April Fools!

April 1, 2013

Have a very Happy April Fools’ Day!

Chany Ockert and Ned Cooney
your (pranking) friends at NpDP

P.S. Any ads that appear below are not a part of this April Fools joke.


Higher Education Survey

March 19, 2013

Dear Flathead County Nonprofit Employer,

Flathead Valley Community College, Montana State University, and the University of Montana are investigating the possibility of offering more bachelor’s degree programs in the Flathead Valley. Your feedback will be valuable in assessing what types of bachelor’s degree programs are most needed. Your responses to the survey will be confidential and used only for the purpose stated.


We hope you will take a few minutes and fill out the survey before April 15. In an effort to contact as many businesses as possible, this survey is being sent to multiple mailing lists. We apologize for multiple emails. Please only answer the survey once. To begin the survey, just click on the link below.

To thank you for participating, you will be entered into a drawing to win two “Chef’s Table” tickets.

Again, thank you for your time and input. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me directly.

Brad Eldredge PhD
Executive Director of Institutional Research
Flathead Valley Community College

Using Facebook Interest Lists to Stay in Contact with Nonprofit Pages

October 31, 2012

The On-the-Go Momma blog posted a great summary on how to use Interest Lists for Facebook Pages.  We’ve excerpted a portion of this blog.  Read the full blog post, The Busy, On-the-Go Momma’s Guide to Everyday Facebook Frustrations here.


Interest Lists*

I see Interest Lists as the easiest way to keep track of pages. I currently have three interest lists set up: 1.) Bloggers on Facebook 2.) Local News and 3.) Organizations I am involved with.

If you “like” a fan page and you want to continue to make sure you see what that page has to say, add it to an interest list. You can find your interest lists located to the left of your Facebook News Feed.

To create your own Interest Lists: click “Add Interests…” (see image above) and follow the prompts. You will select the fan pages and friends you already have to include within the interest list and then name the list.

Every time you “like” a new fan page you have an option to add them to an “INTEREST” List just like you have the option to add friends to you “FRIENDS” Lists.

Tip #3: Pick your Favorites

There are certain lists I’ve created that I like to look at more often then others. (For example: I have an “INTEREST” list that I use often named “Bloggers on FB” set up for all the blogs that I follow with Facebook pages.)

In order to make visiting any lists and fan pages easier, I have learned to add certain lists and pages to my “FAVORITES” area.

The “FAVORITES” area is located right under your own profile name on your newsfeed. This is where you’ll also find your Messages and Events tabs listed.

You can add your favorite lists AND your favorite pages (like On-the-Go Momma!) to this area so they are always immediately accessible (See above image: I have my own fan page listed as a favorite along with my lists I check the most including my Bloggers list.)

To add a “FRIENDS” or “INTEREST” Lists to your Favorites: Hover over the list you want to add to your favorites until the pencil shows up to the left of the list name. Click the pencil and you should see the option to add it to your favorites.

Add a Facebook List to Favorites

To add a Fan Page to your Favorites: Go to the actual Fan Page and then click on the arrow next to Message (see image below) and then click “Add to My Page’s Favorites.

Add a Facebook Fan Page to Favorites

May 2012 e-News

May 8, 2012

Food for Thought
“Because learning does not consist only of knowing what we must or we can do, but also of knowing what we could do and perhaps should not do.”
– Umberto Eco, The Name of the Rose
In This Edition:
>> Applause Break: Nationally Recognized Free to Choo$e
>> May Brown Bag: Communicating with Legislators – May 10
>> May Managers Forum: Communicating with Legislators Discussion – May 24
>> Save the Dates:  Executive Director Roundtable, June Brown Bag & MNA Conference
>> Survey:  Nonprofit Salary Survey – deadline May 4
>> Job Opportunities: Tamarack Grief Resource Center & Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
>> Community Resource: Leadership Flathead
>> Survey Results:  2011 Nonprofit Economic Conditions
>> Grant Opportunity: Whitefish Community Foundation – June 1
>> Of Interest: Fatal Fundraising Flaw, Board Crisis Management, Stop Multi-Tasking
>> The Resource Corner:  Local Options for Accepting Recurring, Online Donations
compiled by Chany Ockert, Coordinator, and edited by Ned Cooney, Program Director

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As always, NpDP is grateful for the support of the Sustainability Fund, FVCC Continuing Education, Flathead Job Service, Flathead Community Foundation and our nonprofit and individual contributors.

Now, you can follow NpDP:
    on our Blog:  FlatheadNpDP.WordPress.com
    on Facebook:  Facebook.com/FlatheadNpDP
    on Twitter: Twitter.com/FlatheadNpDP
    on Flickr: Flickr.com/photos/FlatheadNpDP.

