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What People Say About Us
"BSI’s Montana Nonprofit Connections Program gave Montana Shares the resources and tools to create a professional image and message, to match the high quality of work of Shares and our members."

Joy McGrath, Former Executive Director

Montana Shares
BSI Testimonials

We thank the following individuals for recognizing BSI’s decade of accomplishments, and sharing their perspectives on the role that BSI plays in developing organizational support systems for both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Montana and other rural states.

Jean Agather, Foundation Manager - Oro y Plata Foundation
"BSI’s experience in understanding and advancing the nonprofit sector in Montana is invaluable to the foundation community's need to work collaboratively to address complex societal issues."
Steve Gunderson, Former President & CEO - Council on Foundations
""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."
Joy McGrath, Former Executive Director - Montana Shares
"BSI’s Montana Nonprofit Connections Program gave Montana Shares the resources and tools to create a professional image and message, to match the high quality of work of Shares and our members."
Peggy M. Owens, CFRE - Sage Solutions Nonprofit Consulting, LLC
"Because of BSI’s dedication and commitment to the sector and the process they designed and implemented, Montana now has this wonderful resource: the Montana Nonprofit Association."
Jamie Palagi, Former Chief, Early Childhood Services Bureau - Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services
"Our partnership with BSI has been a wonderful opportunity to strengthen public private partnerships on behalf of the early care and education industry in our state."
Gerald Sherman, Chair - Indian Nonprofit Alliance
"With INA being an all volunteer board with limited time, the help that BSI provided was just what we needed. You were a joy to work with, always respectful, accessible, and sensitive to our needs, and ways of doing things."
Andi Rankin, Former President - Lewis and Clark County Community Foundation
"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."
Kelly Rosenleaf, Executive Director - Child Care Resources, Inc.
"The Organizational Assessment Award we received from BSI helped reveal impressive strengths and significant vulnerabilities, providing just the push our Board needed."
Gayle Hokanson, Former President - Bozeman Area Community Foundation
"BSI helped us assess our strengths and weaknesses as a board, and develop a plan to expand the Foundation’s role as a full service community foundation in Bozeman… a real turning point for our organization."
Janine Lee, Co-Founder Grantmakers for Effective Organizations - President & CEO, Southeastern Council of Foundations
"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."
George H. Gault, Former President - Wyoming Community Foundation
"BSI’s  work on the Philanthropic Divide was a unique and extraordinary effort to advocate on behalf of nonprofits in several states, and continues to be seminal work."
Mark Kelley, Montana Trustee - The Lora L. and Martin N. Kelley Family Foundation
"In our philanthropically limited region, BSI is uniquely focused on developing collaborative approaches to build rural communities, regional, and statewide nonprofit efforts."
Benjamin R. Shute, Jr. Program Director, Democratic Practice - Corporate Secretary Emeritus, Rockefeller Brothers Fund
"BSI, in identifying and publicizing “The Philanthropic Divide,” the large and growing gap in foundation assets between those states with the most assets and those with the least, has made an important contribution to the practice of philanthropy in the United States."
Ginger Roll, Former Administrator - Rosebud County Health Department
"The integrity, business sense, authenticity, and oversight of BSI brought a major project to bring quality services in early childhood development to Rosebud County through its first year, and into a burgeoning second one, with a bright future ahead."

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