Montana Professional, Brian Magee, Executive Director of the Montana Nonprofit Association, Recognized for Leadership in Charitable Nonprofit Sector.

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Good works are paying off for Brian Magee, executive director of the Montana Nonprofit Association . Brian is the 2006 recipient of the national Phyllis Campbell Newsome Leadership Award. The Award is presented by the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) to a leader in the state association network who has decided to dedicate their career to serving others, and views the nonprofit sector as a vehicle for that service.

The award was created in memory of Phyllis Campbell Newsome, director of advocacy and community relations for the Center for Nonprofit Advancement in Washington, DC. In addition to being a new leader in the nonprofit sector, the award recipient must demonstrate the enthusiasm and visionary zeal exhibited by Phyllis during her tenure working with DC nonprofits.

“We applaud the work of savvy, innovative, and ethical professionals in our network, a group that naturally includes new and upcoming leaders” said Audrey Alvarado, executive director of NCNA. “Many folks are already working to address the pending leadership deficit in the sector, asking ‘How do we fill in the gaps?’ One solution is looking at the existing pool of talent, and encouraging new leaders to help direct our future. Brian is definitely someone I would trust to help guide the sector into the future.”

As the winner of the 2006 Phyllis Campbell Newsome Award, Brian received a cash prize, as well as complimentary registration and travel expenses to the Nonprofit Congress National Meeting and the 2006 NCNA Member Meeting, which were held jointly in DC – October 14th through 17th. The Nonprofit Congress is an initiative to unite nonprofits and strengthen the charitable sector, a task Brian is ready to address.

“It’s refreshing to know that so many of my peers are coming together to be proactive and strategically plan the development of the U.S. nonprofit sector. I’m glad to be a part of [the Nonprofit Congress], and am honored to represent the perspective of Montana nonprofits in this discussion,” said Brian.

In addition to nearly three years leading the Montana Nonprofit Association, Brian (34) spent four years working with the Montana Commission on Community Service and two years as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) at the Corporation for Community Service in Spokane, WA. Brian has also worked at the Chicago Community Trust/Foundation and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania. He was recently recognized as one of Helena’s “20 Under 40” by the Helena Independent Record.

The Montana Nonprofit Association (MNA) is a membership organization that promotes a stronger nonprofit sector, a supportive public climate, and the ability of nonprofits to accomplish their missions. MNA achieves its mission through: advocacy and public policy on sector-wide issues; discount goods and services to save administrative costs; training, professional development, and technical assistance; research, education, and referral on issues of importance to nonprofits; communications and networking; and leadership and convening on issues of sector-wide importance.


Brad Robinson – 406-449-3717

Member Services Director

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