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She always said, “If my mother hadn’t run welfare in our small Montana town, we would have been on it.” My wife grew up poor. Her father was killed in a tragic accident when she was a toddler.

TLA Profile: PLUK

NTEN

Parent's, Let's Unite for Kids (PLUK) serves 30,000 Montana families of children with disabilities and special health care needs. A new VoIP phone system has helped the staff and volunteers of Parent's, Let's Unite for Kids statewide stay connected with one another and better serve clients in geographically isolated areas. Kimberlee Roth. Owner. Outword, LLC. read more

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Colorado Nonprofit Offers Aerial Views of a Changing Landscape | Paul Andersen | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net

AFP Blog

Their first application focused on a survey of Montana’s beetle-infested white bark pine. Colorado Nonprofit Offers Aerial Views of a Changing Landscape | Paul Andersen | Travel & Outdoors | NewWest.Net : "But thanks to a new partnership, not everyone has to pay for a coveted spot, limited to four at a time, in EcoFlight founder Bruce Gordon’s single-engine Cessna. Gordon’s “virtual tours” will soon provide links to Google Earth that he says will convey the impact of being on board.

NetSuite Launches New Philanthropy Program for Nonprofits

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

I've known David Geilhufe since the dude ranch in Montana Ebase days in 2002. It was sort of barcamp-like retreat in wilds of Montana not to far from Yellow Stone. Photo by Hurley Vision. David Geilhufe was really proud of his barcamp badge. David Geilhufe emailed me to let me know he has started a new job at NetSuite to create a philanthropy program for the company.

Nonprofit Audit 101

The NonProfit Times

Nonprofit Audit 101: A Guide to The Fundamentals and More is a quick guide for nonprofit finance leaders and executive leaders, providing key fundamentals and know-how, first class best practices, and insight into how to optimize the nonprofit audit process at your organization.

Using BTOP Funds to Reach Remote Areas

Tech Soup Blog

A library in Montana and a nonprofit organization in New Mexico are using the BTOP grant money to fund unique ways to reach out to remote areas. This post originally appeared on the TechSoup for Libraries blog and was authored by Jennifer Anthony. Broadband provision in remote communities can often be logistically challenging and expensive. Targeted grants are one way to address the access barriers faced by rural communities.

Year-end donation processing

Robert Weiner

Paul, Executive Director of the Montana Legal Services Association, from the book Advancement Services: A Foundation for Fund Raising , 2nd ed., As the calendar year draws to an end, charities (and ideally, donors) are focused on year-end donations and tax deductions. Here are a few scenarios for U.S. charities to keep in mind. Note: I am not a lawyer. When in doubt, contact an attorney who specializes in nonprofit law or contact the IRS for a ruling. ).

New Study and Case Studies: Nonprofit Organizational Culture in the Cloud

NTEN

> Read our findings in our research article: Nonprofit Culture in the Cloud: Key Findings from a Study > Read the individual case studies: Family Reach Foundation Montana Legal Services Community Partners American Jewish World Service Danbury Youth Services FivePaths Great Books Foundation Headway Emotional Health Services Park Pride. Flickr: marcp_dmoz Technology aside, it’s clear that the advent of Cloud-based solutions has had an impact on the culture of our work as nonprofits.

A Jargon-Free Guide to Low-Profit Limited Liability Companies (L3C)

NonProfit Hub

The federal jurisdictions of the Crow Indian Nation of Montana, the Oglala Sioux Tribe, the Navajo Indian Nation and Puerto Rico. So you want to start an organization that benefits a specific cause. Great! That’s why we’re here: to help you navigate this confusing sector simply saturated with content, ideas and innovation. But wait—should you really be starting a nonprofit? Or is something that benefits both the owners and the cause more up your alley?

Getting Attention Nonprofit Tagline Awards Winners Announced

Amy Sample Ward

Montana Historical Society. The Montana Historical Society takes its state’s most elemental and distinctive characteristics (Big Sky, Big Land) and deftly melds them with its mission in a way that generates excitement. Both large and small nonprofits earned top honors this week for their attention-getting taglines, demonstrating again that an organization of any size can craft a powerful, pithy motto to build awareness and connect with its key audiences.

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Meet Beaconfire’s new Online Campaigns and Marketing Director

Allegiance Group

Jon grew up at the foothills of the continental divide in Montana where he ski raced, kayaked and lived the life that is so often portrayed (poorly- thank you very much Brad Pitt) in Hollywood movies. We’re pleased to welcome Jon Thompson (not the basketball coach) as our new Director of Online Campaigns and Marketing. In addition to helping us expand our marketing service line, Jon is one of the senior members on our Feeding America team.

The Cost of Starting a Nonprofit in Every State

NonProfit Hub

Montana. The process of starting a nonprofit requires a fair amount of savvy and know-how. Building from the ground up, it’s often difficult knowing where to start. Questions arise like “What do I need” and “Why do I need it?” ” One of the biggest question marks comes up when it’s time to calculate the cost of your nonprofit.

Well, Fido, It’s You and Me

ASU Lodestar Center

The managers of two other shelters, one local and another from Montana, have already visited the Sojourner project and are interested in replicating the idea. posted by Maureen West Project Manager, Social Impact Measurement ASU Lodestar Center. We all know many of the reasons domestic violence victims don’t escape their abusers: fear, a sense of helplessness, and financial dependence among them.

