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RCDI - Educational Resources


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Alliance for Justice

Resources and Workshops about nonprofits and foundations engaging in advocacy

Americorps VISTA

Learn more about the Americorps VISTA program in Montana

The Aspen Institute

Publications (fee $$) on community strategies, including rural fund development, developing entrepreneurial economies in rural regions,

Association of Fundraising Professionals Montana Chapter

Training and networking opportunities

Big Sky Institute

LCF directory for financial advisors, consultant directory

Blue Avocado

Free online magazine for nonprofits


Tools and Resources for nonprofit boards

The Bridgespan Group

The Bridgespan Group is a nonprofit advisor and resource for mission-driven organizations and philanthropists.

Build Montana

Searchable nonprofit database, volunteer opportunities, online donations to your organization

Community Foundations

Topics of interest, ways to give, newsroom, site map, resource for professional advisors, donors, and media representatives

Compass Point

Resources and Workshops for Nonprofits – free “nonprofit board basics online” training tool

Council of Foundations

Community foundation resources, Professional Development Archive, section on Resources & Reports; and

Endow Montana

Information about MT's Charitable Endowment Tax Credit


Monthly newsletter on communications – specialists in fundraising, advocacy, nonprofit communications

Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, Essential skills and strategies for new grantmakers, Grantmaker education

Fundraising Tips

Weekly e-mail with fundraising tips

Gicing Day Playbook Mobilize organizations and gain new insight into your community

Google for nonprofits

Google gives free or discounted products, including Adwords advertising

Guide to Nonprofit Marketing Wisdom

Nancy Schwartz, publisher of the Getting Attention blog

Headwaters Economics

Social Economic profiles by region

Heartland Center

Leadership development, hometown competition, rural focus, based in Nebraska

Hopa Mountain

Hopa Mountain invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders working primarily in the areas of early childhood education, informal science education, service–learning, ecological and human health, and nonprofit development.  They host free webinars and workshops across Montana.

Legacy Montana

A membership association that purchases ads to promote legacy/bequest giving

Montana Bar Association

Some free resources, section for nonprofits

Montana Community Foundation

Information on Montana transfer of wealth and many other resources for community foundations.  Affiliate Policies and Procedures Manual.

Montana Economic Developers Association

Community needs assessments, workshops for economic developers

Montana Nonprofit Association

Lots of resources including technical assistance phone calls

Montana Senior Corps

Senior volunteers work with a range nonprofits across Montana through the RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program)

Montana Society of CPAs

Trained in nonprofit issues, retired CPAs, CPA directory

Movie Mondays

Weekly videos on fundraising (5 minutes or less)

MSU Extension

Community Development, facilitation, county agents, free workshops, estate planning

National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations guide

Sound policies and accountable practices

Network for Good

Online Fundraising for Nonprofits

Nonprofit Finance Fund

“Where Money meets Mission” providing a continuum of financing, consulting, and advocacy services to nonprofits and funders nationwide.

One Montana – Collaboration Center

One-Stop Shopping for Community Resources

Philanthropy Northwest

Free MT/WY e-bulletin and free monthly call for all MT grantmakers; do not have to be a PNW member to join the monthly MT calls

Project 2030: Montana’s Aging Population

MSU Extension can offer this presentation any time between now and the end of June 2013.  All travel and presentation expenses will be paid by this project.
If you feel your county would be interested in this topic or would like to organize this seminar in your county, please email me or my administrative assistant, Keri Hayes at .

Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI)

Analysis and information for rural America; Don Macke spoke at Mountain Sky in 10/11 via Skype

Serve Montana

Governor's Office of Community Service


Free video chat tool


Free open source software database

Tech Soup

Information about technology for nonprofits

USDA Rural Development

Provides consultations, assistance and funding opportunities for, individuals and businesses located in rural communities

Web-based tools

85 Low-cost or free web-based tools for nonprofits and citizen leaders

Western Montana Fundraising Association

Bi-monthly fundraising meetings in Missoula

Dorcie Dvarishskis

Model LCFs:

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Greater Cincinnati Foundation

Toolkit for community foundations on engaging Donor Advised Funds in Impact Investing

External Link

Richland County Foundation

Mansfield, Ohio

Strategic Planning:

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Great Milwaukee Foundation, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Sample strategic plan

Montana Community Foundation, Helena, Montana

Sample strategic plan


The Oregon Community Foundation

Vision, mission and strategic direction examples

Purdue University Extension

Developing Mission and Vision Statements

USDA Rural Development

Guide to Rural Community Strategic Planning

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Sample strategic plan


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Business Planning for Nonprofits: What It Is and Why It Matters

The Bridgespan Group

Community Foundations as Partners in the Public Policy Process:  What it Takes

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Financial Management for Nonprofits: Keys to Success, Third Edition, by Peter Konrad and Alys Novak

Bayaud Industries.  Call Dave Busenbark at 303-830-6885, ext 209 to order.  333 W Bayaud Ave, Denver, CO   80223

Foundations Must Return to Multi-Year Grantmaking

Stanford Social Innovation Review

A Nonprofit Board or a Group of Dead Fish?

The Bridgespan Group

External Link

The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution, Real-time strategic planning in a rapid-response world, by David La Piana

Fieldstone Alliance


Redefining Community Foundations

Stanford Social Innovation Review

Rhetoric Versus Reality: A Strategic Disconnect at Community Foundations

The Center for Effective Philanthropy

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Downloadable Resources