The Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership and Flathead Valley Community College are celebrating a decade-long partnership of helping nonprofit groups in Northwest Montana. Ten years ago, Kathy Hughes of the Flathead Valley Community College collaborated with community leader Lex Blood in an effort to provide management education to area nonprofits. Multiple brainstorms and conversations with community leaders took place at the time and soon after NpDP was born. A decade later, it’s one of the largest such nonprofit development programs in the state.
There are nearly 450 nonprofit organizations in Flathead County, according to the group. More than 10 percent of all employees in the county work for nonprofit operations and 12.5 percent of all wages paid in the area are from nonprofits.
The NpDP provides educational programs, informational resources and networking opportunities for nonprofit leaders, including people like Timothy Sievers of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
“I think everyone should take advantage of what the program has to offer,” he said. “Unless we work together, we can’t move the needle forward on the causes that are important to us.”