Dan Porter Motors in Dickinson helps create
BFMP's first qualified endowment fund
Dan Porter Motors is providing for mentoring in Southwest North Dakota by kick starting a Best Friends Mentoring Program endowment fund.
The endowment fund is a qualified endowment, meaning Best Friends can spend only interest from the funds. "With his year-end donation, Dan has helped create a great way for donors to give a significant contribution to the future of Best Friends Mentoring while also receiving a very nice tax benefit," said Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director. "We thank Dan Porter for leading the way in making a long-term difference for youth in our community.”
Lindvig, Gate City VP
joins board of directors
Amanda Lindvig, an assistant vice president with Gate City Bank in Dickinson, has joined the Best Friends Mentoring Program (BFMP) board of directors.
A Garrison, North Dakota native, Lindvig has been with Gate City Bank since 1999. She graduated with honors from Dickinson State University in 2002 with a degree in business administration. Since then, Lindvig has served the community in several roles, including with Relay for Life.
“My son has been a mentee with BFMP since the first grade, and I have seen the benefits he has received through his mentors over the years,” said Lindvig. “I feel it’s a great program and wanted to serve in a more elevated role.”
As a BFMP board member, Lindvig will help set policy and guide decisions for BFMP, which served more than 130 youth in Dickinson, Hebron, Glen Ullin and New England this past year.
Kris Fehr, executive director of BFMP, said Lindvig’s background in banking and finance is a good fit for the 23-year-old nonprofit. “Amanda has already been active in the community and will continue to connect with people who desire the best for our youth,” she said.
The BFMP board of directors also elected community members as officers for 2018. They include: President Greg Kontz, Vice President Carter Fong, Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Moberg and Directors Chase Breitbach and Caleb Burgard.
present at Mentor Summit
in Washington DC
MENTOR The National Mentoring Partnership selected Mark Billings and Emily Murphy as presenters at its 2018 national conference in Washington D.C. Jan. 24-26.
A professional conference attended by more than 1,000 mentoring practitioners and funders, as well as corporate and civic leaders from across the country, the Summit is the largest national gathering of mentoring advocates. The event was the first time in BFMP's 23-year history staff has presented on a national level.
"We are proud of each of our cdordinators and for their contributions locally and soon on a national level," said Kris Fehr, BFMP executive director. "Their selection as presenters confirms the good work we are doing in Dickinson and the surrounding area."
While organizers of the 2018 Summit said they received the highest volume of workshop proposals in the event's eight-year history, they picked Murphy and Billings for their proposals' overall quality, practicality, unique topic, and demonstrated expertise as presenters.
Billings, who joined BFMP in 2015, presented on "Advancing the Mentoring Movement in Rural America." Murphy joined BFMP in 2016 and shared insights on "Mentoring Youth in Foster Care in Rural Areas."
The quality of our future depends on the encouragement and support young people receive today. Therefore, the mission of the Western Wellness Foundation Inc. and the Best Friends Mentoring Program is making a positive difference in the lives of children and families, one at a time. Best Friends Mentoring Program matches adult role models with children who need positive adult guidance and friendship, and is one of the largest mentoring organization in North Dakota. We served more than 250 at-risk youth in 2012-13.
BFMP's school-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with students at area elementary schools for one-on-one meetings during the school day.
The organization's community-based mentoring matches adult volunteers with students ages 6 - 16 for one-on-one meetings outside of school and work hours