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June 21, 2018


Local CASA Program Creates Endowment

LIVINGSTON, MT- CASA/GAL of Park and Sweet Grass Counties (Court Appointed Special Advocates) is proud to announce the establishment of an endowment, further securing the future of the program and our advocacy of abused and neglected children.

CASA recruits and trains community volunteers to be advocates for abused and neglected children while in the foster care system. These volunteers give children a voice and fight for a safe, permanent home.

Through the hard work and determination of Program Director, Ann Schilling, and many esteemed community members serving on the board over the last 16 years, the organization was able to transition assets into an endowment.

These assets originated from years of community philanthropy by individuals, businesses, and foundations. Since the organization was established in 2002, leadership was committed to an efficient and fiscally conservative office and strategically allocated resources appropriately.

“We have always wanted to build an organization that could be sustainable for future generations of kids in crisis. Unfortunately, there will always be a need for our line of work and therefore a CASA program must always remain in Park and Sweet Grass Counties. This is a huge stepping stone in that direction. I am so grateful to this community for being so generous throughout the years, allowing us to grow a rainy-day fund.” Schilling said.

The quasi-endowment will be managed by CASA Board of Directors, locally advised by Peck, Tompkins, and Hundhausen Financial Planning and Investments in Bozeman, MT and brokered by KMS Financial Services in Seattle, WA.

“We live in uncertain times, especially for nonprofits. We suffered during the recession along with everyone else and we hope this endowment will ease burdens to the program during economic downturns.” Marcus Lilley, Board President, said.

The endowment also serves as an opportunity for donors to contribute to the long-lasting legacy of the organization and securing safe, permanent homes for future children.

“The reality is, children in our communities are facing major abuse and neglect due to rampant substance abuse, unmanaged mental illness, and the generational cycle of trauma,” Schilling said. “We have an obligation to make sure these children will always have a voice.”

For more information or to contribute to the endowment, please call (406) 222-4904 or visit


Contact: Ashley Peterson, Development and Volunteer Director

(406) 222-4904

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Above: Jack Bandstra, Livingston, Montana

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