Community Event: Flathead Fund Development Book Group

November 24, 2015

Fundraising professionals are invited to join a new book group in the Flathead to promote continuing education and networking. This event is hosted by Cathy Cooney of Montana Community Foundation.

The Flathead Fund Development Book Group is holding the first meeting on Wednesday, December 9, from 4-5 p.m. at the development office of Immanuel Lutheran Communities. The facility is located at 185 Crestline in Kalispell. (The development office is located in a small house at the end of the street next to the main facility. For more specific directions, contact Ronalee Skees at 752-9243 or

The FFD book group will meet every three weeks for structured discussions. It is open to all fundraising professionals (paid or unpaid) or those interested in entering the development field. There is no fee for joining, but all participants are required to read the book selections in advance to allow full participation in the discussion.

The first selection is Strategic Fund Development: Building Profitable Relationships that Last by Simone Joyaux.  The newest version of the book is expensive so participants are encouraged to buy a used or  Kindle version. (The third edition is the newest, but the 1st or 2nd edition will be fine.) At the first meeting, we will discuss the first three or four chapters of the book.

This groundbreaking book offers important insights, critical strategies, and useful tools to enhance your organization’s performance and raise more charitable contributions. Joyaux challenges the fundraising profession to focus on organizational development rather than merely promoting fundraising technicians. Joyaux integrates staff work with that of volunteers and demands a basic change in the way we do business.

If you have questions, contact Cathy Cooney, Director of Donor Services at Montana Community Foundation, at or 441-4954.


Paint the Mansion

August 22, 2011

The Conrad Mansion Museum is hosting a “Paint the Mansion” event on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 for professional and amateur artists in the valley. From 10:00am to 4:00pm, artists are encouraged to bring their paints, brushes, canvases, drawing pads, and easels to the Mansion grounds and create their masterpieces. At 4:00pm, artists can participate in the judging in three categories: water based, oil category, and other. The winners will be chosen for both professional and amateur designations. The winners work will be professionally framed by Budget Framing and displayed at the Mansion throughout the month of September for our many guests to view.

There is no charge to participate. Artists will also have the option to sell their artwork to the public. The maximum size piece allowed is 18” x 24”.

Over the years, many artists have used the Mansion as their subject and we are very excited about this fun new event. The public is welcome and encouraged to watch the artists in action throughout the day and during the judging at 4:00pm. The rain date for the event is Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011, 10 am – 4 pm
Conrad Mansion Museum
330 Woodland Avenue, Kalispell

The 2011 Flathead Valley Project Homeless Connect

June 13, 2011

This June, over 30 agencies and businesses will be gathered at the Samaritan House Administration Building for the second annual Flathead Valley Project Homeless Connect (PHC). PHC is an international movement to end homelessness, which began in San Francisco in 2004. A PHC event typically gathers service providers that can assist the homeless or those at risk of homelessness in one location. However, PHC is not an information fair. We do our best to ensure that there will be immediate services at PHC, such as medical and dental services, haircuts, ID services, bicycle repair, pet services, employment assistance, housing counseling, and the opportunity to directly apply for public assistance.

Reaching out to the homeless population can be a challenge, which is why we would greatly appreciate it if you could spread the word. Anyone who is having trouble making ends meet, or are worried about losing their home would greatly benefit from this once a year opportunity. It is also a great chance for people who are new to poverty to learn about all the resources and services that are available to them.

Community Action Partnership is also accepting in-kind and monetary donations for PHC. We are looking for:

* Non-perishable food
* New socks and underwear
* Toiletries
* Books
* Blankets and Sleeping Bags

In-kind donations can be dropped off at 214 Main Street, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Checks can be sent to and made payable to Community Action Partnership Attn Project Homeless Connect, PO Box 8300 Kalispell, MT 59904.

If you have any questions please call Sarah at 758-5445.

June 16, 11 am to 4 pm, and June 17, 9 am to 1 pm

Samaritan House Admin Building
1110 2nd Street West, Kalispell

Sponsored by Community Action Partnership of NW Montana and the Samaritan House

Nonprofit Leadership Skills for Social Change

May 16, 2011

Effective nonprofit leadership requires clarity of purpose, flexibility, stamina, money smarts, and the ability to inspire others to do their best work. Learn how to build and grow sustainable, effective, well-funded organizations that create real change.

