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Innovation Lab

“Innovation” is one of those words that is used too often and means something different for every person. That aside, we are all aware that nonprofits, just like our counterparts in business, need to continually explore and adopt new approaches and ways of doing business. We are also keenly aware of the consuming nature of mission-driven work, the absence of capital to explore innovative practices, and the complexities of managing change in the workplace. All of these are real challenges to innovation within the nonprofit sector.

To best equip Montana’s nonprofit sector’s ability to innovate, and to bring a clear Montana-flavor to the concept of innovation, MNA is launching its Nonprofit Innovation Lab (Learn, Adapt, Breakthrough). The Lab, created with generous leadership funding from Headwaters Foundation, will serve as a nucleus for researching, developing, and deploying innovative products and creative processes that tangibly increase the efficiency and/or productivity of nonprofit administrative functions. In that role, the Lab will serve as a facilitator of communication, collaboration, and co-creation of ideas within and between Montana’s nonprofit organizations.

Innovation for Montana Nonprofits


Financial Leadership Tips and Tools Webinar Series

Learn More + Register

Join MNA for a six week webinar series uncovering best practices and easy shifts to enhance your financial savvy and organizational efficiency. Register for the entire series and coaching or select sessions that meet your needs.

Webinars will take place 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM on the following days:

January 23 | Ratio Analysis
January 30 | Budget Performance
February 6 | Cost/Benefit Analysis
February 13 | Revenue Projection Analysis
February 20 | Cash Flow Projection
February 27 | General Excel Tips and Tricks

Each session includes a downloadable and customizable Excel template, with instructions for long-term use, to streamline reporting and analysis in your organization. If you would like to work with MNA to customize your template and provide guidance during adoption and implementation at your organization, select the “Series + Coaching” option below for personalized support.

MNA Members:
$50 | Session
$200 | Series
$400 | Series + Coaching

Non-MNA Members:
$100 | Session
$400 | Series
$800 | Series + Coaching


Re-visioning Overhead: Full Cost Accounting for Nonprofits

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Join MNA and Curt Klotz, national thought leader on nonprofit finance and Director of Nonprofit Innovation with CLA, to explore how to apply the principles of True Program Costing to your organization’s budget. Fight the overhead myth by demonstrating how administrative and shared costs impact your organization’s operations.  Shift the focus from overhead to outcomes and what good outcomes really cost.

Join Curt for a half-day workshop on March 25th and/or sign up for 1-on-1 consulting sessions to implement this approach in your organization.

And, for the first time, MNA will be offering this workshop as a Livestream webinar for those that can’t make it to Helena.  A recording of the Livestream will not be made available, so be sure to join the stream LIVE.

Full Cost Accounting Workshop | March 25 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Helena + Online Livestream

Consultation with Curt Klotz | March 24 – 25 | Helena

Workshop will be held in Helena, Montana and available to participants across the region through the online livestream option. Consultation hours will be booked first come, first serve and is only available in person. No refunds available, consultation may be rescheduled, time and schedule permitting.


MNA Members:
$75 | Livestream Workshop
$100 | Workshop
$500 | Two hours of Consultation
$525 | Workshop + Consultation

Non-MNA Members:
$150 | Livestream Workshop
$200 | Workshop
$1,000 | Two hours of Consultation
$1,050 | Workshop + Consultation

Adam Jespersen, MNA Director of Innovation

[email protected]