Award winners

The Treacy Foundation, Blackfoot River Brewing Company, and Peter Sullivan of the Sullivan Financial Group (retired) were named as this year's Helena Community Philanthropists Tuesday. 

Erica Yakawich, Independent Record

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits recognized this year's Helena Community Philanthropist awardees during the Helena Celebrates Community Philanthropy event Tuesday at the Radisson Colonial Hotel in Helena. 

In the individual donors category, the organization celebrated the philanthropic accomplishments of Peter Sullivan of the Sullivan Financial Group (retired), who not only has supported a diverse mix of Helena nonprofits, but also has contributed leadership to key fundraising drives in the community. Peter was nominated by the Helena Symphony.

In the foundations category, the organization honored the generosity of the Helena-based Treacy Foundation, one of the very first family foundations established in Montana, and currently in its third generation of family leadership by Executive Director Kimmy Skiftun. The Treacy Foundation was nominated by Grandstreet Theatre.

In the business and corporate category, the organization recognized Blackfoot River Brewing Company, a leader in Montana’s rapidly expanding craft brewing industry. Blackfoot Brewing was nominated by Montana Shares.

Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Nonprofits is a Helena-based 501(c)(3) research and development institute focused on organizational support systems for the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Founded in 2001, BSI’s mission is to build Montana's communities by strengthening nonprofits and expanding philanthropy. The Institute’s Helena Development Initiative has been providing professional development training and assistance for the Helena area nonprofit community since 2013.


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