Volume 62 | No. 3 | Fall 2019
“When I attended Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch as a resident, I had reached a point in my life where I didn’t really have a lot of hope for the future. There was a teacher there who believed in me, and that teacher planted a seed that would grow.” Excerpt from Cody’s 2019 Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation Alumni Scholarship application
ody was removed from her biological mother’s care when she was four years old. Her mother suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and had become unable to care for her and her siblings. They were all placed in different foster homes, and the foster parents Cody was sent to live with became her first set of adoptive parents when she was seven. Cody’s new family, including two other adopted children, moved from their home in Pennsylvania to Alaska. Unfortunately, the change of scenery didn’t change the extreme physical and emotional abuse the children were subjected to, especially from their adoptive mother. “To the outside world, they seemed like awesome people, but they would beat us when no one was around. I would pretend I was asleep so she wouldn’t beat me,” Cody recalls of her time with those adoptive parents.
The abuse came to end in 2016 when Cody told an adult friend whom she trusted about her home life, and that friend called the authorities. Cody was removed from the home and her first set of adoptive parents relinquished their parental rights shortly thereafter. Continued on page 4
A Chat With The Foundation President A Message From YBGR’s CEO Dillon CBS Kids Horsing Around
Four Seasons of Recreation Thank You Volunteers! YBGR’s New Program Really Is for the Birds
Memorials Back to School 2019
A CHAT WITH FOUNDATION PRESIDENT BILL HRITSCO
Yellowstone Charitable Gift Annuities The Gift That Gives You Something In Return
It’s as easy as 1-2-3
You make a gift of cash, stock or other property to Yellowstone Foundation and receive immediate tax savings.
Yellowstone Foundation pays you a fixed income stream for life, much of which is tax-free.
charitable gift annuity is simple. It is our written contract to pay you an annual income (annuity) for life. Payout rates are based on age and may be for a single life or joint lives. When you make a gift of cash (or appreciated stock or other assets), the funds are set aside in a reserve account and professionally invested. In return, we pay you a regular and fixed payout for the rest of your life (as well as your spouse’s if you are giving as a couple). Not only do you get an immediate charitable deduction for state and federal tax purposes, but a portion of the payments you receive may also be tax-free! If you fund an annuity with stock or other appreciated property, you will solve your capital gains tax problem and put the full earning power of the asset to work. At your passing, the remaining value of the annuity fund will be used to support emotionally troubled boys and girls. Yellowstone’s Charitable Gift Annuities have been a popular win-win for donors and charities for decades. In fact, Yellowstone wrote the first annuity contract in Montana way back in 1972. Since then, Yellowstone Foundation has written hundreds of annuity contracts
When you are gone, any remaining balance gives help and hope to troubled boys and girls.
and paid out millions to our faithful donors. Your payments are guaranteed and are backed by the entirety of Yellowstone Foundation’s unrestricted assets.
Attention Montana Taxpayers: Yellowstone Charitable Gift Annuities can also qualify for the recentlyextended Montana Endowment Tax Credit which can save single taxpayers up to $10,000 on state income taxes, or up to $20,000 for joint filers.
Want to maximize your tax savings even further?
You can choose to defer the regular annuity payments and receive even larger deductions now and more tax-free income in the future. Yellowstone Foundation’s charitable planning team would be pleased to meet you and to work with your tax, financial and legal advisors to determine whether a charitable gift annuity, or other life income gift, is a good fit for you and your goals. We offer free, personalized illustrations so you can readily see how a well-planned, tax-wise charitable gift can help you, and hurting children too!
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Sample Rate (1 Life)
Sample Rate (Joint Lives)
This information is not intended as tax, legal or financial advice. Consult your advisor for information specific to your situation.
