Training and Education for Nonprofits

MNA's learning programs are designed to give nonprofit staff and board members the management and leadership tools needed to move the mission forward. We offer MNA Workshops, On-Demand Learning, Webinars, supportive Affinity Groups, Higher and Continuing Education, and resources from past Conferences. Find the right resources for you and/or your organization below by training type or category.

Learn more about your options below!

Education Opportunities by Category

Advocacy and Public Policy

Legislative Prep Webinar Series –$10 for the Post - Event Package.
MNA has partnered with Alliance for Justice/Bolder Advocacy, Montana Budget and Policy Center, and MNA Lobbyist Aimee Grmoljez of Crowley Fleck to share their expertise with you. From the basics of lobbying to an in-depth look at our state budget and upcoming session, these three webinars will provide you the tools you need to advocate for your mission the 2019 legislative session.

Weekly Legislative Wrap-Up Calls - Fridays at 7:30 AM
Email [email protected] to be added to the conference call.

Communications

Get Press Bootcamp with Torie Rynning –Free Session Feb 6, $79 for Feb 13, 20, 27
Do you struggle to raise funds because nobody’s heard of your nonprofit? Has your nonprofit built a following, but plateaued and looking for what’s next? If so, the Get Press Bootcamp is for you! During this February webinar series, Torie will teach you how to get press and take your nonprofit from under-the-radar to front-and-center. We’ll set the stage for a press-worthy 2019 in which you’ll raise awareness, build credibility, forge new partnerships and reach thousands of potential donors through working with journalists.

MindEdge Courses
Carefully crafted courses designed with the adult learner in mind, MindEdge trainings are offered through MNA on a continuously updated list of topics so you can dig in to marketing, communications, nonprofit management, and more - at your own pace. Communication courses include:
- Effective Presentations
- Effective Public Speaking
- Speak with Confidence
- Certificate in Digital Marketing
- Content Marketing
- An Overview of Marketing
- Conversion Rate Optimization
- Digital Marketing Strategy
- Mobile Marketing
- Social Media for Nonprofits

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Financial Management

Financial Management Workshops with Anderson ZurMuehlen–TBA

 

Fund Development

Exponent Philanthropy Tour  - Registration Opens Soon
May 13 - Billings
May 14 - Bozeman
May 16 - Great Falls, Helena
May 17 - Missoula

 GrantsMagic
From a curated selection of seven on-demand webinars to help you make the most of your grant writing to more extended courses throughout the year, GrantsMagic provides expert grant writing instruction in a digestible format.

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Voices of Philanthropy Webinar Series  - $40 for the Post - Event Package.
Relationships are central to fund development. Begin, or continue, building a relationship with funders in this webinar series. Join MNA and Executives from Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Headwaters Foundation, and Montana Healthcare Foundation to learn directly about each organization's priorities, motivation for philanthropy, approaches to grantmaking, and more. Understanding a potential funder's priorities can help organizations make better decisions from the start, so join MNA this February to benefit your organization in a meaningful way.

Governance and Leadership

Join MNA this spring for one of our carefully crafted workshops. We will be traveling the state presenting on the topics below. Follow the links to view dates.

Build Your Best Team – 6 Hours – Nonprofit Professionals, Leaders, Board Members + Volunteers
From leveraging individual strengths to redesigning organizational culture, this workshop will equip you to attract and retain a multi-generational workforce (and board-force) to carry your organization's mission into the future. Ready to register? Click Here.

So You Wanna Be a Board Member – 1-2 Hours – Emerging Leaders + Young Professionals
Every nonprofit in Montana is required to have at least three board members. If your community struggles to engage new board members, MNA is available to host an event which introduces and encourages board membership as a meaningful option for community volunteerism. This workshop is offered at no cost when paired with another MNA workshop in your community. Ready to register? Click Here.

Nonprofit Board Leadership and Stewardship – 6 Hours – Nonprofit Leaders + Board Members
Legal responsibilities, strategic vision, financial stewardship…Board Members have a lot on their plates. Whether you are a seasoned board member or a new recruit, this workshop will cover all you need to know to become an excellent board member. Ready to Register? Click Here.

