The Helena Development Roundtable (HDR) is a very successful informal Helena-area network of executive directors, development directors, fundraising staff and nonprofit board members that meets monthly. HDR provides important opportunities for collegial networking and relationship building. HDR participants pick fundraising topics such as monthly giving programs, on-line fundraising, donor management software, etc., and share knowledge and resources. Sometimes we vary the program approach, and have one or more presenters give a more in-depth presentation on a topic, but with time reserved for questions and discussion.

For staff who are new to Helena or new to their position, HDR provides ready access to a talented and supportive peer network. HDR is a component of Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits’ Helena Development Initiative that provides a replicable approach for community-based professional development in fundraising skills and knowledge.

Who Attends?

Over 160 professionals and volunteers from nonprofit organizations and consulting firms are invited to participate in each session, with typically 25-40 people attending.

How Do I Get Invited?

Contact Michael Schechtman, Big Sky Institute’s Executive Director at:

or call 406-443-5860.

When and Where are the Meetings Held?

HDR meets on the second Tuesday of each month, except for July and August, from noon to 1pm.
Each meeting, September, 2002 to June, 2023 will tentatively be conducted in-person at Disability Rights Montana and via Zoom.

***Next HDR: November 8th, 12pm: Convert Social Media Friends to Supporters***

Disseminate Materials

HDR participants are welcome to disseminate information about their organizations, programs, services, upcoming events (including fundraisers), job announcements, etc., by putting informational materials on the handouts table. Please Note: During Pandemic times, BSI has been sending announcements from other organizations via email. Contact Mike for more information.

HDR Sponsors

We thank Opportunity Bank of Montana for providing generous support as Premier Sponsor; Crowley Fleck PLLP and Helena Home Team, Diamond Sponsors; and Anderson ZurMuehlen, Jacoby Insurance Group, Montana Internet Corporation and the 1889 Coffee House, Platinum Sponsors.