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A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER MIKE CHAVERS
YBGR’s Economic Impact T
hese pages often tell the stories of kids and families impacted by YBGR services. I love both hearing and telling these stories, as they often give a face to the heart and mission of YBGR. But these stories only paint a partial picture of what YBGR does and accomplishes through your investment and support. Recently, YBGR, through a generous grant from NorthWestern Energy, partnered with Circle Analytics to complete an Economic Impact Report, with the goal of completing this picture. Through this partnership, we did a “deep-dive” into the benefits of YBGR: what we not only do for kids and families, but also how much of a difference we make economically to our stakeholders (you). Circle Analytics brought a wealth of expertise and experience to the partnership. They have prepared hundreds of these reports for state agencies, cities, counties, economic development
districts, as well as private and nonprofit entities across the country. They are one of the best at forecasting economic and social impacts for nonprofits organizations like YBGR. Social impacts recognize the greater extended value of the program to society – dollars expended vs. dollars saved. In short, Circle Analytics found that for every dollar spent at YBGR, there is a return of $13.90 through long-term savings to society, jobs, capital investment and indirect business taxes. I don’t know about you, but I will take a return on investment like that any day. If you are interested, the full report can be found on our website, www.ybgr.org. Thank you all for your support.Your gifts and prayers truly make a difference!
Dillon CBS Kids Horsing Around Thanks to a generous gift from Mark & Sandi Sloan, kids in the Dillon Community Based Services program were able to participate in the Pivotal Movements Equine Program which helps kids to build confidence and skills through their work with horses. This equine interaction provides an opportunity for each youth to conquer fears, practice leadership, focus on safety, and experience connection.
Determination and an Unbending Spirit Continued from page 1
When Cody came to YBGR in the winter of 2016, she was suffering from depression, trauma, suicidal ideations, and was self-harming. She had been diagnosed with PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Reactive Attachment Disorder. She spent six months at YBGR’s Residential Treatment Program working on her emotional issues in a safe and structured environment. Her favorite thing about YBGR was Equine Therapy. Cody says, “I really enjoyed the horses the most and also the lodge and UC (recreational department) trips.” After Cody left YBGR she was reunited with her siblings and all three were adopted by an amazing new family. She praises her new mom for the love and guidance that nurtured the seed first planted by one of her teachers at YBGR. Today, when Cody isn’t nose deep in her college studies, she can be found volunteering in her community in Alaska. She is a member of various groups and organizations, such as Facing Foster Care in Alaska, several service dog organizations, and local youth groups. She has even started her own Labrador- Retriever service dog breeding program to help people with disabilities. Cody is one of the proud recipients of this year’s YBGRF Alumni Scholarships and is using her award towards her college tuition at the University of Alaska, Kenai Peninsula College. Cody has a strong desire to be a voice for children in need and is strongly considering a degree in Social Work or in the field of law.
One would have to search the country high and low to find a children’s residential treatment program that offers the kind of year-round recreational opportunities that are in full-swing at Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch! Montana has four beautiful seasons, and YBGR’s kids get to experience them all. YBGR’s recreation programs are both therapeutic and fun for the kids.
Sandcourt volleyball Hiking in the Beartooths
“I have been in the child protective system and have been adopted twice. That kind of history doesn’t usually have a good outcome, but I am learning to believe in myself, and that, I think is the first step to moving into a positive adult life as a college graduate.” Excerpt from Cody’s 2019 YBGRF Alumni Scholarship application
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Snowshoeing and snowmen
Pickup game of basketball in McFarlane Plaza
Sledding on campus hills
YBGR girls volleyball team Springtime fishing and hiking
Swimming in the UC pool
Thank You Volunteers! E
ven with a hard-working, dedicated maintenance and grounds crew at YBGR, the sprawling campus requires a great deal of upkeep, and sometimes staff just can’t get to everything.
