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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community Foundations, Community Improvement & Capacity Building, Philanthropy

Mission: The Billings Community Foundation is an innovative community foundation promoting philanthropy and collaboration in the Greater Yellowstone Valley. Our Mission is to: "To enhance the capacity of donors and charitable organizations to meet the needs of the greater billings community."

Results: In 2017 - 2018: The Billings Community Foundation assisted 32 Charitably-minded individuals take advantage of the 40% MT Endowment Tax Credit to perpetually support their favorite local Non-Profits. Yellowstone Valley Gives 2018 INSPIRED 936 DONORS, INCLUDED 104 NONPROFITS! INVESTED $163,000 LOCALLY! Over $50,000 was granted to 20 Local Non-Profits to support critical programming and services through the annual grant cycle. More than $283,000 has been distributed to to local Non-Profits through Endowments payments, Donor Advised Funds, and Fiscal Sponsorships managed by the Billings Community Foundation.

Target demographics: Nonprofits and Charitably minded individuals respond to the ever changing needs of our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 32 Charitable individuals take advantage of the 40% MT Endowment Tax Credit, 104 Nonprofits through Yellowstone Valley Gives, 20 Local Grantees to support critical programming and services, Distributed more than $235,800 to local nonprofits through their Endowments, Donor Advised Funds, and Fiscal Sponsorships managed by the Billings Community Foundation.

Geographic areas served: The Greater Yellowstone Valley Region of Montana - serving primarily Yellowstone County and many highly rural communities of south-central and south eastern Montana located in Carbon, Stillwater, Treasure, Bighorn, Musselshell, Rosebud and Custer County.

Programs: The Billings Community Foundation is an innovative community foundation promoting philanthropy and charitable giving in the Greater Yellowstone Valley. As a ‘regional’ community foundation, our service area encompasses highly many rural communities of south-central and south-eastern Montana located in Carbon, Yellowstone, Stillwater, Treasure, Bighorn, Musselshell and Custer County. Our clients include community funds throughout this service area as well as various nonprofits and philanthropic minded individuals. Since its inception 10 years ago, the Billings Community Foundation has distributed over $170,000 in grants to more than 60 nonprofits in the Yellowstone Valley area region, and the number of grants funded into the community by new BCF assets continues to grow! In 2017, BCF awarded more than $42,000 to 27 different non-profits in our region to support their mission, programming, and services! In addition to grant making activities, the Billings Community Foundation partners with area nonprofits to provide workshops, help clients utilize the MT Charitable Income Tax Credit, establishes endowments, manages Donor Advised Funds, Community Funds, and much more while offering consultations upon request! Annually, the Billings Community foundation engages in the GIVE LOCAL initiative taking place simultaneously in communities across the country by hosting a 'giving day' in our community. Yellowstone Valley Gives is a powerful 24 hour “Crowdfunding” event that embraces new technologies to provide a quick, easy, and fun way for the public to support non-profits in our area. In 2018, our community came together to raise over $162,000 for area non-profits and provided the necessary funds to help them meet their mission and support programming in the Greater Yellowstone Valley! The Billings Community Foundation’s vision is to continue providing leadership and promoting opportunities for regional nonprofits, individuals and businesses to work together for the mutual benefit of the Yellowstone Valley. Learn more at: www.billingscommunityfoundation.org.

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Board Member

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I became a board member to the Billings Community Foundation 1.5 years ago. At that time, I barely knew what a community foundation was. Since that time, I have developed a profound respect for these foundations and what they provide to their community. The BCF serves Eastern Montana, a land of great beauty, few people, and significant poverty. Yellowstone County Montana has as many or more non-profits per capita than any city in the U.S. Through a grants program, we assist a number of local non-profits each year. We work to assist non-profits in fundraising and improved organization. We assist in wealth management and legacy giving.
Our members are involved in the pulse of the region with their time and expertise and money.