Montana Nonprofit Association centers belonging and equity, guided by the following values:

Learning

We engage in diverse experiences, expertise, and wisdom. We practice honest reflection.

Growth

We use our learning to inform observable changes in our own behaviors, systems, and policies. We practice humility, offer amends, and adapt when we cause harm.

Community

We prioritize authentic relationship-building as a way of doing our work.

Agency

We trust the experience of others and work with those most impacted.

Accountability

We are accountable to our members and communities of color, rural communities, tribal communities, and others who are historically underrepresented.

Data and Privacy

In order to measure and evaluate our work to center belonging and equity, we periodically collect demographic data about our members, program users, and the nonprofit sector. You can read more about the types of data we gather and the questions you can expect us to ask here.

Building Belonging at MNA

Follow our progress as we write about our efforts to make MNA a more inclusive association.

  • Paid Family Leave is Essential for Gender Equity and Employee Wellbeing

    As we mark Mother’s Day, and as I am less than two weeks from my planned family leave to welcome a new baby into my family, it feels like a …

  • Reaction is where learning begins: Leaning into discomfort

    V is for Vulnerable is a little children’s book for grownups written by author and teacher Seth Godin. I have a copy of the book in my office, a reminder …

  • Black History Month in Montana

    February is Black History Month – what does that mean for nonprofits in Montana? Maybe you’ve found your own way to honor and acknowledge Black History in Montana or within …

  • Navigating the Pay Maze: MNA’s Experience with Compensation Equity

    If you’re like us here at MNA, chances are your December and early January have been peppered with conversations about raises, cost of living adjustments, and performance appraisals. These conversations …

  • Designing a Conference That Centers Belonging and Inclusion

    One of our goals in the MNA POD (Professional and Organizational Development) program is to make sure our programming centers belonging and equity. When we consider how to host events …

  • Being Together in Better Ways

    A look at a Susan Howlette’s conference session, Tending Partner and Donor Relationships, with an eye toward DEI. Reflections by Michael Hale Prior to conference, our team committed to listening …

  • Building Belonging

    A Commitment and an Invitation  We write today with a spirit of openness, inviting you to join us as observers, commenters, questioners, participants, and everything in between on a journey …

  • MNA’s Land Acknowledgement Partner Commitment  

    MNA Annual Conference 2023 Montana is the traditional homeland and common hunting grounds of several tribes, including the Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Chippewa Cree, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kootenai, Little Shell, Northern Cheyenne, …