First Interstate Bank
Enter these amazing volunteers who gave of their time this summer and fall to paint houses, clean and spruce up the grounds, move furniture into a newly renovated apartment, remove and trim trees, and clean and organize the arena kitchen and storage room. Many, many thanks to the volunteers from:
Davey Tree Service Faith Chapel First Interstate Bank Kohl’s
NorthWestern Energy RiverStone Health Stockman Bank US Bank
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. James 2:26
RiverStone Health and Stockman Bank
Northwestern Energy and Davey Tree Service
YBGR’S NEW PROGRAM REALLY IS FOR THE BIRDS
The Bird Project has really taken flight. Youth and staff have finished building the large fly pen for the mature pheasants and are designing a second large fly pen for construction next year. The aviculture program has hatched over 300 eggs in the incubator at YBGR and has sold and released hundreds of matured birds. Profits from the sales are invested back into the program. The best part is youth and staff have been able to showcase the pheasants and their hard work and devotion in caring for the birds through all of the media attention on KURL 8 and KTVQ 2 news stations, the Montana Ag Network, and the Billings Gazette. We are also proud to announce that our aviculture pheasant breeding program is the only certified program in the state of Montana by the National Poultry Improvement Program, according to the Department of Livestock. Davey Tree Service
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VIRGIL ALME Lorelie Alle Kurt & Sandra Alme George Baker & Kristine Dersch Cyndi Becker Warren & Joyce Brey Collette & Ivan Canevello Richard & Connie Clement Patrick & Earla Connors Darla Dillabough Lowell & Janet Dunlop John Eastman Edmiston & Colton Law Firm Darrell E. Ehrlick Nancy Flores Kristy Foss Birdine Grafsgaard Gary & Kathy Hickle Bill & Dale Hritsco Rusty, Terri & Kale Izatt Gerald & Nita Johnson Nobby & Betty Johnson Shirley Keith Mr. & Mrs. Neville Kempkes Anne Kotch Dianne & Goeffrey Law Alroy Lunning Stephanie & Brian MacDonald DiAnne E. Mantz Margie & Frank McPherson Edith Melhouse James & Margaret Melhouse Merrill Lynch/ Anderson, Hedge, Wagner & Assoc.
Betty C. Monkman Nancy Ann Moore Jon & Connie Nordmark Videll Nordmark David & Heather Ohs & Girls Gregory & Shelly Popp Jeff & Kelly Reeser Warner & Kathy Reeser Rod & Lesa Rindal Barry & Arlee Scott Chris & Brian Smith Jim & Linda Soft Donna Sweeney Steve & Irene Tanner DeAnn Visser RUTH AMDOR Bob & Janet Prongua JOHN V. ANDERSON Vicki M. Anderson RONALD BAKKE Connie Meyer WADE BESSETTE Jerry & Laura Kinsella K. WALLACE “WALLY” BRADLEY John & Karen Woldstad PAUL BRANNON Joseph G. & Sarah McKinley ALLAN BRILZ Jill & Terry Bentz Bob Blackford Karen Cook Raymond & Charlotte Corcoran Harold & Edie Frank Donald & Patty Herzog
Roger & Darla Huebner Marie & Jim Kelly Dennis & Erlene Kuntz Nardella & Associates, CPA’s P.C. Jeff & Sue Rahm Barbara Rexford Kenneth & Terri Steinmetz Yerger Law Firm, P.C. Frank & Dodie Zweifel ALVINA BROWN Mary Ellen Olmstead HELENE CATANIA Francis Catania PAT EASTMAN Gladys Henry Gary & Kathy Hickle Jani McCall DeAnn Visser BILL FARNHAM Donna L. Farnham NORMAN FUGLE Alice L. Humble VINCENT “JIM” GREEN Kenneth & Carol Oster GENE HAMILTON Jan & Dan Connors FRANCIS HAYES Joe & Betty Schultz RICHARD HENRY Sharon Tanous BILL HERBOLICH Bill & Pat Barringer JOY HETTINGER Bob Blackford
EDNA HOUGH Mr. & Mrs. Matthew Todd SUSAN DENTON INHAM Lee & Marnie Bastian Richard & Judy Inman Judith Johnston COREY JOHNSON Jerry & Laura Kinsella THOMAS JOHNSON Tyke & Patty Colbert DIANE KIMMET Mary Ellen Olmstead WILLIAM “BILL” KROPP Alice L. Humble JOHN & EILEEN KUKAY Warren Kukay TYLER LANGBY Mr. & Mrs. Al Servais LOVA LOOMIS Mr. & Mrs. Bill Barringer JOHN MANFRE Marilyn Gibbons
Memorial Listings June 16, 2019 – September 13, 2019 A special word of thanks to all donors listed here who support Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation through their memorial gifts.
