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.
"Through the generosity of thousands of people, we have been able to fund a multitude of projects that have delivered some of the most advanced technologies and the highest-quality care to Great Falls and the surrounding region,” said Board Chair Chris Reiquam.
“The Benefis Foundation is an efficient operation with every dollar donated going directly to improve healthcare,” he added. “It is an honor and privilege to be part of this organization.”
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 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.