The 2014 Rob Stuart Memorial Award: PEAK and PLUK

NTEN

PLUK Parent Center was formed in 1984 by parents of children with special needs in the state of Montana for the purpose of information, support, training, and assistance to aid their children at home, school, and as adults. The Rob Stuart Memorial Award honors the spirit of the man who was so pivotal in creating our community. Rob was a builder - of communities, of ideas, and of movements.

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NTEN Member Buzz Round-Up: October 8, 2010

NTEN

Montana Association of Nonprofits worked with NTEN this last week to present a webinar on Technology to Meet Your Mission to their nonprofit members. Flickr: Chad_Norman (Note: This is a weekly round-up of NTEN members doing and sharing their nptech awesome. Members are in bold. Tag your own news with "nten member" or "nptech" to help us find your awesome online, or contact Annaliese with your updates.) .

NetSquared Volunteers Help Nonprofits Like You Master Technology

Tech Soup Blog

Missoula, Montana: QuickBooks Made Easy. National Volunteer Week has come and gone, but I ask you to join me every week in celebrating the amazing contributions of TechSoup's NetSquared community. Our mighty army of volunteers hosted over 500 free nonprofit technology trainings last year, and we're on track to reach even more organizers this year. You like numbers? Well, the average NetSquared organizer spends 8.2

National Study Reveals: Digital and Social Media Are Delivering Results for Arts Organizations

Beth Kanter

For example, Alberta Bair Theater in Billings, Montana told us they have found ways to use digital tools to cultivate their neighborly spirit and are having success promoting events online. Note from Beth: I had pleasure of facilitating a panel discussion in October at the recent Grantmakers in the Arts pre-conference on technology and media with Rory MacPherson where I learned about some of the preliminary study result he discovered.

Strategies to Manage an Online Crisis

Care2

For example, when a consumer of the ice-cream brand Wilcoxson's asked, on Wilcoxson’s Facebook page, if the gelatin in their cookies and cream ice-cream contained pork, their CEO responded on Facebook with “we don’t deliver outside of Montana and certainly not in Pakistan.” Every organization makes mistakes. Of course some mishaps are bigger then others and can damage your reputation among important stakeholders like your activists, donors, and volunteers.

Member Round Up: Research galore, a handy handbook, and a sandcastles as therapy

NTEN

If you''re in the area, the Montana Nonprofit Association will be holding its annual conference in Missoula, October 2-4. Yes, Labor Day is now long past (or so it already feels), but the three-day weekend never slowed down the nptech community! They managed to pump out reports and research, organize webinars and conferences, and even play around with the definition of volunteering. Read up on your ever generous, thoughtful, and talented peers and have a great weekend!

Member Round Up: Research galore, a handy handbook, and sandcastles as therapy

NTEN

If you''re in the area, the Montana Nonprofit Association will be holding its annual conference in Missoula, October 2-4. Yes, Labor Day is now long past (or so it already feels), but the three-day weekend never slowed down the nptech community! They managed to pump out reports and research, organize webinars and conferences, and even play around with the definition of volunteering. Read up on your ever generous, thoughtful, and talented peers and have a great weekend!

Well, Fido, It’s You and Me

ASU Lodestar Center

The managers of two other shelters, one local and another from Montana, have already visited the Sojourner project and are interested in replicating the idea. posted by Maureen West Project Manager, Social Impact Measurement ASU Lodestar Center. We all know many of the reasons domestic violence victims don’t escape their abusers: fear, a sense of helplessness, and financial dependence among them.

Community Organizing and Social Justice Measurement in the Connected Age

Beth Kanter

Montana – where we organize low-income rural communities – 73% are online, of which 43% are on Facebook. Note from Beth: Shonali Burke, who we interviewed in “ Measuring the Networked Nonprofit , let me know about an exciting project she is working on with the Center for Community Change that is hosting the 8th Annual Change Champion Awards (in DC) today (Sept.

Good News! Starbucks Signed an Agreement with Ethiopia

Have Fun - Do Good

In January, Starbucks ’ stores in: Alaska, Washington, Oregon, northern California, northern Nevada, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho, Texas, Maine, New Hampshire, parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and Rhode Island were rBGH-free. Guess what? Your advocacy made a difference.

Making Oz Home

NTEN

He is in charge of the web presence of several different organizations in both Montana and surrounding states, as well as print, video, and various other odds and ends. By Terry Booth, Media Director, PLUK. It all started back in March of this year. I was fortunate enough to be invited to be a guest speaker at the 2011 Nonprofit Technology Conference. The truncated title of the session I spoke at was Observing Oz.

Community Funded Reporting: Interview with David Cohn of Spot.us

Have Fun - Do Good

If someone's listening and thinking, "I'll do air testing in Montana!" "You cannot run a community if you're not informed. Journalism is really the act of informing communities so that they can make better decisions, that is part of the public service, informing communities so that together we can know where else we need to help." --David Cohn, Founder, Spot.us When I first heard David Cohn talk about Spot.us

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Big Vision Podcast: Interview with llyse Hogue Rainforest Action Network

Have Fun - Do Good

The newest Big Vision podcast is up , and it is an interview with Ilyse Hogue, the Global Finance Campaign Director for the Rainforest Action Network and one of the founders of SmartMeme , a non-profit collective of long term organizers, strategists, trainers and communications professionals.