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Big Sky Institute offers the following annotated list of statewide, regional and national organizations as resources that address Philanthropic Divide and rural development issues. To suggest other organizations, please click here to let us know.

(Members of the Philanthropic Divide Leadership Network are identified by an *.)

Organizations in Philanthropic Divide States: Regional Organizations
National Organizations
Alaska Community Foundation.* ACF promotes personal philanthropy and provides financial management, strategic development and donor development services to communities, organizations and donors across Alaska.

The Foraker Group.* TFG strengthens Alaska's nonprofits, by promoting organizational sustainability, encouraging boards and staff to act strategically, providing high-quality, cost-effective education and training, increasing staff and board skills, assisting organizational collaborations, and promoting a philanthropic culture.

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Maine Association of Nonprofits.* MANP advances and strengthens Maine's nonprofit sector by offering its members professional skill development programs, affordable healthcare and benefits plans, discounts on related programs and services and advocacy resources.

Maine Community Foundation. MCF is a statewide foundation with assets of $200 million that makes grants to nonprofits throughout Maine.

Maine Philanthropy Center.* A statewide association of grantmakers working together to promote philanthropy and increase its impact in Maine, MPC builds connections through conferences, programs, workshops, corporate and family philanthropy roundtables, consultations, and direct referrals. It offers peer networking, information, collaboration opportunities, knowledge of philanthropy in Maine, and professional development for staff and trustees.

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Mississippi Center for Nonprofits.* MCN, the state’s only nonprofit management resource center, strengthens the capacity of Mississippi’s nonprofit sector through statewide networking and collaborations, among nonprofits. It is a primary source of management training, technical information, advice, answers, coaching and connection to vital resources.

Foundation for the Mid South.* A regional development foundation that brings people together, strengthens communities, and multiplies resources, FMS works with people with a wide range of resources, skills, and talents, to nurture families and children, improve schools, and build the economy for all people in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

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Association of  Fundraising Professionals - Montana Chapter. AFP is the professional association of individuals responsible for generating philanthropic support for a wide variety of nonprofit, charitable organizations. Founded in 1960, AFP (formerly the National Society of Fund Raising Executives) advances philanthropy through its nearly 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world.

Community Foundations of Montana Council. CFMC has a mission to connect, promote, and strengthen Montana’s over 70 community foundations so they are a force for prosperity and vitality throughout our state. The 14-member CFMC hosts annual convenings and will soon be implementing a statewide awareness campaign to spread the word about the function of community foundations and the value they contribute within each community they serve. Click here to email for more information.

Flathead Nonprofit Development Partnership. FNPDP provides educational programs, information resources, and networking opportunities to improve the effectiveness of nonprofit organizations in northwest Montana.

Governor’s Task Force on Endowments and Philanthropy. The Task Force (now dissolved), on which BSI served, provided new strategies to secure permanent charitable resources for communities and organizations, while expanding philanthropy for all Montanans. It was pivotal in the creation and re-enactment of the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit. The Montana Nonprofit Association has taken over the lobbying role for the Tax Credit and maintaining the Endow Montana website.

Hopa Mountain, Inc. Hopa Mountain offers Strengthening the Circle, a Native nonprofit leadership program that builds the capacities of experienced and emerging nonprofit organizations serving American Indian youth. BSI and Hopa Mountain staff both are on the Montana Indian Nonprofit Alliance's core committee.

Legacy Montana. Legacy Montana works with nonprofit and other philanthropic groups to promote interest in charitable giving through a will or from an estate.

Missoula Nonprofit Network. MNN’s mission is to enhance the quality of life in Missoula by strengthening organizations that make social change possible. MNN strives to promote a strong nonprofit sector in Missoula through our various resources that are available to all members.

Montana Community Foundation. MCF cultivates philanthropy to build Montana's future by offering donor services, endowment building opportunities and philanthropic advocacy. Through the power of permanently endowed funds, MCF helps donors achieve their philanthropic goals, enables nonprofit organizations to establish stable income sources and helps communities create local community foundations.

Montana Nonprofit Association.* MNA was BSI’s first incubation project. A 600 plus member organization, MNA promotes a stronger nonprofit sector, a supportive public climate, and the ability of nonprofits to accomplish their missions. Here is a full case study of BSI's role in incubating MNA.

