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News and Updates

[06-19-2017] 2017 ENC Grant Award Announcement Ceremony  Read More...


[05-17-2017] Helena Celebrates Community Philanthropy Reception & Dinner taking place Tuesday November 7th  Read More...


[11-28-2016] Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence [MPNE] ~ BSI and MPNE hold stakeholders' reunion  Read More...


[11-17-2016] Nicholsons and Broadbents honored at HCCP event  Read More...


 
What People Say About Us
"BSI’s  work on the Philanthropic Divide was a unique and extraordinary effort to advocate on behalf of nonprofits in several states, and continues to be seminal work."

George H. Gault, Former President

Wyoming Community Foundation
Visionary Donors Wanted!

BSI seeks support from donors who appreciate the importance of our nationally-recognized, ground breaking solutions for building nonprofit philanthropy and support systems for Montana and other Philanthropic Divide states.

Individual donors provide BSI with essential "start up" funds to develop and launch new initiatives. These resources — often the most difficult money to raise — enable us to conduct the research, design and constituency development that is necessary to getting a project up and running. Once the momentum, defined leadership and some modest accomplishments are achieved, BSI can go to other funding sources to help take the project to the next level.

Founders Circle – Gifts of $5,000 or higher
Legacy Circle – Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
Benefactors Circle – Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
Sustainers – Gifts of $500 to $999
Community Circle – Gifts of $100 to $499
Supporters – Gifts of less than $100

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits Endowment Fund

In May of 2013, a permanent, unrestricted endowment fund was established by a Helena-area donor to support BSI’s mission to build rural communities by strengthening nonprofits and expanding philanthropy.  

The endowment will:

  • Encourage gifts of all sizes by supporters who care about BSI’s mission;
  • Be a vehicle for memorial,  honorarium and legacy gifts;
  • Enhance BSI’s sustainability by increasing revenue diversification; and
  • Ensure that BSI can receive eligible contributions from donors wanting to take advantage of the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit.

The effort to create, grow and manage the endowment is guided by BSI’s Endowment Development Advisory Committee.

Supporters of BSI can contribute to the endowment through:

  • Outright gifts of cash or securities; 
  • Bequests in a last will and testament or bequest-like instruments such as a retirement plan and life insurance; or
  • Irrevocable planned gifts.

For more information about how you can help build BSI’s endowment, contact Mike Schechtman, Executive Director, at (406) 443-5860.


The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) research and development organization. Donations to BSI are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

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