Nonprofit advocacy group closes after 22 years

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits is closing after 22 years of work with Montana’s nonprofit and philanthropic sectors due to setbacks in staffing and fundraising, the organization’s executive director said in a news release.

BSI closed at the end of 2022 and closing tasks are being done in an interim office by Executive Director Mike Schechtman.

BSI’s shortfalls in staffing and fundraising late last year prompted the board of directors to consider the group’s ability to fulfill its mission, Schechtman said. Board members decided to close BSI on Dec. 31 and dissolve the corporation.

BSI is settling its business affairs and transitioning several core programs and materials to other nonprofit organizations who will continue these programs to help the community and strengthen Helena-based nonprofits, Schechtman said.

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“Although there is sadness in closing BSI, this is also a time for sharing immense gratitude with all those who invested in BSI’s programs, and with the many colleagues and partners who collaborated with us to build and enrich our initiatives,” he said in the news release.

BSI was established in 1999 to do research, leadership development, education, philanthropy development and other

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