Jul 2, 2015

FVCC Offers Fundraising Series for Nonprofits

Flathead Valley Community College presents Fund Development: Fundraising for the Nonprofit Professional, an eight-part series on building fundraising skills, this month on the college’s Kalispell campus.


Designed for Flathead County nonprofits in response to survey results, participants will learn from a variety of Montana fund development professionals. Participants will gain knowledge, skills, tips and techniques to develop a comprehensive fund development program to implement at their organizations.


In the first session, Ruth Ackroyd, former college relations and development director at FVCC, will present a workshop on why donors give. Following will be a workshop on how to transition your organization to the right fundraising and revenue by Shareen Springer, executive director of the Center for Restorative Youth Justice; how to involve your board, program staff and volunteers in fundraising initiatives by fundraising consultant Jane Ratzlaff; how to find organizational friends and donors through special events and ambassador programs presented by panel from Intermountain; how to cultivate ongoing donors by Tagen Vine, Kalispell Regional Healthcare Foundation president; how to create long-term sustainability in capital campaigns by Karin Olsen, vice president of philanthropy at Carroll College; and fundraising ethics and law by Laura Hoehn, attorney at Trister, Ross, Schadler and Gold in Bozeman. Wrapping up the series will be Colleen Unterreiner, FVCC Foundation director, who will present how to develop and evaluate an effective fundraising plan.


Workshops will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon, beginning July 7. Funded in part by a grant from the Applied Materials Foundation, the series is offered at a reduced rate of $125 per person.


Nonprofit professionals and board members are welcome to attend. Registration can be completed online at For more information, contact the FVCC Continuing Education Center at 406-756-3832 or