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What People Say About Us
"BSI helped incubate our organization, build our capacity, and move us to independence. Throughout, they demonstrated a belief in our ability to succeed, a knack for knowing when to initiate ideas with the board, and a willingness to “fill in the blanks” when we most needed it."

Andi Rankin, Former President

Lewis and Clark County Community Foundation
The BSI Approach

The following perspectives guide BSI’S work in strengthening nonprofits and expanding philanthropy in Montana and other Philanthropic Divide states:

  • Acting through well-researched understandings. BSI develops its program strategies based upon well-researched understandings regarding underlying needs, existing assets and leadership addressing those needs, and potential opportunities for meaningful outcomes;
  • Creating replicable strategies. BSI carries out, documents and evaluates its programs and strategies in order to maximize the potential for replication of our approaches;
  • Enhancing organizational capacities. To the greatest extent possible, BSI's programs enhance the organizational capacities of those entities that participate with us;
  • Nurturing leadership in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Our approach to leadership development combines co-learning and working together in ways that deepen the knowledge, skills and understandings of both BSI and the leaders with whom we work;
  • Creating asset-based, collaborative solutions. Like community barnraisings, BSI works through collaborations among diverse stakeholders to bring a critical mass of talents, perspectives and resources to accomplish our programs and projects; and
  • Developing permanent philanthropic resources. Increasing available funds in general, and developing permanently endowed philanthropic resources in particular, are central to BSI's goal of increasing the sustainability of the organizations, infrastructure and communities we assist.