Human Resources: Employees and Volunteers

The Happy, Healthy, Nonprofit w/ Beth Kanter - Registration Opens Soon
April 29 - Bozeman
April 30 - Helena
May 1 - Missoula

HR Webinar Series w/ Associated Employers - $35 / Session - March 20, 27, April 3
Those of us in the nonprofit community know that while HR is essential, it is often difficult to manage with big hearts and small budgets. While it is a lot to remember and manage, implementing good HR practices doesn’t have to be difficult. Join this webinar series and begin with a refresher course on the basics of good HR. in our first session, learn the essentials of keeping your HR practices up-to-date, discover what to document and how, and gain tools to implement right away at your organization. In the second session, we will discuss social media, creating effective social media policies and learn where the line is drawn between free speech and disciplinary infractions. In our third session we will discuss the basics of discipline and termination and how to use MT law to benefit your organization and your employees.

Information and Technology

Idealware
With on-demand webinars and new content every month, Idealware brings relevant, timely, and accessible software and technology solutions to nonprofits. MNA Members receive a 20% discount on courses. Email [email protected] to receive your discount code.

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MindEdge Courses
Carefully crafted courses designed with the adult learner in mind, MindEdge trainings are offered through MNA on a continuously updated list of topics so you can dig in to marketing, communications, nonprofit management, and more - at your own pace. Information and Technology courses include:
- Excel Basics

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Planning

Comprehensive Planning to Navigate Change - Register Here

Are you overwhelmed by options for organizational planning? Join the club! How do you choose between all those plans you've heard about -- from strategic plans, business plans, marketing and communications, financial and fund development to succession planning? Using the MNA Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence as a roadmap, we'll help you make sense of your options to shape your organization's future.  We'll explore these topics:

  • Benefits and processes for different kinds of planning - operational, financial, fund development, marketing, succession, and others
  • Tying it all together with strategy -- and how to approach this crucial type of planning
  • Prioritizing different kinds of planning based on where your organization is
  • Preparing the organization for planning
  • Engaging diverse people, across the generations, in different kinds of planning -- board, staff, partners, and the community
  • Ensuring plans don't "just sit on the shelf"
  • Anticipating human emotions and reactions in times of change
  • Using outside resources (facilitators, expert consultants, etc.)
MNA Member (Before 4/1) | $99
MNA Member (After 4/1) | $109
Non-Member (Before 4/1) | $119
Non-Member (After 4/1) | $129

April 8 - Billings
April 9 - Helena
April 10 - Butte
April 12 - Missoula

MNA Workshops

Training Calendar

Our nonprofit training program offers something for everyone. View our calendar to see all training events, or learn more and register below.

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Workshop Descriptions + Requesting Workshops

Don’t see your community listed on our calendar? We can come to you! Learn more about our trainings below. Workshops can be tailored to meet the needs of your community.

Comprehensive Planning to Navigate Change - 6 Hours - Are you overwhelmed by options for organizational planning? Join the club! How do you choose between all those plans you've heard about -- from strategic plans, business plans, marketing and communications, financial and fund development to succession planning? Using the MNA Principles and Practices for Nonprofit Excellence as a roadmap, we'll help you make sense of your options to shape your organization's future.

April 8 – Billings
April 9 – Helena
April 10 – Butte
April 12 – Missoula

MNA Member (Before 4/1) | $99
MNA Member (After 4/1) | $109
Non-Member (Before 4/1) | $119
Non-Member (After 4/1) | $129

Build Your Best Team – 3-6 Hours – Nonprofit Professionals, Leaders, Board Members + Volunteers
From leveraging individual strengths to redesigning organizational culture, this workshop will equip you to attract and retain a multi-generational workforce (and board-force) to carry your organization's mission into the future. Ready to register? Click Here.

