Connecting the campus to the community
The Survival Skills for the Nonprofit Leader Program is a short-term low impact manager training program for managers and supervisors working for nonprofit organizations. Course classes take place once per month for five months and are designed to help individuals develop the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective nonprofit manager. Students will learn about nonprofit management, leadership, ethics, financial operations, and laws and regulations pertaining to nonprofit governance. Students will benefit from instruction by MSUB faculty and from nonprofit leaders who bring their day in, day out experiences to the learning process.
- Nonprofit employees looking to advance in nonprofit organizations
- Nonprofit leaders looking to enhance their knowledge and skills
- Individuals looking to transition into employment into the nonprofit community
The total cost for the program is just $400 for individuals who enroll by September 6, 2017 ($439.00 after September 6)
Students must attend all five training sessions to be awarded a certificate of completion
Management and Leadership - 1:00-5:00 PM Wednesday September 13, 2017
- Application of ethics
- Strategies of effective governance and leadership
- Board Development
- Staff Development
HR Basics - 1:00-5:00 PM Wednesday October 11, 2017
- Discrimination and harassment
- Corrective actions
- Distinction between private/public/ nonprofit laws
Financial Management and Budgeting - 1:00-5:00 PM Wednesday November 8, 2017
- Financial management of organizational budgets
- Federal and State laws regulating nonprofits
Communication in Nonprofit Settings - 1:00-5:00 PM Wednesday December 13, 2017
- Organization communication
- Persuasive communication
- Interpersonal awareness and communication
Fundraising and Advocacy - 1:00-5:00 PM Wednesday January 10, 2018
- Lobbying Laws
- Making You Case (Selling Your Impact)
- Community advocacy and Fundraising
Class participants will be paired with an experienced non-profit Executive that would serve as a mentor
- Post class follow-up - Instructors provide a recap of what they presented and include links to additional resources
To find out more about this and other training programs, please call
MSU Billings Extended Campus
Growing Opportunities for Nonprofit Leaders
A recent report by the Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI) shows that nonprofits continue to be a leading employer of new college graduates and led all other industries this year with a 23% increase in new positions at the bachelor’s degree level compared to 2016 .
Sessions are designed to provide maximum opportunity for experiential learning that can be applied to the participant’s personal development and organization.
Sessions are help once per month for five months. This allows for ease of scheduling and low impact on participants work schedule.
Our Instructor include university faculty that provide training to many organization along with Nonprofit leaders and practitioners
Paul J. Pope, D.A.
Dr. Pope received his Doctor of Arts in Political Science from Idaho State University in 2008. ISU is where he also received his Master of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Political Science degrees. Paul has been published in Administration and Society, Law and Society, Encyclopedia of the First Amendment, and American Politics: A guide for Undergraduates. Paul has been with MSU Billings since 2012 where he is the former director of the MPA program at MSUB and the senior political scientist in the Department of Social Sciences and Cultural Studies.
Dr. John Gillette has twice served in the Peace Corps, speaks several languages, and has taught and trained in the US and abroad. He has earned tenure as a professor of English and speech, and has taught communication, speech, debate, argument, writing, and rhetoric at a number of universities and colleges in his career. John has trained groups of university faculty and staff, as well as members of the public and private industry in conflict management, intercultural communication, writing, pedagogy, critical thinking, assessment, and documentation. John holds a Ph.D. in communication and rhetoric as well as a Ph.D. Certificate in cultural studies.
Dr. Heather Thompson-Bahm is originally from Colorado, where she earned her Doctorate in Management, Master in Business Administration, and Bachelor of Science in Biology. Heather is specially trained in Organization Development and Change, a DACUM certified Occupational Analysis Facilitator, and has worked on team collaboration research projects including ‘Ongoing Client Communication,’ and ‘Employee Morale and Retention.’ Dr. Thompson-Bahm has been with the Montana State University system since 2013, and with City College at MSU Billings since 2015, where she teaches business and human resource courses
Matt Lundgren has a B.A. in English Secondary Education from University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire and a Master’s of Divinity from Lutheran Brethren Seminary. Matt became the Executive Director of Friendship House of Christian Service in August of 2012. He has served in in many nonprofit organizations doing youth work, college student ministry, Young Life, and as a parish pastor. He also brings experience from education, retail and construction to his administration and leadership of Friendship House. Having served the Billings community for more than twelve years before joining the Friendship House, Matt sees intentional community development and leadership development as key factors in moving children and families toward wholeness and health. Matt brings energy, enthusiasm, and a desire to engage the business, faith and governmental sectors in providing opportunities for a vibrant community.
Ms. Mary Hernandez is principal of Invisage Consulting LLC. She enjoys addressing the organizational development needs of small and large nonprofits serving local to worldwide communities. Mary is a certified BoardSource trainer who works in strengthening leadership so organizations may remain relevant, vibrant, and nimble. She is a graduate of Montana State University Billings in organizational communication, and currently serves on the board of Riverstone Health Foundation, and the Executive Committee of the national American Civil Liberties Union board and its Montana Affiliate. Mary’s professional memberships include Society for Human Resource Management, Association of Fundraising Professionals, BoardSource, Montana Nonprofit Association and Billings Chamber of Commerce.