Nonprofit Café. Every month on the fourth Friday morning, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation hosts an informal gathering for nonprofit leaders (including staff, volunteers and board members). The location changes each month and is often hosted by one the Foundation's partner nonprofits. On occasion, we arrange for training and other presentations at the Nonprofit Café.

University of Montana - Nonprofit Administration Online Program. This program is coordinated by UMOnline, School for Extended and Lifelong Learning, and the Office for Civic Engagement in partnership with the Montana Nonprofit Association. The Online Professional Certificate in Nonprofit Administration will offer students training in the field on nonprofit administration. Through a set of core courses and an internship, students will combine theoretical learning about nonprofit practices such as grantwriting, strategic planning, fundraising and human resource management with hands-on experience at a nonprofit organization.

Western Montana Fund Raisers Association. WMFRA's mission is to foster the development and growth of fund-raising executives and volunteers, and to advance the profession of fund raising and the institution of philanthropy in Western Montana.
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New Hampshire
New Hampshire Center for Nonprofits.* The Center strengthens and gives voice to the state’s nonprofit sector through leadership, collaboration, and learning opportunities.

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.* NHCF, a statewide community foundation with 1,400 charitable funds and $407 million in assets, makes grants, identifies current and emerging issues, stimulates resources to address those needs, and helps its region prepare for the future.

Endowment for Health.* EFH, a statewide, independent, private, nonprofit foundation, makes grants to achieve systemic change to improve the health of New Hampshire’s citizens, viewing “health” as the state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

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North Dakota
North Dakota Community Foundation.* NDCF effectively makes grants by giving the power of grantmaking to those closest to the issue, and promotes philanthropy to improve the quality of life for its state’s citizens.

North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations.* A statewide organization that strengthens, advances, protects, and advocates for a unified voice on behalf of the nonprofit sector, NDANO is dedicated to improving knowledge of the sector, helping nonprofits work more effectively, and forming strategic alliances.

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South Dakota
South Dakota Community Foundation.* SDCF promotes philanthropy, receives and administers charitable gifts and invests in a wide range of programs promoting the social and economic well being of the people of South Dakota.

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Vermont Community Foundation.* Building and managing charitable funds to improve Vermont’s quality of life, VCF awards grants and helps philanthropists and organizations gain knowledge of community needs, deepen their understanding of sstrategic philanthropy, nurture innovative practices and invest in promising models for lasting change, and increase Vermont's philanthropic capital.

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West Virginia
West Virginia Grantmakers Association.* A membership organization of the Mountain State's grantmaking institutions and donors, WVGA sponsors the West Virginia Community Foundations Consortium, a network of the state's 26 community foundations and county funds working to build legacies in every West Virginia hometown.

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Wyoming Community Foundation.* WCF serves as the permanent statewide philanthropic vehicle to gather, grow and grant charitable resources as an investment in Wyoming people and communities.

ServeWyoming.* ServeWyoming enhances community and the empowerment of citizens through the development and promotion of service opportunities.

Wyoming Nonprofit Network. WNN was formed to strengthen the leadership, skills, effectiveness and efficiency of Wyoming's nonprofit organizations; enabling them to further enrich the quality of community and personal life in Wyoming. It will promote a stronger nonprofit organization sector and a supportive public climate by providing member services, public awareness and advocacy.

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Regional Organizations
Carsey Institute. TCI at the University of New Hampshire conducts research and analysis into the challenges facing families and communities in New Hampshire, New England, and the nation. It sponsors independent, interdisciplinary research that documents trends and conditions in rural America, providing valuable information and analysis to policymakers, practitioners, the media and the general public.

Catalogue for Philanthropy. CFP was initiated successfully in Massachusetts as a way to educate high net worth donors about philanthropy and to showcase a sample of small, excellent nonprofits. BSI anticipates adapting it to Montana.

Philanthropy Northwest. An association of community, private and public foundations, corporations and individuals in a five-state region, which promotes effectiveness in the practice of philanthropy, offers technical assistance, information, consulting and networking to grantmaking institutions and philanthropists. View the Montana/Wyoming ebulletin.

Potlatch Fund. A grantmaking foundation and leadership development organization serving Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Western Montana, it works to inspire the Native tradition of giving in Northwest Indian Country to promote economic development, natural resource protection, education, cultural preservation, civic participation, and the overall health of Native people and their communities.

