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"BSI’s Montana Nonprofit Connections Program is one of the most extraordinary examples of capacity building in the country, and serves as a national rural model for collaborative grantmaking."

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Helena Development Initiative Core Values

The Helena Development Initiative (HDI) is designed to benefit nonprofit organizations in the greater Helena area by enhancing communications, developing local infrastructure, building relationships, and collaborating to expand funding. HDI offers training, community education, and resource development to strengthen the fundraising and leadership skills and capacities of Helena-area nonprofit organizations and increase local philanthropic resources. 

The following values underscore our commitment to an ethical, motivational, and well-received Initiative. These values will be used  to prioritize program components from the many ideas that are generated and provide a road map to refine the various HDI elements. They also define the common ground of shared beliefs that can unify area nonprofits and help us overcome the challenges of difficult economic conditions and ever-present competitive pressures.

 

HDI values:

  • programs and training activities based on needs identified by Helena-area nonprofit organizations
  • program approaches that foster inclusion, relationship-building, and collaboration among participants and related nonprofit sector organizations 
  • promoting the nonprofit sector to the broader Helena community and strengthening the community's capacity to understand, assist, and support the diversity and breadth of local nonprofits
  • sharing resources, skills, and knowledge among area nonprofits not only to lower costs, increase efficiencies, and reduce duplication, but also, more importantly, to honor collaboration and mutual self-help as crucial adaptive strategies for these challenging economic times    
  • promoting individual and collective responsibility for building robust community philanthropic resources to sustain Helena-area nonprofits and nurture a community culture of giving
  • encouraging new, creative and innovative thinking by the Helena area nonprofit sector and our partners as building blocks  for achieving the Queen City of the Rockies prominence as Montana's center for nonprofit excellence.

As of May, 2014.