From the Billings Gazette
Guest Opinion: Passionate people prioritize
By CINDY BUTLER
Philanthropy is a necessary component of our
Donors and their dollars make a difference every
Nonprofit organizations cannot survive without
Government and private grants often do not provide
enough funding and are unpredictable.
As president of a local nonprofit organization, I
know firsthand the struggles that many nonprofits
face. The boards of directors of these organizations
must accept and ensure the financial stability of
the organization. Obtaining donations is an ongoing
necessity for any nonprofit group.
During this season of philanthropic gifts, many
local nonprofits need your help. Here are some ideas
to help find an organization that reflects your
personal interests, beliefs and passion. Among many
"Ps" of philanthropy, my favorites are: passion,
prioritize, promote, partnership, publicize,
Start by identifying and
examining your passions.
Prioritize the passions.
Focus your resources and
Promote your passion and
cause by soliciting others with common goals.
Seek backing from local and
Partner with others who have
Plan and then publicize via
Persist through the highs and lows.
Montana Tax Credit
There are many ways an individual can donate to a
nonprofit organization. We are lucky to have the
Montana Tax Credit law that allows an individual to
donate cash or securities to a registered nonprofit
organization and receive a direct tax credit. This
law has increased philanthropic giving in our state.
The law providing for the tax credit will sunset
soon. The state Legislature must visit this issue
during its next session. Some provisions in the law
need to be changed to allow for smaller nonprofits
to benefit from the tax credit.
Contact your newly elected state senators or
representatives and urge them to become familiar
with these issues. The Montana Nonprofit Association
is working with individual nonprofit organizations
to lobby for the continuation of the Montana tax
The MNA "is a membership organization that promotes
a stronger nonprofit sector, a supportive public
climate, and the ability of nonprofits to accomplish
their missions. Representing the richness and
diversity of Montana's nonprofits, MNA's more than
300 nonprofit members address a broad array of
missions, come from all four corners of the state,
and range in size from the largest organizations to
the smallest unstaffed nonprofits."
For more information see: www.mtnonprofit.org.
I urge readers to donate to the nonprofit of their
choice by the end of the calendar year. Consult with
your tax professional for information about the
Montana Tax Credit. If you cannot give money, then
donate your time in helping the nonprofit of your
"Philanthropy is commendable," Martin Luther King
Jr. said. "But it must not cause the philanthropist
to overlook the circumstances of economic injustice
that make philanthropy necessary."
Cindy Butler of Billings is president of Rimrock
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