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Helena Celebrates Community Philanthropy 2019

This year Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI) will be holding Helena’s fourth annual sector-wide event to celebrate the importance of community philanthropy. Planned for Tuesday, November 5, 2019, in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day sponsored by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Helena Celebrates Community Philanthropy (HCCP) will recognize those who do the giving, and those who do the fundraising.  HCCP is Helena's largest philanthropic event of the year.

The Helena nonprofit community values all kinds of philanthropy in its many shapes and sizes, including the volunteering of time and talent for the work we do.  That said, many in this sector have developed a deep appreciation for philanthropic individuals and entities whose generosity broadly embraces the diversity of our local nonprofit community. Why is this important? Because it is the philanthropic cornerstone for inclusive community building.

HCCP activities will take place at Delta Hotels Helena Colonial (formerly the Radisson), beginning with a networking reception, followed by a dinner with formal celebration activities. The program will feature awards to recognize and celebrate philanthropic accomplishments, and honor great role models who exemplify the very best qualities of community philanthropists. We will highlight awardees in the individual donor, business and corporate, and foundation categories.

This year’s awardees include:

  • Individual – Beverly Gibson, nominated by The Myrna Loy.
  • Business/Corporate – First Interstate Bank, nominated by Rocky Mountain Development Council.
  • Foundation – The Wall Family Power Townsend Foundation, nominated by Helena Area Habitat for Humanity. 

This year's sponsors are:

Premier:

  • Helena Independent Record [in-kind]
  • Opportunity Bank Montana
  • Speyer Family Foundation

Diamond:

  • Allegra Marketing - Print - Mail [in-kind]
  • Delta Hotels Helena Colonial [in-kind]
  • Thrivent Financial

Platinum:

  • Sullivan Financial Group

Gold:

  • Kathy Coleman, Realtor
  • South Hills Dental
  • Trimac

The reception begins at 5:30pm with a cash bar, non-alcoholic beverages, and hors d’oeuvres; the dinner and program start at 6:30pm. Attendees will be served a plated dinner and dessert.

To register and purchase tickets, click here 

HCCP is the signature fundraising event for BSI’s Helena programs. Sponsorships, donations, ticket sales and a Call for Cash generate funds to help underwrite the professional training and development opportunities on fundraising skills BSI provides to Helena area nonprofits through its Helena Development Initiative (HDI). The various HDI program components and BSI’s other Helena programs benefit well over 100 Helena-based nonprofits annually.

We would like to extend a very big thank you to everyone who attends this year!