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September 22-24 at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel-Helena


The 2008 Annual MNA Conference explored the opportunities and challenges in generation changes within nonprofits in Montana.


At the 2008 MNA Conference Attendees discussed generational concerns within nonprofits including the changing needs of staff, volunteers, boards, donors, technology, fundraising and management.

Conference Events

Workshops: more than 20 different workshops were available for attendees to attend
• Attorney General Candidate forum
• Gubernatorial Candidate forum
• Networking opportunities
• Book and Exhibitor Fair
• Consultants Fair: one on one sessions with experts.

Keynote Address:
The keynote address at the 2008 MNA conference was given by Jan Masaoka, director and editor-in-chief of Blue Avacado. Masaoka is an 8 time designee of one of the nonprofit nation's "Fifty MostInfluential People," and in 2003 she was named "Nonprofit Executive of the Year" by Nonprofit Times. In 2005 she was named "California Community Leader of the Year" by Leadership California. She authored The Best of the Board Café and is a frequent speaker and contributor to nonprofit journals.

Presentation Archive

Jan Masaoka, Director and Editor-in-Chief – Blue Avocado
Succession Planning Handouts~Executive Transitions Monograph~Best of Board Cafe flyer ~ Plenary Address

Michael Edwards, Author – "Just Another Emperor? The Myths & Realities of Philanthrocapitalism"
Plenary Address

Linda Reed, President/CEO – The Montana Community Foundation
Plenary Address

Teresa Olcott Cohea, D.A. Davidson
Nonprofit Fiscal Health

Kelby Donnelly, CPA, Junkermier, Clark, Campanella, Stevens, P.C.
The IRS and You

Kirsten Gagnaire, Social Enterprise Group
Earned Income - Social Enterprise

Teresa Geremia-Chart , Montana Nonprofit Association &
Wendy Nicolai, Montana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen
Events that Work~Event Criteria handout

Judy Held, Benefis Healthcare Foundation
Marketing to Generations

Dru Jackman, Solutions by Dru
Presentation materials

Curt Klotz, Indian Law Resource Center
Financial Management 101 handouts~Excerpts from Financial Accounting Standards~Sample Financial Statements

Shawn C. Michael, NPower Oregon
Digital Storytelling~Product Evaluation Task List~Social Marketing~Software Implementation Budget~Software Inventory Worksheet~Standard IT Policies~Technology Use and Security Policies

Peggy Owens, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska
Engaging the Nonprofit Board: Let Them Lead

Suzanne M. Severin, CPA Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co.
The New IRS Form 990

Loren Soft, Yellowstone Resource Center
Emerging Leaders Part 1~Emerging Leaders Part 2~Emerging Leaders Part 3