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2018 MNA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Catalyst: Ignite Your Strengths for the Common Good  

October 2-4, 2018 | Delta by Marriott Colonial Hotel | Helena, MT 
Registration opens: August 1, 2018
Together we will explore how tenacious leadership, valuing and investing in people, and building a resilient organizational culture are the fuel we need to be effective in challenging times.

Keynote Speakers

Derrick Feldmann Montana Nonprofit Association

Derrick Feldmann  

Derrick Feldmann is a sought-after speaker, researcher, author, and advisor for cause engagement and social good. He is the author of Social Movements For Good: How Companies and Causes Create Viral Change and co-author of Cause for Change: The Why and How of Nonprofit Millennial Engagement. Feldmann is a member of the advisory boards of the Ad Council in New York City and Truth Initiative, and a guest lecturer for the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Derrick speaks internationally on how to drive public interest in social change, and will thoughtfully launch this year’s conference by directing our focus on individual engagement as the primary catalyst for social change. Learn more about Derrick here.
Beth Kanter in Montana

Beth Kanter  

Beth Kanter is a well-established, international nonprofit thought leader. She has facilitated trainings for nonprofits on every continent in the world (except Antarctica). Beth is experienced in participatory facilitation techniques such as design thinking, open space, peer learning, and more. She was named one of the most influential women in technology by Fast Company and one of BusinessWeek’s “Voices of Innovation for Social Media.” Beth is a renowned trainer, speaker and author – titles include The Networked Nonprofit, and Happy, Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout. Beth will bring her trademark energy and enthusiasm to her discussion on how nonprofit organizations can build resilience from the inside out! Learn more about Beth here.
Sample Ward Montana Nonprofit Association

Amy Sample Ward  

Amy Sample Ward, CEO of the Nonprofit Technology Network, will deliver a plenary address at this year's conference. In addition to serving as NTEN’s CEO, she is a speaker, author, and trainer -- having worked with groups and spoken at events around the world. In 2013, Amy co-authored Social Change Anytime Everywhere: How to implement online multichannel strategies to spark advocacy, raise money, and engage your community with Allyson Kapin. She previously co-authored Social by Social, a handbook in using social technologies for social impact, and has contributed to various other publications about social change and technology.We are thrilled to bring her knowledge, energy, and experience to Montana's Nonprofits. Learn more about Amy here.

Preconference Sessions

Tuesday, October 2 | 9:30 - 4:30

Beth Kanter, Master Trainer, Speaker, Author

Within each of us is the potential to lead with excellence. Resilient nonprofit staff and board leaders possess strong selfawareness, self-management, and selfcare skills. They know their values, emotions, and communication styles. They have the ability to keep a pulse on their emotions so that they can stay flexible and positively choose how to react to different situations and people.

Here's the good news: these are learned skills. Are you on the leadership learning curve? Are you hoping to move into leadership and looking for ways to build your skills? Are you building the leadership bench in your organization? Join us for this workshop and take a giant step forward.

Shelli Bischoff , Conservation Impact and Nonprofit Impact Are you trying to increase membership, reach a more diverse audience, or attract new donors? Are you tired of brainstorming ideas about how to attract younger generations? Does your board think social media is the answer to all marketing? Join us to learn how to apply a strategic, systematic, marketing and communications approach to almost every aspect of your organization.Gain the concepts, tools, and templates you need to create strategic marketing and communications plans and programs which will enhance mission, members, and money; and to create a larger and more diverse constituency. Designed for directors, board members, fundraising, membership or outreach staff and volunteers - this workshop is highly applied and practical, and is based on an approach tested and proven successful with hundreds of organizations.

Breanna Polacik and Hannah Cortez, (the Dotted i), Mary Peterson, Tim Lockie (Now it Matters), Amy Falcione (Big Picture Marketing) , Cassidy Wendell (Cassidy Wendell LLC

There are two important pieces to taking over the world: passion to change the world for the better, and…money to make that happen! You’ve got the passion; we’re here to teach you how to raise more money. Join us for an action packed day and take home fundraising and marketing strategies to improve your organization’s potential for raising funds from individuals, foundations, and corporations. Step by step, we’ll dive into grant readiness and research, increasing brand awareness to secure loyal donors, impact stories, creating a social media presence, building relationships, developing sustainable fundraising strategies and more. This is a fantastic workshop for any member of the organization involved in fundraising. All participants will leave with a super-charged, intergallactic roadmap to achieving fundraising success beyond your wildest imagination!

Shannon Stober, Verve Exchange Consulting

It is often said that the only constant is change. Fewer places highlight this truth more than the nonprofit sector, as our organizations are regularly charged with navigating changes in funding, staffing, our communities, and our world. These conditions, combined with our commitment to creating public benefit in our work, require us to remain nimble and agile in our mission delivery by proactively developing change management strategies and a change resilient culture. In order to do this, we must become Champions of Change.

In this fast-paced and interactive session, participants will be introduced to the fundamentals of change management theory; including best-practices for making the case for change, change obstacle identification, various approaches to developing change strategies, and tactics for ensuring change sticks. We will also explore key leadership behaviors to guide you in addressing resistance to change, as well tools to assist you in developing personal and team resiliency during times of change. Remember, change is inevitable, and the time to be thinking about change management is always now!

Learning Outcomes

During this session, participants will:

  • Characterize the components change management;
  • Review the process of change management;
  • Define best-practices in change management strategies and approaches;
  • Identify factors that contribute to change resistance and their associated behaviors;
  •  Explore leadership skills to assist in leading change management efforts.

2018 Conference Sponsors

Sustaining Sponsor


Supporting Sponsors


Group Benefit Trust
Partnering Sponsors
ELAP Services
First Interstate BancSystem Foundation
First Nonprofit
M+R Strategic Services
O.P. & W.E. Edwards Foundation
Headwaters Health
Bloomerang, LLC
Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation
Montana Children's Trust Fund
Montana Healthcare Foundation
Contributing Sponsors
Anderson ZurMuehlen
D.A. Davidson
Montana Community Foundation
Treacy Foundation
Association of Fundraising Professionals, MT Chapter
University of Montana
Northwestern Energy
Town Pump Hotel Group
Wipfli, LLP
Edge Marketing + Design
Oro Y Plata
SG Long
SCL Health
Associated Employers
First Call Computer SOlutions
Julie Rodda Consulting
Montana Correctional Enterprises
Compass 360
Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting LLC
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation
Foundant Technologies
Frontline Processing Corporation