Benefis Health System Foundation was created in 1998 upon the merger of the Montana Gift of Life Foundation and the Montana Deaconess Foundation.
Montana Deaconess Foundation’s major assets consisted of Charitable Remainder Trusts for the Emergency Room, by Carter & Judy Williams and Keith & Olive Ario, and Alzheimer’s Care, also by the Ario family, as well as a gift from the late William Barber Ellis of ranch property to benefit children’s healthcare. The Gift of Life Foundation raised funds to build and maintain the Gift of Life Housing Center for patients living outside Great Falls who needed treatment, primarily for cancer.
Benefis Foundation now operates many of the programs and services established by these foundations. Combining two organizations whose individual purposes were so similar has progressed far beyond initial expectations.
"Benefis Health System Foundation continues to be a great inspiration to me," said former Board Chair Dick Doughten. "The dedication and generosity of its Board members and staff is an ever present reminder of what can be accomplished when people are committed to their undertaking. This is given even greater motivation when coupled with the tremendous support and generosity of its donors."
"I am truly honored to be a part of this great organization," he added.
Benefis Foundation’s mission is “improving and enhancing healthcare services for people throughout Northcentral Montana.” Through continued support of services offered by its predecessors and creating and expanding other areas of support, the Benefis Foundation has been involved in an impressive list of accomplishments.
Although our history may be short in years, we are proud to have touched so many lives.
Your support will enable us to touch many more.