BSI LoginSite Map : MECAN Login
 
(406) 443-5860

Content on this page requires a newer version of Adobe Flash Player.

Get Adobe Flash player

 
What People Say About Us
"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."

Jamie Palagi, Former Chief, Early Childhood Services Bureau

Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services

Our Mission

The Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits (BSI) builds rural communities by strengthening nonprofits and expanding philanthropy.

 

Giving Tuesday Web Banner

 

Helena area nonprofits can participate in #Giving Tuesday and local #Giving Tuesday activities being organized through the Helena Development Roundtable. JOIN US!

 

Welcome to Big Sky Institute 

BSI is a 501(c)(3) research and development institute that serves Montana and other Philanthropic Divide states through a unique approach involving research, dissemination, education, leadership development and special projects. Nonprofit organizations and communities in these very rural states face uniquely difficult obstacles because of their low population densities, challenged economies, and limited philanthropic and nonprofit sector resources. To help overcome these barriers, BSI develops organizational support systems for both the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.

Through our programs and projects, BSI’s staff serves as a resource to foundations, augmenting their organizational capacities for various collaborative efforts involving those foundations that partner with us. We also carry out research and education activities for foundations that work with BSI to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the larger foundation community in Montana, and where there are common interests that could be enhanced by collaborative grantmaking. Through these collaborative efforts, we also serve as a grantmaker in various capacity building ventures.

Montana is BSI’s headquarters state; it is also our learning laboratory for carrying out BSI’s unique mission. We pilot capacity building and philanthropy development programs here because we know the landscape, history, culture and players here better than anywhere else. We then refine our programs and share our approaches for replication and adaptation in other rural states.

 
News and Updates

[10-22-2014] Space Available For Upcoming Sessions of Fundamentals for Fundraisers and Welcome to Helena Seminar Series  Read More...


[10-22-2014] Join Helena area nonprofits #Giving Tuesday ad buy!  Read More...


[08-19-2014] Fall Helena Development Roundtable Topics Announced  Read More...


 
We Thank Our Funders

The Pleiades Foundation