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HOME OF PHILANTHROPY

404 N 30th Street, Billings, MT 59101

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The Billings Community Foundation’s Home of Philanthropy is the first in the state of Montana. It allows the Billings Community Foundation to scale proven initiatives in an innovative and collaborative space designed to meet the needs of the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors.

Objectives:

  1. The Home of Philanthropy is a permanent home to accommodate the growing programs and additional services of the Billings Community Foundation.
  2. To provide a location for collaboration that allows the non-profit community to share their resources and ideas more efficiently and effectively, thereby maximizing impact.
  3. To build meaningful relationships and strategic partnerships that focus on positive and lasting impact.

Outcomes:

  1. We will revitalize an historic landmark, enhancing vibrancy and economic investment in Downtown Billings through a centralized location.
  2. We will strengthen Billings, the Greater Yellowstone Valley Region, and Southeast Montana by cultivating an environment that promotes networking, partnerships, and community engagement through philanthropy.
  3. We will provide a dedicated space to inspire philanthropy, promote strategic community investment, and encourage economic growth through collaboration.
  4. We will increase capacity, community support, and asset development for the non-profit sector through additional grantmaking, programming, and opportunities.
  5. We will continuously strive to make the Greater Yellowstone Valley a better place to live, work, play, and serve!
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Donate to our permanent home now!

Current Amount Raised

Purchase Price of Building…………………………..$685,000

Remodel……………………………………………….……..$70,000

Includes ADA Compliance

Exterior Improvements…………………………………$20,000

Includes Signage & Landscaping

Programs, Insurance, Utilities……………………..$250,000

Includes 1-Year Operating Costs for Programs:

Yellowstone Valley Gives

Billings Non-profit Network

Donor & Non-profit Financial Services

Contingency………………………………………………….$75,000

TOTAL PROJECT COSTS……………………………$1,100,000

Naming Opportunities

Home of Philanthropy

Billings Community Foundation Offices

Mary John Spence Community Room
Virginia & Obert Undem Community Dining Room
Community Courtyard $50,000 - Available
Community Elevator $50,000 - Available
Community Welcoming Room $50,000 Available
Bernard Rose & Family Donor Lounge
41 Realty Group Non-profit Cafe
Board & Reception Space $50,000 - Available

For additional information, please contact:

Lauren Wright
Executive Director
406-839-5552
lwright@billingscommunityfoundation.org

Tancy and I have called Billings home since 1987, and during that time, we have established our lives here, raised our three boys here, and been blessed by so many of the wonderful opportunities this community has to offer – great schools, hospitals, colleges, theaters and arts – Billings is a great place to live and raise a family!

For the past ten years I have had the pleasure of serving as a member of the Billings Community Foundation (BCF) Board of directors, the last two years as Past President, and I am proud of what has been accomplished over the life of this organization. Last year, Tancy and I mad a $300,000 matching challenge to the community because we have seen firsthand how communities thrive when local organizations support community efforts and embrace collaboration. We are thrilled the challenge was successfully met and for the added services and programs that will be made possible with the purchase of the BCF “Home of Philanthropy”.

We are also pleased that the BCF Home of Philanthropy will include the “Mary John Spence Community Room” as a meeting space for nonprofit activity named after my Mother. Mary John Spence lived in Tyler, Texas, served on multiple community boards, and received the “Outstanding Philanthropist Award” from the East Texas Communities Foundation. In 2015, only months before she passed away at age 94, she sponsored the “Art of the Brick” Lego exhibit at The Tyler Museum of Art. She loved encouraging children’s interest in art and worked extensively to bring the opportunity to Tyler, TX after hearing of its success in Billings, MT.

Mary John Spence provided an amazing example of commitment to community through a lifetime of service that we hope will inspire others. The Billings Community Foundation exemplifies her dedication to the support of philanthropic activities in our region and has supported community goals through assisting charitable giving, grants-making, and other philanthropic services since 2007.

We are delighted to have the opportunity to assist BCF in establishing a permanent home from which to serve the philanthropic needs of our community and strongly encourage others to join us in supporting this exciting step towards future growth!