Explore and discuss:

• Vision and purpose: What’s your true work?
• How leadership needs change throughout the life of an organization
• Building a board that works
• Hiring and supervising staff
• Creating a sustainable funding base
• Leadership for the long haul: time management, self-care, and succession planning

Participants will leave with the outline of a plan to sustain themselves and their organizations as well as to recruit the next generation of leaders.

October 12 – 16, 2011

Hollyhock Lifelong Learning Centre
Cortes Island, British Columbia, Canada
Cost: $545 Canadian Dollars (meals & accommodation extra) / 5 nights

presented by Andy Robinson

For more information, click here.

About the presenter
Andy Robinson has provided training and consulting support for over 15 years to nonprofits across Canada and in 47 U.S. states. He specializes in the needs of grassroots organizations working for social justice, human rights, and environmental conservation. Andy is the author of four books, including Selling Social Change and Big Gifts for Small Groups. Check out this video on Youtube.

Preventing Fraud in your Nonprofit

May 3, 2011

Think it can’t happen to you? Think again. In this challenging economy, employee theft in nonprofits and small businesses is on the rise. This important webinar will help you detect and prevent fraud in your organization by offering insights into how perpetrators think and how you can practice good internal controls to prevent theft in your organization. We’ll also provide useful tips on how to implement fraud prevention methods in your organization, whether big or small, without disrupting the normal flow of your organization. We will show you real life examples of fraud in Montana organizations and how they were detected.

Bring your questions as we will schedule sufficient time to answer them during and after the webinar.

Register here.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011, 12:30 pm – 2 pm

cost: MNA member – $35, non-member – $70
hosted by Montana Nonprofit Association

presented by Angie Murdo, CPA, CFE, of Anderson ZurMuehlen & Co

hosted by the Montana Nonprofit Association

Protection of Data, Identity Theft and Disaster Recovery

April 27, 2011

Learn how to: protect your data, manage backups, transfer data to new computers, upgrade data to newer technology, prevent identity theft, and manage disaster recovery. Other topics that may be covered if there is time and interest: securing home and small business documentation, regulations on document retention, physical security, employee records, payroll data, Internet billing, Homeland Security, FTC Red Flag Rules, payment Card Industry Standards (PCI), and HIPAA security regulations.

Register online, click on Continuing Education link.

Thursday, April 28, 2011, 8 am – noon

Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview, Kalispell
Cost: $59

presented by Ed and Dan Mahlum

Facebook Fix Required?

April 25, 2011

When it comes to Facebook for your Business, there’s often some confusion about the difference between a personal account and a business account. At this Facebook for Business seminar for beginners, you’ll learn the difference between a Personal account and a Business account and how to correct your Facebook Page if you set it up incorrectly. We will also discuss how to use Facebook to build your following and engage with your community and your target market. We’ll show you the new Kalispell Chamber Facebook Page and learn how they went from 0 to 65 ‘Likers’ in one week. This will be an entry level class for those who need to catch up on the latest craze in marketing.

To RSVP contact Kim Morisaki, by email or by phone, 257-7711.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 12 pm – 1 pm

Arts and Technology Building, Room 139
Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview, Kalispell

presented by Connie Cermak of Bigfork Web
hosted by E2

E2 is a free forum for entrepreneurs who want to know other entrepreneurs in the region. E2 is about being inspired, mentored and educated through the experience of others. E2 is sponsored by Montana West Economic Development and hosted by Flathead Valley Community College.

About the presenter
Having spent the last decade in the city of Chicago, Connie Cermak of Bigfork Web began witnessing Social Media completely revolutionize advertising in downtown Chicago and other major cities. Connie saw tremendous opportunity, submerging herself in social media summits where she engaged with big brands such as United Airlines, ConAgra Foods, Chevrolet, Subway, Dominoes Pizza and dozens of others. Having experienced tremendous success with clients from medical clinics to professional athletes, Connie returned to the place of her family heritage to work for Bigfork Web Development.