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National Organizations
Aspen Institute - Community Strategies Group. A diverse group of community foundations and philanthropic and development organizations committed to strengthening and maintaining rural communities.

Aspen Institute - Program of Philanthropy and Social Innovation. Grantmaking foundations, nonprofit organizations, social enterprises and public-private partnerships offer lasting solutions to societal challenges. They are at the heart of civil society. This program seeks to inform and maximize the impact of these social sector actors through leadership development initiatives, convenings, and communications so that each can contribute to the good society at home and abroad.

Association of Small Foundations. ASF is a membership organization of more than 3,000 foundations with few or no staff. It provides its members with peer learning opportunities, targeted resources and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.

Center for Rural Affairs. Established in 1973 by concerned rural Nebraskans, CRFA works to strengthen small businesses, family farms and ranches, and rural communities. It has evolved into one of the nation's leading rural organizations known for its pioneering work to rebuild rural America and its national work to reform federal policy.

Center for Rural Strategies. CRS seeks to improve economic and social conditions for communities in the countryside and worldwide through the creative and innovative use of media and communications. It presents an accurate and compelling portrait of rural lives and cultures to deepen public debate and to create a national environment that fosters positive change for rural communities.

Chronicle of Philanthropy. The newspaper for the nonprofit world, COP presents articles on current issues about philanthropy and also offers an extensive classified section.

Community Action Partnership. Established in 1971 as the National Association of Community Action Agencies, CAP is the national organization representing the interests of the 1,000 Community Action Agencies working to fight poverty at the local level.

Council on Foundations. COF, a nonprofit membership association of 2,100 plus grantmaking foundations and corporations with more than $282 billion in assets, serves as the voice of philanthropy, works to create an environment in which it can grow and thrive, and provides members with the products and services they need to do their best work.

First Nations Development Institute. Through a strategy of Educating Grassroots Practitioners, Advocating Systemic Change, and Capitalizing Indian Communities, e.g., Strengthening Native American Philanthropy Program, FNDI works to restore Native control and culturally-compatible stewardship of their assets - land, human potential, cultural heritage, or natural resources - and to establish new assets for ensuring the long-term vitality of Native communities.

Funding Exchange. FE is a network of 16 public foundations and a national office that grants nearly $15 million annually to grassroots organizations working for social, racial, economic and environmental justice around the country. It is committed to the eradication of all social injustices, and makes grants to support the systemic change work of both experienced and developing grassroots organizations.

Grantmakers for Effective Organizations. GEO, a coalition of grantmakers, is committed to building strong and effective nonprofit organizations. Understanding that grantmakers are successful only to the extent that their grantees achieve meaningful results, GEO promotes strategies and practices that contribute to grantee success. Believing that grantmakers can only succeed when the nonprofits they support achieve meaningful results, GEO provides philanthropy's change agents with the resources, ideas and connections they need to make the greatest contribution to the nonprofits they invest in.

Hispanics in Philanthropy. HIP's mission is to strengthen Latino communities by increasing resources for the Latino and Latin American civil sector by increasing Latino participation and leadership throughout the field of philanthropy and to foster policy change to enhance equity and inclusiveness.

Housing Assistance Council. HAC improves housing conditions for the rural poor, with an emphasis on the poor in the most rural places in the United States; offers services to public, nonprofit, and private organizations throughout the rural United States; and maintains a special focus on high-need groups and regions: Indian Country, the Mississippi Delta, farm workers, the Southwest border colonias, and Appalachia.

More for Mission Investing. More for Mission: The Campaign for Mission Investing (previously known as the 2% for Mission Investing Campaign) reaches out to targeted foundations — potential adopters of mission investing practices. It is an educational center and has a proactive leadership committee of foundations engaged in a wide range of mission investing. The goal of the Campaign Resource Center is to catalyze foundations into mission investing and offer access to research on the field, implementation tools and links to potential investment opportunities.

National Council of Nonprofits. A network of state and regional nonprofit associations with over 20,000 members, NCNA advances the vital role and capacity of the nonprofit sector in civil society, and supports and gives voice to state and regional associations of nonprofit organizations.

National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. NCRP promotes philanthropy for the public good, is responsive to people and communities with the least wealth and opportunity, and is held accountable to the highest standards of integrity and openness.