Applause Break:
Nationally Recognized Free to Choo$e
In June, Free to Choo$e will be recognized and shared with community development leaders at the Coming Home Conference by NeighborWorks America, Rural Community Assistance and Rural LISC.  This successful program assists low-income families to build a stable financial future.  Free to Choo$e is a partnership between the Community Action Partnership of Northwest Montana and Park Side Credit Union.
Kudos for sharing this successful program nationally!

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May Brown Bag:
Communicating with Legislators
Thursday, May 10, 2012, 11:30 am – 1 pm
11:30 – 11:45 am Networking, 11:45 am – 1 pm Presentation
The Museum at Central School
124 Second Avenue East, Kalispell
Cost: Free
hosted by the Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership
presented by Tim Sievers of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County and Nanette Gilbertson and Erin McGowan Fincham of Smith and McGowan, Inc.
Please RSVP to rsvp@npdp.org or 406/756-3618 to ensure enough handouts and seating if you plan to attend.
The 2013 Montana Legislature is just around the corner, and promises to be another important session for nonprofit sector-wide issues like the Montana Endowment Tax Credit, as well as decisions that affect specific types of organizations. It's not too early to think about your organization's strategy to communicate with legislators — in fact, waiting until the session starts to figure out your strategy is too late!

This workshop features two seasoned lobbyists from Helena, as well as Tim Sievers, who before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County worked in state and national legislative offices. Each will share their experience and knowledge about these critical questions:

*What is a nonprofit legally able to do?
*What is lobbying, and how does it differ from education about your work?
*How does the legislative process work in Montana, and how can you keep apprised of what bills are before the Senate and House?
*What are the most effective ways to communicate with legislators?
*What are some critical mistakes to avoid?
About our presenters
Tim Sievers, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flathead County

Nanette Gilbertson and Erin McGowan Fincham, Smith and McGowan Inc., lobbyists for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Montana
For information, contact:
email: admin@npdp.org
phone #: 406/756-3618
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May Managers Forum:
Discussion on Communicating with Legislators
Thursday, May 24, 2012, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Annex Conference Room
First Montana Bank
85 North Main Street, Kalispell, MT (Next To Pizza Hut)
Please RSVP to rsvp@npdp.org or 406/756-3618 to ensure enough seating if you plan to attend.
As a follow-up from May's Brown Bag, we will continue the discussion around the issues of communicating with legislators. 
The Managers Forum is a peer learning and idea sharing forum for nonprofit leaders and managers.
For information, contact:
email: admin@npdp.org
phone #: 406/756-3618
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Save the Dates:
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Executive Director Roundtable
**due to the sometimes sensitive nature of the conversation, this Managers Forum is limited to current Executive Directors.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Listening Session with Liz Moore, new Executive Director, of the Montana Nonprofit Association
June Brown Bag
September 19 – 21, 2012
Nonprofit Impact: So What's Your So What?
Montana Nonprofit Association’s annual statewide conference in Helena.
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Nonprofit Salary Survey
Montana Nonprofit Association’s Salary Survey is one of MNA’s more requested resources, and they are in the process of updating it in partnership with the National Council of Nonprofits and Columbia Books & Information Services.  The deadline to fill out the survey has been extended to Friday, May 4.  If your organization is a member of MNA, you will receive a free copy of the report.  If not, consider joining or receive the report at a 50% discount.  By the way, all 501(c)3 organizations should select “Charitable/Service Organization” on the first screen.
The Flathead topped all of the other regions of Montana in the number of nonprofit respondents to the last MNA survey.  Let’s come in first again with this survey!
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Job Opportunities:
Tamarack Grief Resource Center

Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Flathead Program Coordinator will facilitate TGRC’s grief support and education programs with special focus on the Flathead Valley region. The FPC will assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of grief programs. In addition, the FPC will assist with fundraising and public relations including drafting and editing grant proposals, public speaking, and event planning. The FPC is the lead TGRC staff in the Flathead Valley acting as the liaison between TGRC and the Flathead community.  The preferred applicant for this position will have completed a Master’s degree from a school of Social Work or Counseling.  Master’s program graduates who are seeking supervision for clinical licensure are encouraged to apply.  All applicants with interest in TGRC’s mission and programs will be considered.  Interested applicants are asked to send the following materials to TGRC: Letter of Interest, Resume, Names and Phone Numbers of Three References, and Writing Sample (500 -750 words). A hard copy or electronic application can be forwarded to: Search Committee, Tamarack Grief Resource Center, 516 S. Orange Street, Missoula, MT  59801 or tgrcsearch@live.com.  For more information, please read their job posting at https://flatheadnpdp.wordpress.com/2012/05/01/flathead-program-coordinator-job-announcement/

Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
The Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation Executive Director is a full time salaried position with a 40 hour work week. This position is based at the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation office located in Hungry Horse, MT at the USFS Hungry Horse Ranger Station. Qualifications may be met by any combination of education and experience that provide the knowledge, skills and abilities listed in the job description. Typically, the Executive Director will have graduated from an accredited college with a major in wilderness management, recreation, natural resource management, outdoor education or closely-related field and have at least two years experience in a supervisory and administrative capacity. To be considered for this position, please submit your resume, three references, responses to supplemental questions and a brief letter that addresses how your knowledge, skills, and experience will support the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation’s mission, vision, goals and objectives to: exec@bmwf.org or mail to Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, P.O. Box 190688, Hungry Horse, MT 59919, attn: Keagan Zoellner. Application packets must be in their office by May 18 to be considered for the job.  For more information, visit their website at www.bmwf.org.
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Community Resource:
Leadership Flathead Class of 2013
Leadership Flathead is a community leadership program designed for leaders to learn more about the Flathead.  It is an excellent opportunity to network across business and government sectors and to be involved as a nonprofit leader in our community.  Scholarships are available to assist with the tuition.  For more information, contact Jill Seigmund at (406)758-2810 or jill@kalispellchamber.com for Class of 2013 Application Materials.  Applications are due on June 15.
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Survey Results:
2012 State of the Sector Survey Results
The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released the results of the nonprofit economic conditions survey for 2011.  Montana nonprofits were well represented in this national survey.  Plus, based on historic participation of Flathead nonprofits in statewide surveys, these results are significant to the Flathead.  The survey results can be filtered by a number of criteria including state, type of nonprofit, operating budget size and basic, emergency service.  See how your organization compares here on topics including workforce, financial health, service demands, government funding, board engagement, and management decisions:

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Grant Opportunity:
Whitefish Community Foundation
The Whitefish Community Foundation has released their annual community projects grant application.  Nonprofits serving the Whitefish community and residents may apply for up to $6,000 in funding.  The deadline is June 1 by 3 pm.  Visit their website to download the application and guidelines:
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Of Interest:
Fatal Fundraising Flaw
GuideStar takes a look at a common, but fatal flaw to a fundraising plan:
Is Your Board Ready for a Crisis?
By its nature, a crisis is generally unplanned.  However, Nonprofit Risk Management offers three elements to preparing for a crisis:
The Magic of Doing One Thing At a Time
Harvard Business Review reminds us that our most productive state personally and organizationally occurs when we are not multi-tasking:
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The Resource Center:
Accepting Recurring, Online Donations
2011 became the tipping year for online giving.  A full 65% of donors of all age categories gave at least one gift on-line, according to the Cygnus Donor Survey (from Donor-Centered Fundraising) of over 17,000 American donors.  Even when the donor received a print direct mail piece, 29% made these donations in response to the mail piece online.  Of those who do give online, 61% reported that giving online was their preference.
Increase the Lifetime Value of your Supporters – Create a Recurring Gift Program
If you want to implement one of the lowest-cost fundraising programs that will increase donations and relationships with your donors and create a stable source of income with relatively low administrative commitment, consider implementing an online recurring gift program.
Read Blackbaud’s White Paper on the benefits, challenges and process here:
Local Options for Accepting Online and Recurring Donations
All of the banks and credit unions in the Flathead offer options for nonprofits to accept online, recurring donations through their Merchant Account services.  Some banks such as Glacier Bank and Rocky Mountain Bank are in the process of hosting seminars to discuss their in-house services.  Other banks and credit unions such as First Montana Bank, First Interstate Bank, Valley Bank, Whitefish Credit Union, Mountain West Bank, partner with area payment processors, NxGen or First Data.
The options range from your nonprofit staff handling, processing and protecting the donor’s banking or credit card information to the bank, credit union or payment processors handling, processing and protecting the donor’s banking or credit card data.

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Website Renovation

May 9, 2011

We are excited to announce that our website has gone through some renovations. Check it out. We’ve made our site simpler. Be sure to check out our Resource Links. We have listed nonprofit links by category.

Please let us know what you think, or if you have any resource links to add, by e-mailing us.

e-Newsletter Survey

February 1, 2011

Over the last five years, we have sent e-Newsletters updating you on events and nonprofit resources. Will you help us help you? Help us improve our e-Newsletters by taking a quick 5 to 10 minute survey here.

Thank you for your help!

How Will the New Tax Law Affect Your Nonprofit, Your Employees, and the People You Serve?

January 11, 2011

The National Council of Nonprofits answers that question in the following areas: the tax rates, payroll taxes, estate tax, charitable giving incentives, unemployment benefits, the alternative minimum tax and more.

Or, read the 12-page summary for more topics in the tax law of interest to specific nonprofit sectors.

The National Council on Nonprofits also highlights the IRS instructions to implement the payroll tax cut and income tax withholding tables for 2011.