Religion, Spiritual Development

The Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana, Inc

Endowing the Future of Our Faith

aka Catholic Foundation of Eastern Montana



Promoting, Expanding and Strengthening The Roman Catholic Church in the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings

Ruling Year



Judy Held

Main Address

PO BOX 1345



Christian, Catholic, Philanthropy, Endowments, Ministry, Stewardship, Planned Giving, Estate Planning





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Roman Catholic (X22)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

We have underfunded ministries in our Catholic diocese due to it being a sparsely populated, vast diocese. There is a need to build permanent endowments for our various churches, schools, organizations and diocesan-wide ministries, in order to ensure a strong and stable future for the Catholic Church in our two-thirds of Montana.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Permanent Endowments to support Catholic churches, ministries, schools, and organizations

Where we workNew!

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We imagine a future where every parish in our diocese has a steady, reliable stream of income, year after year, to help fund vibrant ministries for their parishioners and communities.

We also imagine a future where our faithful, long-serving priests are cared for as they grow older; where we have plentiful seminarians and their educational costs are covered each year; where our youth have dynamic opportunities to grow in their Catholic Faith.

1. We need to hold ourselves to high standards of professionalism and inspire trust.
2. We need to educate, motivate and inspire through excellent marketing of mission, purpose and planned giving techniques.
3. This can be accomplished through presentations and visits to parishes and also through one-on-one visits.
4. Working with our board, we can utilize their expertise in many areas.

Our board members have expertise in areas of accounting, management, finance and non-profits through their careers and volunteer work. The President brings 25 years of experience and service in philanthropic and nonprofit development, including charitable planned giving. The part-time Special Projects Assistant has years of experience in fundraising, banking, and compliance. Both staff members are faithful, practicing Catholics who put God first in their work and are 100% committed to donors and fund beneficiaries. The Board of Directors are the same -- strong Catholics who care deeply about the future of the Catholic Church in our diocese. Our parishioners are eager to learn and help in accomplishing our goals, because they love God and take the mission of the Catholic faith seriously.

We tracking endowment growth and spending, along with the positive impact of endowment distributions on our communities and ministries. Endowment beneficiaries provide us feedback on a regular basis as to how endowment distributions are making a difference in their churches, schools, organizations, and ministries.

Education on planned gifts through presentations and talking with donors one-on-one has shown that donors are eager learn and provide funds supporting their faith while also reducing their tax burden.

We would like to increase our efforts at educating donors so they understand the many reasons to share the gifts God has blessed them with and ensure a strong and everlasting future for the Catholic Church.

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Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

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Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

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Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

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