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Nonprofit Executive Director Roundtable

Succession with Intention: Preparing for changes in staff and board leadership

Facilitated by Ned Cooney
May 9, 2024
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Online only

Turnover in nonprofits seems to be a fact of life, as people come and go from staff and volunteer roles. Everyone leaves eventually, whether planned or unplanned, on good terms or in the wake of conflict.  This workshop will help you anticipate changes in Board and key staff positions with important questions and considerations for planning, along with common mistakes to avoid.  You’ll walk away with the beginnings of an “in case of emergency” plan, tools you can use, and next steps to generate discussion and plan to get ahead of inevitable changes. You can avoid panic when that time comes! 

Ned Cooney specializes in organizational planning, board education and development, program development, funding strategies, support for executives and board members, and meeting and retreat facilitation.  Most of his career has been in the nonprofit sector, as executive director, program staff, volunteer, and board member. Now, Ned serves many organizations by following his passion for helping people learn and make better decisions together. Ned is a former Board Chair of Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA) and has served as a member of MNA’s Nonprofit Public Policy Council since its start in 2006. 


Grow Your Gifts

Facilitated by Alan Davis
June 27, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Northwest Montana History Museum – Kalispell

The Great Fish Community Challenge has become the largest annual fundraising campaign for many local nonprofit organizations. Existing donors are often the single biggest resource for participating organizations to grow their fundraising impact.  Join WCF President Alan Davis to learn about small, donor-focused strategies that will raise more money and retain more donors. Even if your organization will not be participating in the 2024 Great Fish Community Challenge, you are invited to attend this workshop! 

Alan Davis Alan joined the Whitefish Community Foundation team in 2023. Previously, he led fundraising, grant writing, community events, and outreach as Director of Development for Whitefish Legacy Partners and the Whitefish Trail. 


Executive Director Roundtable discussion

July 18, 2024
12 to 1 p.m.
Location to be announced

Executive directors of Flathead Valley nonprofits are invited to this informal roundtable discussion to connect with and learn from peers who understand the challenges and opportunities that come with this demanding role. RSVP to to receive meeting details.

We thank the Dennis & Phyllis Washington Foundation, the Otto Bremer Trust, and the Tamarack Foundation for supporting the Nonprofit Development Program.

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