Section Quicklinks

Governance and Leadership

Articles of Incorporation – MNA
Articles of Incorporation Form – Northwest Registered Agent
Board Governance Policy
Board Job Description – MNA
Bylaws Workshop, Video, Judy Andrews, Apex Group - Washington Nonprofits
Sample Board Commitment Form – National Council of Nonprofits
Sample Bylaws – MNA
Sample Bylaws – Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations
Sample Conflict of Interest Policy – MNA
Document Retention Policies for Nonprofits – National Council of Nonprofits
Ethics Policy – MNA
Ethics Policy – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits
Executive Compensation Policy – MNA
Proxy Voting Policy – MNA
Voting by Proxy (October 2013) – Montana State Bar Tip Sheet

25 Awesome Things Board Members Do – Nonprofits AF
All Hands on Board – The Board of Directors in an All-Volunteer Organization
Blue Avocado Board Cafe
Board Development Learning Center, Simone Joyaux – sample policies and a collection of continually updated resources
Boards Matter – Building Board Tools Booklet
Broadrooms - an information resource for executive women
CompassPoint – assists organizations in developing effective leaders
Finding the Right Board Members for Your Nonprofits – National Council of Nonprofits
Free Management Library – provides free, easy-to-access, online articles for personal or professional development
How to be a Better Nonprofit Board Member – Stanford Business
Montana Attorney General Dissolution Form – Public benefit and religious corporations must file a completed Notice of Dissolution form to the attorney general if the organization intends to dissolve.
Principles for Good Governance and Ethical Practice, A Guide for Charities and Foundations - Independent Sector
Role of Boards During Crisis – Forbes – protect your tax exemption status
Why Boards Don't Govern – by Jan Masaoka


Emergency Succession Plan Sample – Center for Nonprofit Advancement
Sample Financial Management Plan – MNA

Strategic Planning That Makes a Difference – Management Assistance Group
Succession Planning for Nonprofits – National Council of Nonprofits
The Strategic Plan is Dead. Long Live Strategy. – Stanford Social Innovation Review

Human Resources

Accountability and Transparency

Financial Transparency – National Council of Nonprofits
Gambling-Related Nonprofit Fundraising - Montana Gambling Control Division
Increase Transparency by Broadening Your Perspective – Glasspockets
Inspection of Corporate Documents (October 2013) – Montana State Bar Tip Sheet
Online Raffle Registration Form - Montana Gambling Control Division
Open Government Guide for Montana - Open meeting laws and requirements for organizations receiving public funds
Open Meeting Laws Overview - Board Effect
Public Disclosure Requirements for Nonprofits – National Council of Nonprofits
Public Reporting and Transparency – MNARaffle Guidelines - Montana Gambling Control Division
Why a nonprofit might conduct an audit even when the law doesn't require it – National Council of Nonprofits



Gift in Kind Form – MNA
Sample Gift Acceptance Policy – U of M Foundation

A Survival Kit for Fundraising in a Bad Economy – Association of Fundraising Professionals
Association of Fundraising Professionals
Fundraising Effectiveness Survey
The Burk Donor Survey

Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance
Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits
Charitable Gaming Laws (October 2013) – Montana State Bar Tip Sheet
Chronicle of Philanthropy
Code of Ethics
Community Health Resources, Grant Opportunities - MSU Extension
Endow Montana - MNA
Foundation Center
Fund Development Learning Center, Simone Joyaux – sample Development Committee job description and a collection of continually updated resources
Gambling-Related Nonprofit Fundraising - Montana Gambling Control Division
Internet Fundraising Guidelines for Nonprofit Organizations (October 2013) – Montana State Bar Tip Sheet
IRS Gift Substantiation
Montana Shares
Montana Community Foundation 
Fundraising with Gambling in Montana - What you need to know about casino nights, calcutta, bingo, heads or tails, poker runs, and 50/50 raffles from the Montana Gambling Control Division
Online Raffle Registration Form - Montana Gambling Control Division
Raffle Guidelines - Montana Gambling Control Division
Nonprofit-Run Online Raffles - Video Tutorial from Montana Gambling Control Division

Advocacy and Public Policy

501(h) election - Measuring Lobbying Activity: Expenditure Test – 501(c)(3) organizations (other than churches and private foundations) may elect the expenditure test under section 501(h) as an alternative method for measuring lobbying activity.
Advocating for the Value Nonprofits Create: An Interview with Tim Delaney, National Council of Nonprofits by Social Velocity
Alliance for Justice – Has several helpful publications on federal law and nonprofit lobbying and election year activities.
Center for Effective Government (was OMB Watch) – Federal policy resource including current legislative updates and position papers.
Center on Budget & Policy Priorities – Conducts research on a range of government policies and programs, with an emphasis on those affecting low- and moderate-income people.
Economic Policy Institute – Nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that seeks to broaden the public debate about strategies to achieve a prosperous and fair economy.
Montana Budget & Policy Center – Provides in-depth research and analysis on budget, tax, and economic issues with the goal of advancing sound public policy in the state.
National Council of Nonprofits – The National Council informs nonprofits about legislation and regulation affecting the nonprofit sector and about ways to get involved in advocacy efforts
National Institute on Money in State Politics – Nonpartisan, nonprofit organization whose mission is to research and document state-level political donations and their influence on public policy.
National Priorities Project – Helps the public understand and shape the federal budget to meet community needs by providing: analysis of critical budget issues, state and local data, and tools for local action.
NonProfit Action – Online resource that provides tools and information for nonprofit advocacy.
Nonprofit Vote A 501(c)(3) Guide to Voter Engagement
Urban Institute – Gathers data, conducts research, evaluates programs, offers technical assistance overseas, and educates Americans on social and economic issues in order to foster sound public policy and effective government.


21 Social Media Tips for Nonprofits – NTEN
Beth Kantor's Blog – How Connected Nonprofits Leverage Networks and Data for Social Change
Building Communications Capacity: Experts Offer Lessons Learned in Practice
Care2 – Digital Communication Blog
Kivi's Nonprofit Communications Blog
John Haydon – digital marketing expert for charities and nonprofits
M+R Strategic Services
Nonprofit Marketing Blog – Network for Good
Nonprofit Tech for Good – Social and mobile media blog for nonprofits
Simply Measured – Resources for measuring and improving social media engagement.

Information Technology

TECH IMPACT PRACTICAL SECURITY : A guide with practical steps to manage cybersecurity risks
idealware – Helps nonprofits make smart software decisions
IT Best Practices for Nonprofits – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits – Subscription service for online software video tutorials. Recommended by PC Magazine.
Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) – MNA partner who assists nonprofits in using technology more effectively.
TechSoup Global – a 501(c)(3) that provides discount technology products and technology resources to nonprofits.
Tips for Funding Technology – Minnesota Council of Nonprofits

Strategic Alliances

Collective Impact – National Council of Nonprofits
Collective Impact Forum - Provides tools and training to support the efforts of those who are practicing collective impact in the field.
Fiscal Sponsorship – Council on Foundations
How to Find a Fiscal Sponsor - National Network of Fiscal Sponsors
10 Lessons Game of Thrones learned from us about advocacy coalitions – M+R Strategic Services
Ten Tips for Collaboration – N.C. Center for Nonprofits