National Network of Fiscal Sponsorship. NNFS is dedicated to improving the practices, capabilities, and awareness of fiscal sponsorship in the nonprofit sector through education and advocacy. Fiscal sponsors are nonprofits that enable the movement of money from funders to project, ideas, organizations and activities. It works to ensure responsible use of the tool of fiscal sponsorship, to raise the understanding of fiscal sponsorship among the public and funders, to build best practices and to enhance the sector by building capacity to advance public benefit.

National Rural Assembly. NRA is a movement of people and organizations devoted to building a stronger, more vibrant rural America. Its goal is to make the country stronger by improving the outlook for rural communities. The guiding principle is that an inclusive, prospering and sustainable rural America improves prospects for us all.

National Rural Development Partnership. The NRDP acts as a non-partisan forum for identifying, discussing and acting on issues affecting rural America. It does not supplant, duplicate or compete with any program, but rather facilitates coordination and collaboration among its partners to improve implementation of rural programs.

National Rural Housing Coalition. Established in 1969 by concerned rural community activists, public officials and non-profit developers, NRHC fights for better housing and community facilities for low-income rural people. It promotes and defends the principle that rural people have the right, regardless of income, to a decent place to live or an affordable home, clean drinking water and basic community services.

National Rural Funders Collaborative. NCRP is a collaborative philanthropic initiative organized to expand resources for families and communities in regions of persistent poverty, especially areas where concentrations of poverty and communities of color overlap.

Native Americans in Philanthropy. NAP promotes, facilitates and celebrates philanthropic giving to Native communities from both Native and non-Native donors. NAP also provides professional development opportunities and support for Native Americans working in the field of philanthropy.

Neighborhood Funders Group. The NFG is a national network of foundations and philanthropic organizations that support community-based efforts to improve economic and social conditions in low-income communities. NFG provides information, learning opportunities, critical thinking and other professional development activities to its members.

New Ventures in Philanthropy. A program of the Giving Forum designed to grow philanthropic giving, NV provides communities with tools and resources to increase the money available for pressing community needs. It creates and shares knowledge to attract new donors and to promote and build new giving.

Nonprofit Finance Fund. NFF finances nonprofits, strengthens their financial health and improves their capacity to serve their communities. With NFF's help, nonprofits build and renovate facilities, fund growth, and expand and sustain operations over time. NFF serves both nonprofits and their funders, offering an integrated package of financial and advisory services, including facilities and working capital loans and lines of credit; asset-building programs; intensive workshops; Nonprofit Business Analyses, and other consultations to help nonprofit management understand the impact on their finances of management and program decisions. A newly launched entity, NFF Capital Partners, helps nonprofits attract equity-like growth capital, and a 2012 report focuses on Small Nonprofits:Solving Big Problems.

PRI Makers Network. The Network is an association of grantmakers that use program-related and other investments to accomplish their philanthropic goals. It provides a forum for networking, professional development, collaboration and outreach to funders, including those not currently making PRIs or other social investments. The Network helps make the process of understanding and implementing PRIs less complicated — and more common.

Rural Assistance Center. RAC was established in December 2002 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Rural Initiative as a rural health and human services "information portal." It helps rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Rural Community Assistance Partnership. RCAP operates as a national service delivery network of six regional partners and a national office in Washington, D.C. Every year, more than 200 RCAP specialists provide technical assistance, training and financial resources to more than 2,000 small rural communities in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Rural LISC. Rural LISC was established in 1995 to build the capacity of resident-led rural Community Development Corporations (CDC's), increase their production and impact, demonstrate the value of investing in and through rural CDCs and make the resource and policy environment more supportive of rural CDC's and their work.

Rural Policy Research Institute. Since 1990, RUPRI has provided unbiased analysis and information on the challenges, needs, and opportunities facing rural America. Its aim is to spur public dialogue and help policymakers understand the rural impacts of public policies and programs. A joint program of three universities and RUPRI is housed within the Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs.

Seventh Generation Fund for Indian Development. An Indigenous non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and maintaining the uniqueness of Native peoples throughout the America, SGFID offers an integrated program of advocacy, small grants, training and technical assistance, media experience and fiscal management, lending our support and extensive expertise to Indigenous grassroots communities.

The Nonprofit Centers Network. NCN is a community of Multi-tenant Nonprofit Centers and their philanthropic, government, academic and real estate partners. Through conferences, peer networking, mentoring and the internet, The Network provides education and resources for the creation and operation of quality nonprofit office and program space.

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