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Where people come together to build one strong community.

“For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
1 Corinthians 3:11

To engage, equip, and empower leaders and their organizations to effectively execute their mission to improve our city for the glory of God.


Engage leaders of good will to tackle our city’s greatest and most pressing challenges affecting the poor and vulnerable.


Build the capacity of others to serve our community.


Develop joint initiatives to transform the people of Billings.

The Billings Leadership Foundation supports these organizations:

Montana Rescue Mission

Friendship House

Bargain Center

Building Hope in Our Community

Support Our Cause

Billings Leadership Foundation benefits the community by fostering new levels of collaboration, reducing service duplication, addressing our community’s greatest needs, and offering back-office support for nonprofits.

A Collaborative Approach

National Leadership Foundations

Billings Leadership Foundation was established as a unique path towards a more systemic collaboration in management and support between nonprofit entities in Billings. We are a part of the worldwide network of Leadership Foundations doing collaborative work in cities to address needs with systems and wholistic approaches.

serving people and changing lives

Nonprofit Support

Meals Served in 2023

Nights of Safe Shelter Provided in 2023

Homeless Persons housed in 2023


Management can make or break a nonprofit.  With proper training and oversight, nonprofits thrive and grow. Our executive team and board leadership offer trainings and provide guidance for nonprofit organizations to help you succeed. We help you strategically plan your impact to get the most out of every asset you have.


Donors are the lifeblood of every nonprofit. They’re the people we have a relationship with and they are the reason we exist. The driving force of every nonprofit is finances and human capital that come from our donors. Our goal is to connect you better with your donors so that together you can best invest donor time and money with a greater purpose.


Nonprofits don’t fail because of lack of passion or mission, they fail because of lack of board leadership, executive leadership, and programmatic leadership. Leadership development results in higher revenue, improved communication, and lower turnover rate. We provide training necessary to help a nonprofit launch, grow and reach its goals.

Billings Leadership Foundaiton

Supporting Our Community

By pooling resources like office administrative support, our member organizations have reduced administrative overhead and can thereby direct more resources to directly serving people and changing lives. The men, women, and children that each nonprofit serves receive greater services both in quality and quantity.

Human Resources

Personnel Management, Recruitment and Hiring, Evaluation, Dismissal, Records Management, Supervisory Coaching, and Employment Law Compliance.

Financial Services

Full-Service Bookkeeping, Payroll, AP/AR, Budgeting, and Forecasting.

Fundraising & Grant Writing

Grant Writing to Private and Public Grantors, Fundraising Strategy, and Copywriting and Design.

Nonprofit Incubator

For Newly Formed Nonprofit Programs to Begin Operating And Serving, Billings Leadership Foundation may act as the Fiscal Agent.

Volunteer Management

Recruiting and Managing Volunteers, Linking volunteers with service opportunities, Volunteer Background Checks, and Volunteer Orientation.

Executive Training

Mentoring, coaching, and strategizing with Executives in areas of leadership, management, operations, and fundraising.

Now hiring

Careers that Change Lives

Our partner organizations have job openings. See available positions at Friendship House of Christian Service and Montana Rescue Mission below.

Get Involved

Interested in volunteering with us?


Executive Director

Matt Lundgren

Matt has over 25 years of experience in leadership roles. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Billings Leadership Foundation, Friendship House of Christian Service, and Montana Rescue Mission. His achievements include starting, operating, and growing multiple businesses.

Matt has increased the annual income at each organization and has launched four new social enterprises on the solid foundation of BLF. Additionally, Matt has spearheaded a capital campaign project for the Montana Rescue Mission to build a New $20 Million Campus.

His goal is to unite nonprofit organizations in Billings to work on improving our community and help them achieve their goals while supporting each other.

Leadership Team

Penny Mraz

Finance Director

Beatriz Villanueva

Development Director

Ana Johnson

Human Resource

Max French

Project Manager

Board Members

Tim Mascarena

Rusty Davies

Kristin Rapacz

Summer Gappa

Eric Peterson

Jackie Claunch

Lisa Jensen

Michael Gordon

Milford Burke

Russ Fagg

Stephen Lane Gammell Jr.

Tom McGillvray

Patti Duckworth