So You Wanna Be a Board Member – 1-2 Hours – Emerging Leaders + Young Professionals
Every nonprofit in Montana is required to have at least three board members. If your community struggles to engage new board members, MNA is available to host an event which introduces and encourages board membership as a meaningful option for community volunteerism. This workshop is offered at no cost when paired with another MNA workshop in your community. Ready to register? Click Here.

Nonprofit Board Leadership and Stewardship – 3-6 Hours – Nonprofit Leaders + Board Members
Legal responsibilities, strategic vision, financial stewardship…Board Members have a lot on their plates. Whether you are a seasoned board member or a new recruit, this workshop will cover all you need to know to become an excellent board member. Ready to Register? Click Here.

To learn more about fees and scheduling a workshop for your community or organization,
contact Shelby Rogala at [email protected] or 406-449-3717

Learn On-Demand

MindEdge

Carefully crafted courses designed with the adult learner in mind, MindEdge trainings are offered through MNA on a continuously updated list of topics so you can dig in to marketing, communications, nonprofit management, and more - at your own pace.

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GrantsMagic

From a curated selection of seven on-deman webinars to help you make the most of your grant writing to more extended courses throughout the year, GrantsMagic provides expert grant writing instruction in a digestible format.

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IdealWare

With on-demand webinars and new content every month, Idealware brings relevant, timely, and accessible software and technology solutions to nonprofits. MNA Members receive a 20% discount on courses. Email [email protected] to receive your discount code.

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Webinars

Webinar Courses

MNA offers webinar courses throughout the year to meet the training needs of our members. These in-depth courses cover a range of topics. Check back for more updates.

Legislative Prep Series – $10/Session - Dec 13, 18, Jan 9

Get Press Bootcamp with Torie Rynning –Free Session Feb 6, $79 for Feb 13, 20, 27

Voices of Philanthropy Series - $30/Session – Feb 7, 14, 21

HR Basics w/ Associated Employers - $35/Session – March 20, 27, April 3

Members-Only Free Webinars

MNA has created a series of free monthly webinars for members. From social media marketing with Firespring to Creating and Maintaining Your Ideal Work Culture with Associated Employers, Fundraising Compliance with Harbor Compliance to Payroll , members can tune in and brush up their skills on a wide variety of integral topics.

Full Schedule Forthcoming

Affinity Groups

Development Staff

Join an affinity group to connect with your peers, share obstacles, and talk through best practices. Groups will connect and then set a time and agenda to meet, guided by an MNA facilitator.

Request to join a group by emailing [email protected].

ED's and CEO's

Join an affinity group to connect with your peers, share obstacles, and talk through best practices. Groups will connect and then set a time and agenda to meet, guided by an MNA facilitator.

Request to join a group by emailing [email protected].

Board Chairs

Join an affinity group to connect with your peers, share obstacles, and talk through best practices. Groups will connect and then set a time and agenda to meet, guided by an MNA facilitator.

Request to join a group by emailing [email protected].

Emerging Leaders

Join an affinity group to connect with your peers, share obstacles, and talk through best practices. Groups will connect and then set a time and agenda to meet, guided by an MNA facilitator.

Emerging Leaders Affinity Group is for professionals new to the nonprofit sector or those stepping into leadership roles for the first time.

Request to join a group by emailing [email protected].

Local Nonprofit Networks

Join an affinity group to connect with your peers, share obstacles, and talk through best practices. Groups will connect and then set a time and agenda to meet, guided by an MNA facilitator.

Leaders that serve as local or regional hubs for nonprofits are invited to join our Community Network Leader Call, taking place at 10:00 AM on the 3rd Thursday of each Month. View our current network participants here.

Request to join a group by emailing [email protected].

Higher and Continuing Education

University of Montana

The University of Montana offers online short courses in nonprofit administration designed for busy professionals.

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Further your education and benefit your organization with a Masters in Public Administration - Nonprofit Track at University of Montana.

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Salish Kootenai College

Salish Kootenai College now offers a Grants Project Management Certificate for those interested in furthering their education in grants management.

 

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