JOYCE HIRSCHY MCDOWELL Brooke & Cal Erb Thomas & Kay Goodwin BILL MCPHILLIPS Alice L. Humble TIMOTHY NESTEGARD Joan & Dennis Young MARK NEWBY Jerry & Laura Kinsella DARRELL NORDHAGEN Connie Meyer BOB ORTH Craig & Judy Schulz
Nicky Stellflug & Memorial Donors
HELMUTH RENKEN Linda Renken
FRIEDA STRAUB Delbert & Alice Kay Schweigert
ELLA ROBERTSON LaVerne Land ELAINE ROSAAEN Gary & Holly Adams Cheryl & Jerry Whiteman
JEANETTE SWIHART Beverly Johnston ARNE UELAND Don & Rita Nelson Stan & Jueleen Schaffer
LONNIE SCHIPMAN Cheryl & Jerry Whiteman
KEN VAJEN Gwenevere Lee
DORIS PARKER Mary Ellen Olmstead IRENE PEASE Francis & Kathy Helmuth
JERRY SLEZAK Jim & Darleen Powers
JAMES MARCHESSEAULT R.E. Miller & Sons
GERTRUDE PEDERSEN Wilma D. Santoyo
EVERETT SMELTZER Deborah Jensen
JAN MARTINWOOD Jeanne Ferko
RALPH POMNICHOWSKI Louella Wall
PAM HOGART Carol Smith
GEORGE STROBEL Beverly Johnston
PAUL EDWARD SCHILLINGER Jerry & Carol Schillinger
BONNIE SEDLACEK “Toots” Henry Larry & Joan Sundheim
GLORIA WINONA MANTHA R.E. Miller & Sons Tom & Becky Miller
MAURICE WALSH Wilma D. Santoyo
AGNES M. REEVES Terry & Glennis Osborn
NORMA SPEALMAN Wilma D. Santoyo DUANE STELLFLUG Billings Livestock Commission
AGNES BRILZ WAGNER Stanley & Kathy Barr Terry & Jill Bentz Bob Blackford Steve & Rhonda Diefenderfer Dennis & Deborah Roberts DeAnn Visser Debra Walker Debra & Greg Wood ED WALDEMAR Tom & Becky Miller
ROBERT WENZEL Jim & Darleen Powers SAM WHITE DeAnn Visser JOYCE HINSON WILLIAMS Great Northern Drilling Co., Inc. BILL WOLFF Pauline & Michael White WINONA WYNIA Keith Duncan
IN HONOR OF: JERI & EMMA ANDERSON ClaraEllen Anderson SUE ELLYN ANDERSON ClaraEllen Anderson HANNAH FORSGREN Lizbeth Winford THE MONTANA PHYSICIANS The Doctors Agency of Montana
Memorial and Honor Gifts Form Amount: $
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IN MEMORY OF: Name City
IN HONOR OF: Name City
For: Send cards to: Please send me Memorial Forms: (
booklets of six) (
pads of 25)
Mail to: YBGR Foundation, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, MT 59108
Memorial gifts can be made online at yellowstonefoundation.org
he Fall Session at YBGR’s Yellowstone Academy is in full swing, and in a time when many school systems are cutting back on the fine arts, YA is expanding both its art and music programs in recognition of the importance of both to all students, particularly those with special needs. For the past several years, Mr. O’Leary has taught both art and music, splitting his time evenly between the two. This year, Mr. Small has joined the staff at YA as a fulltime art instructor which will allow Mr. O’Leary to teach music full-time.
“In my class, students can build their confidence by talking about their art, analyzing their work, and receiving constructive feedback in a healthy way. We focus on critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity which are all skills that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. I really enjoy our setting here at the Ranch. The structure of the school allows me one-on-one time with students in which I can impact their lives in a positive way.”
Wayne Small, YA Art Instructor “With the addition of a full-time art teacher, I am able to focus on teaching music full-time. Students from very diverse backgrounds may now have a musical experience that caters to the individual needs, and I am thrilled to now have both a dedicated choir class and dedicated orchestra class!
Ron O’Leary, YA Music Instructor
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Official publication of Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation P.O. Box 80807 | Billings, MT 59108 Editor: Kristi Farver Oaks | Managing Editor/Author: Anya Mohr Photography: Anya Mohr
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation’s legal address is 2050 Overland Avenue, P.O. Box 80807, Billings, Montana 59108. Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. Gifts are tax deductible.
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation's newsletter for the Fall of 2019.