Nonprofit Trainings

Nonprofit trainings promote good governance. All trainings will be held at Grouse Mountain Lodge. Enjoy coffee and pastry while conversing on important nonprofit issues, learning about good governance, and discussing best practices for nonprofits.

DUE TO THE COVID-19 CRISIS, WE WILL BE HOLDING VIRTUAL WORKSHOPS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE EMAIL CONTACT@WHITEFISHCOMMUNITYFOUNDATION.ORG

2021 Nonprofit Trainings

8
APRL

IS the board governing?

15
APRL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS ROUNDTABLE

13
MAY

CREATING AND BUILDING A MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM

20
MAY

ARE YOU READY FOR A CAPITAL CAMPAIGN?

Is the Board Governing


  • Nonprofit Development Program
  • Presented by Ned Cooney, Facilitator/Consultant
    April 8, 2021
    10:30 A.M. – Noon
    Virtual lunch to follow

We often talk about Board Governance because governing should be the central focus of every board, but what does it mean to “govern” an organization? How is that different from “running” or “managing” an organization?

As board members and staff continue to evolve, so do the organizations they serve. Regular self-examination and a common set of expectations are crucial to determine if the board has inadvertently shifted its focus away from the core task of every board; governance. During this session, Ned will introduce a framework to understand the work of the board, questions to ask as the organization evolves, and ways to encourage the board to engage in the right things.

Ned Cooney brings a unique combination of perspectives to his lectures, with experience as a grant-maker and grant-seeker; volunteer, staff, and board member in a variety of organizations; as well as an educator and consultant in organizational and academic settings. He is a former Board Chair of the Montana Nonprofit Association and has served as a member of MNA’s Nonprofit Public Policy Council since its start in 2006.

Are you ready for a capital campaign?


  • Nonprofit Development Program
  • Presented by Jane Ratzlaff, Nonprofit Consultant
    May 20, 2021
    2:00 P.M.
    This workshop will be held virtually via Zoom.

An organization may have great programs, an awesome vision and a dedicated board, yet may still be missing core ingredients necessary to raise millions of dollars for the perfect building or expansion. During this virtual session, Jane will guide you through a realistic assessment of your readiness to manage a campaign, and the tasks you need to accomplish to prepare for it.

Jane Ratzlaff began her development career in 1980 building annual funds. She gained extensive experience working with major gifts and comprehensive development programs before she transitioned into executive roles as Vice President of Development at the University of Montana, and Executive Director for the Glacier National Park Fund. After leaving the Glacier National Park Fund, Jane served as interim executive director for several organizations, and shifted her focus to consulting. Since 1990, she has learned lessons from poorly-conceived campaigns, and been involved in a wide variety of successful campaigns.

Executive Directors Roundtable


  • Nonprofit Development Program
  • April 15, 2021
    Noon – 1:30 p.m.

Are you an Executive Director in the Flathead Valley looking to connect with your colleagues?

This will be the first of our quarterly roundtables, inviting ED’s to gather, share and learn from each other. Join us every time, or join us when you can. The idea is to bring everyone together in a supportive environment to explore topics and challenges specific to the life of an ED.

CREATING AND BUILDING A MONTHLY GIVING PROGRAM


  • Nonprofit Development Program
  • Presented by Chany Ockert, CFRE
    May 13, 2021
    10:30 – Noon
    Virtual lunch to follow

Monthly giving provides a stable source of contributed income, grows loyalty among donors, and creates a greater engagement into the mission you serve. This workshop will define the benefits of a monthly giving program, outline the structure and logistics to maintain the program, and describe the messaging to attract and grow the number of monthly givers.

Chany Ockert has worked in the nonprofit sector across various fields, and founded her consulting practice in 2007. Specializing in adapting fundraising best practices to optimize fund development, she was awarded the Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) designation in 2016. In 2019, Chany obtained the Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting from BoardSource, the recognized leader in nonprofit Board leadership.

The Whitefish Community Foundation nonprofit training programs are sponsored by:

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All attendees can enter their favorite nonprofit for a chance to win a $250 Instant Grant!

One instant grant will be awarded at each session.

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