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September 27-29 at the Colonial Red Lion Inn-Helena


The 2010 Annual MNA Conference focused on exploring the forces working to change the nonprofit sector in Montana and how nonprofits can shape their future by adapting to survive and thrive in the years to come.


During the 2010 conference, attendees examined how national, state, and local economies, donor and foundation giving, increasing regulations, politics, and technological advances will fundamentally change the face of nonprofits forever.

Conference Events

MTc3: Looking Ahead: This unique track brings attendees and nonprofit thought leaders together to explore issues shaping the future of the nonprofit sector in Montana.

Skill Building Training Sessions: Four pre-conference workshops, six conference tracks, and 24 sessions that covered several topics including Governance and Leadership, Fundraising, Human Resources, Financial Management and Accountability, and Communications and Technology.

Nonprofit Video Highlights: Attendees were encouraged to grab one of MNA's flip cameras to document and share information about their organization. Highlights from these videos were shown throughout the conference and on the MNA YouTube channel.

Exhibitor Fair: Attendees were able to talk to vendors about HR, finance, technical products and other interesting solutions for your nonprofit.

Book Fair: Featured books from popular nonprofit authors and resources including speaker and staff favorites.

Reception: Attendees were able to network with their colleagues at the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts.

Consultant's Corner: One-on-one meetings with experienced consultants and nonprofit expert practitioners who addressed attendee questions.

MNA Member Benefit Mininars: Attendees joined MNA staff and Program Partners to learn how to save money using the MNA Unemployment Insurance Alternative, Nonprofit Business Insurance, Major Medical Health Insurance, and our new Property and Casualty Insurance programs through 25 minute "mininars" during conference break times.

Keynote Address:
The keynote speaker at the 2010 MNA conference was Ruth McCambridge, Editor-in-Chief of The Nonprofit Quarterly.

McCambridge’s background includes 45 years of experience in nonprofits, primarily in organizations that mix grassroots community work with policy change. Beginning in the mid-1980s, Ruth spent a decade at the Boston Foundation, developing and implementing capacity building programs and advocating for grantmaking attention to constituent involvement.