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Executive Director Transition

February 6, 2023 | 0 Comments

Billings Community Foundation Executive Director Steps Down; Search for New Executive
Director to Begin Immediately


Headshot for Lauren WrightThe Billings Community Foundation (BCF) Board of Directors has announced Executive Director Lauren Wright’s resignation. She and her family will be relocating to Charlotte, NC in the summer of 2023. “We greatly appreciate Lauren’s passion for philanthropy and dedication to the development, growth, and success of the Billings Community Foundation,” said Lisa Olmsted, BCF Board President.

Carolyn Sevier has been appointed interim executive director to ensure that all day-to-day business operations are attended to while the board conducts a search for the next executive director. “We have a number of valued clients, partners, and program participants whose needs are our top priority,” Olmsted commented. The job description and applicant instructions are now posted on the BCF website. Any inquiries about the transition and/or the job posting can be directed to Olmsted at lolmsted@dowl.com.

During Wright’s five-year tenure, the BCF has more than doubled in size, both in annual grant-making and assets under management. Most recently, Wright executed BCF’s strategic initiative to secure a permanent home, leading the capital campaign fundraising efforts for the purchase and remodel of the former George Henry building, which serves as the foundation’s Home of Philanthropy and a collaborative meeting space for the non-profit community.

“Lauren has left an incredible legacy,” Lori Byron, BCF Board Secretary said. “The organization’s financials are solid, the people committed, and the plans for the future are coming together well.”

“I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve as the Billings Community Foundation’s first Executive Director. It has been a time of remarkable growth and the organization is currently in a strong position to succeed and continue that to thrive” expressed Wright. “I want to give my deepest gratitude to all who have been so supportive of the Foundation and of me personally over the years: board members, staff, and, of course, our generous partners and funders; especially the non-profit community! It has been my honor to lead such an incredible organization and to have played a small part in making Billings a better place to live, work, play, and of course, serve!”

The Billings Community Foundation’s mission is to help individual donors and charitable organizations meet the needs of the Greater Yellowstone Valley Region.

For questions, or to learn more about the Billings Community Foundation’s services and programs, visit www.billingscommunityfoundation.org or contact Interim Executive Director Carolyn Sevier at director@billingscommunityfoundation.org.