Montana network – Purchasing power

Efforts to create a statewide association for Montana nonprofits are picking up steam, the Associated Press reported Aug. 28.

The Otto Bremer Foundation in St. Paul, Minn., has given $45,000 – one-third of which must be matched — to the Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits to help create the new association.

Montana has roughly 2,500 charitable nonprofits, said Michael Schechtman, executive director of the institute, which was formed in January and is coordinating development of the statewide association.

Thirty-eight statewide associations already serve 36 states, according to the National Council of Nonprofit Associations.

“A statewide nonprofit association will help organizations work together to meet the needs of our state’s nonprofit sector,” Peggy Owens, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County and a member of the Montana Nonprofit Association Steering Committee, told AP.

“Our combined purchasing power,” she said, “will enable the association to provide priority goods and services – like employee health insurance – at better prices.”

For full story, go to The Billings Gazette.

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