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Working with the Montana Nonprofit Association

Nonprofit Management Series


The Bitter Root RC&D has partnered with the Montana Nonprofit Association and the Bitterroot College to bring the Nonprofit Management Series to the Bitterroot College in Hamilton, MT at half the normal cost for MNA members. The Bitter Root RC&D also offeried scholarships to certain MNA member and non-member organizations operating in or serving Ravalli County. 

On average each workshop was attended by 29 people from 22 organizations.

Board Governance: Developing Leadership & Stewardship - February 17

  • Board Legal Responsibilities

  • Board Structure

  • Recruitment and Orientation

  • Board-Staff Teams

  • Better Board Meetings and Committees

  • Board Roles in Fundraising


Strategic Planning: the Obligation, the Science, the Art - March 17

  • Types of plans, how to use them, when to make them

  • Using data in planning

  • Preparations needed for planning

  • Using strategic questions, generative thinking, visioning and deep analysis when developing a plan

  • Translating plans into action/creating a living plan


Financial Management: Systems for Success - April 28

  • Best practices in nonprofit financial management

  • Risk management, oversight, and developing controls

  • Interpreting financial statements and asking the right questions

  • Financial policies including policy templates

  • Best practices in nonprofit budgeting

  • Understanding the 990 and using it to your advantage 


Fund Development: Mission-Driven Fundraising - May 26

  • Creating a fund development plan

  • Ethics of fundraising

  • Board involvement in fundraising

  • Donor stewardship, donor acknowledgement

  • Communications and Fundraising 

  • Funding Vehicles and developing/managing multiple revenue sources

2017 MNA Conference


We were excited to be able to offer partial scholarships to 10 organizations so that they could participate in the annual conference held in Missoula.

Scholarships were provided to:

Claire Kemp, Hamilton Downtown Association

Peggy Hendren, Valley Veterans Service Center

Roni Keiser, Habitat for Humanity Ravalli County

Jessica Warnken, Ravalli Services Corporation

Ann Bethea, Florence Civic Club

Denise Rose, Hamilton Players

Ruth Baker, Stevensville Historical Museum

Pam Gouse, Bitter Root RC&D

Karin Mayn, Healthy Kids - Healthy Forests (A program of the RC&D)

Crissie McMulan, Mountain Home Montana

None of this would have been possible without the generous support of 

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