, Organizational Culture - Creating and Maintaining Your Ideal Workplace, The Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards, and more!

Nonprofit Kaleidoscope: June 14 in Miles City   

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Fundraising… and all the stuff that makes it work (or not work!)


Presenter: Simone P. Joyaux, ACFRE, Adv Dip. Joyaux Associates.  
This full-day workshop, with nationally recognized fundraising expert Simone P. Joyaux, will focus on:
  • Your professional development; You the organizational development specialist – not just you the fundraising technician. 
  • The distinction between the board and board members…their roles and limitations. And how to engage them, because you’re a darn good enabler. 
  • Genuine and authentic relationship building – not trespassing on personal and professional relationships! Asking personally, face-to-face. (Just wait till you hear Simone's best story.)
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Who should attend?
Individuals from all types and sizes of organizations. It doesn’t matter if you have a development officer – or your executive director is the chief development officer.

Tip from Simone: Make sure there’s at least one of your board members in the room. And if you’re the development officer, make sure your executive director is in the room, too. Board member and ED attendance makes a HUGE difference!

Billings: Tuesday, August 21
Wednesday, August 22
Helena: Thursday, August 23
Missoula: Friday, August 24

Registration opens: June



Don’t miss the largest gathering of nonprofit professionals in the state!

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