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2017 ENC Grant Award Announcement Ceremony

The Excellence in Nonprofit Communications (ENC) Grant Announcement Ceremony took place on June 19 at the Helena ReStore where BSI announced Helena Area Habitat for Humanity to be the 2017 awardee.

This competitive grant program provides over $15,000 in pro bono services and products from the ENC Business Partners:  Glenna Wortman-Obie of Articulink Services; John MacDonald of John MacDonald Consulting; Lee Huber of Cinch Design; Tobe Johnson of Johnson & Associates; Kyle Spencer of Allegra MarketingPrintMail; and Trevor Parrish of Signs Now Helena.  This collaborative partnership enables the nonprofit awardee to receive a comprehensive set of high-end, integrated communications services to transform how an organization tells its story to its diverse audiences.  

ENC Partners & Habitat Executive Director

According to Mike Schechtman, BSI’s Executive Director, “Habitat was awarded the ENC grant because of the importance of its mission; the need for major increases in the amount of affordable, quality housing in Helena; and the compelling nature of the Habitat approach. Habitat carefully screens and recruits clients who are ready to take on the role of home ownership, and will commit to providing ‘sweat equity’ to help in the construction of the home and/or volunteer time assisting in Habitat’s ReStore. The ENC Business Partners also noted that Habitat had reached a very important take-off point in its development, which presented excellent timing for making this award. Over the last two years, Habitat has undergone significant organizational development, staff expansion, and program diversification in order to serve more families than had been possible with the Helena chapter’s historical approach of one new home a year.”

“Helena is a wonderful place to live, but the scarcity of decent, affordable homes is a growing concern for the Helena community,” said Jacob Kuntz, Habitat’s Executive Director. “The ENC grant award comes at a pivotal time for Helena Habitat for Humanity as we work to grow our programs and services to Helena families. We are thrilled to work with Big Sky Institute and the ENC Partners on our vision of a Helena where every family has a decent, affordable place to call home.”

“The ENC Business Partners have provided this service to a half-dozen area non-profits since the ENC grant’s inception,” said John MacDonald of John MacDonald Consulting. “We are all very proud to be helping another worthwhile and deserving organization this year and looking forward to working with their team.” Past ENC grant awardees include: Helena Food Share, Holter Museum of Art, Family Promise of Greater Helena, West Mont, and AERO, the Alternative Energy Resources Organization.

The ENC Grant Award Program is one of a suite of six programs administered under the auspices of BSI’s Helena Development Initiative to help Helena-based nonprofits strengthen their fundraising skills and effectiveness.



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