Nonprofit Trainings

Upcoming Nonprofit Learning Opportunities


Managing Change and Leadership Transitions


Mental Wellness Basics 



Executive Directors

Managing Change and Leadership Transitions

May 12, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Andy Robinson
FREE to attend 



Nonprofit leadership is all about designing and creating change, both within and beyond your organization. Change management includes training and supporting the next generation of leaders. In this workshop, we’ll discuss:

• How organizations grow and change over time – and how leadership needs change as nonprofits grow
• Understanding different models of change; choosing the model that best fits your circumstances
• Creating change at different levels: personal, interpersonal, and within groups
• Designing a succession plan
• Tangible tips for training and empowering others to lead

This is an interactive webinar, so please come prepared to participate!

Andy Robinson provides training and consulting for nonprofits, businesses, and government agencies. Over the past 26 years, Andy has worked with clients in 47 U.S. states and Canada. Since the pandemic began in March 2020, he has designed and facilitated 125 online meetings, webinars, and remote workshops covering a variety of topics, including fundraising, board development, marketing, leadership development, facilitation, planning, change management, and train-the-trainer programs. Andy is the author of six books, including Train Your Board (and Everyone Else) to Raise Money, His latest is What Every Board Member Needs to Know, Do, and Avoid. He lives in Plainfield, Vermont.



Executive Directors Roundtable

July 21, 2022
12 – 1:30 p.m.
In-person, Outdoor location to be announced

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

Join us for this quarterly gathering of nonprofit Executive Directors in a supportive environment to explore topics and challenges specific to the life of an ED.


mental wellness basics:
a primer for everyone

Gaelen Engler, SWLC Sara Boilen, PsyD

June 9, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Gaelen Engler, SWLC and Sara Boilen, PsyD
FREE to attend
Northwest Montana History Museum, 124 Second Ave East, Kalispell


Mental health is something we all have but not all of us know how to address. This workshop is designed to teach people what they never learned in school about the basics of how to feel okay, build resilience, and develop the capacity for coping with difficulty when it comes their way. This engaging 90 minute presentation will help participants learn what mental wellness is, how to achieve and maintain mental wellness, and how to support others in that process. Information about resources in the community will also be included.

Gaelen Engler, SWLC is a therapist at Sweetgrass Psychological Services and a skier and rock climber. She is deeply passionate about the community of the Flathead Valley and helping all individuals find satisfaction and passion in life. Gaelen trained at the University of Montana as a social worker and is currently completing her post-Master’s training hours. Gaelen specializes in working with couples and individuals on their paths to mental health. Gaelen understands, from personal experience, the value of self-compassion and the challenges we all face in treating ourselves as well as we treat others. Gaelen is a founding member of the Northwest Montana Climber’s Coalition. 

Sara Boilen, PsyD., is the founder of Sweetgrass Psychological Services and has lived in the Flathead for nearly twenty years. Over this time, she has become passionate about helping break down the stigma surrounding mental illness in our community by making mental healthcare affordable, accessible, and available. She started Well Montana when she realized that so many people were coming to Sweetgrass to learn basic strategies for coping with life. She earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Denver and specializes in forensic psychology, assessments, and ethics. She sits on the Montana Board of Psychology and the Whitefish Housing Authority.  Dr. Boilen is also an avalanche educator and member of the SheJumps nonprofit board of directors.


The Whitefish Community Foundation nonprofit training programs are sponsored by:

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Attendees can enter their local 501(c)(3) nonprofit for a chance to win a $250 Instant Grant!

One instant grant will be awarded at each session.

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