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News and Updates

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


[05-16-2017] Helena Area Habitat for Humanity awarded 2017 Excellence in Nonprofit Communications Grant  Read More...


[04-07-2017] New Fundraising Events Calendar - an exciting planning tool for Helena-area nonprofits!  Read More...


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


 
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""The Guide to Supporting Montana's Local and County Community Foundations" is simply incredible! Congratulations on this terrific piece of literature; it showcases what can be done to grow philanthropy across the nation's rural areas."

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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.