Washington Foundation

The Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation supports a broad spectrum of worthy organizations benefiting at-risk youth, economically and socially disadvantaged individuals and families, and those with special needs.

Montana Office of Public Instruction

The Office of Public Instruction is one of Montana’s five constitutionally recognized offices headed by a statewide elected official. Every four years, Montanans elect a Superintendent of Public Instruction to manage the OPI. The OPI serves as Montana’s state education agency. Montana is a ‘local control in education state’ so much of the decision-making in education happens in our state’s over 400 local school districts by a locally elected board of trustees. The OPI exists to serve students, parents, and local schools.

NorthWestern Energy

NorthWestern Corporation, d/b/a NorthWestern Energy, is an investor-owned utility and one of the largest providers of electricity and natural gas in the northern tier states. We serve approximately 701,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota, and Nebraska. Classified as a “mid-sized” utility by most industry standards, our service territory size is one of the largest in the country. The foundation of NorthWestern’s energy business dates back to 1923, with the start of the utility operations in a few communities in South Dakota and Nebraska. Our electric system serves 297 communities and surrounding rural areas covering two-thirds of Montana, eastern South Dakota, and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Our natural gas system serves 168 communities and surrounding rural areas in Montana, South Dakota, and central Nebraska. NorthWestern Energy has approximately 1,600 full-time employees. Our corporate headquarters is in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, with operational headquarters in Butte, Montana, and Huron, South Dakota. We are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol NWE.

Town Pump

The Town Pump Charitable Foundation was established in 1999 with the mission of providing financial support to Montana charitable or governmental organizations with a priority of supporting/meeting basic needs and education for Montana citizens.

Shodair Children’s Hospital

Shodair Children’s Hospital is a non-profit pediatric psychiatric and genetics facility serving the entire state of Montana.

Shodair is a 74 + bed facility and the only one in Montana for children offering both acute and residential care under one roof.  Shodair’s programming also includes two 6-bed group homes for children ages 6-11 and psychiatric outpatient services that includes a multidisciplinary team.

Shodair Children’s Hospital employs 340 people, including full-time, part-time and flex staff. The main campus is located in Helena services the entire state with 99 percent of patients being from Montana and three-quarters on Medicaid.

Shodair’s Genetics Department provides genetic evaluation and counseling to persons of all ages throughout Montana, as well as clinics in the major cities and telemedicine.

Shodair employees a multidisciplinary team including board certified Child & Adolescent Psychiatrists, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners, Psychologists, Primary Therapists, Music Therapist, Dietitians, Certified Recreation Therapists, Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Spiritual Counselor, a facility dog and an accredited year-round school staffed with certified special education teachers.

Pioneer Technical Services, Inc.

Pioneer Technical Services, Inc. is an employee-owned full-service engineering and environmental services firm. Our corporate office is located in Butte, Montana, with branch offices throughout the northwest.

Pioneer was founded as an environmental science and engineering firm and to this day that work remains our focus. The scope and breadth of our projects dictated that we expand our skills. Today, we are also a premier civil engineering, construction management, land surveying, and materials testing firm dedicated to providing innovative solutions that enable our clients to build and maintain a competitive advantage.

We provide our customers with start-to-finish support so they can confidently address their engineering needs. Our corporate strategy is to complete each project as quickly and efficiently as possible without compromising quality. This strategy results in a large percentage of return business, allowing employees to maintain productivity and minimize marketing-related overhead expenses.

As technology advances and our world changes, we stand ready to solve problems, meet deadlines, and deliver superior performance to all our clients.

PayneWest Insurance / Montana Schools Property and Liability Insurance Plan

PayneWest Insurance is a full-service insurance carrier focusing on all personal and business insurance products. Focused on our clients, colleagues and communities, PayneWest also manages the Montana Schools Property and Liability Insurance Plan, (MSPLIP). MSPLIP is the largest and longest standing property and liability insurer of Montana schools, commencing operations in 1995. MSPLIP is a leader in the scholastic public entity space and provides insurance and risk management assistance to public school districts throughout Montana.

T.E.S.T., INC.

T.E.S.T., Inc. is a Montana based company serving Montana schools! With 20 years of experience, T.E.S.T. consults closely with Montana schools to research and provide only the best innovative technology. T.E.S.T. is proud to represent companies that are pioneers in their fields and lead education with innovative advancements. SMART, founder of interactive boards, continues to lead the industry with their new SMART Displays with IQ and collaborative SMART Learning Suite software. Audio Enhancement, audio systems in the classroom founder, implemented the SAFE (Security Alert for Education) System into their teacher microphones and also provides a reliable school-wide Intercom, Paging, and Bells Solution that helps organize students, strengthens situational outcomes and can even help save lives. Avigilon Security Solutions offers the best high definition video security cameras that include cutting edge analytics helping prevent incidents instead of just reviewing them after the fact. Their surveillance cameras also integrate with their advanced Access Control system, offering solutions that provide the security our students deserve to have. Our KIDS are the reason T.E.S.T. has evolved into much more than a training company and drives our passion to find effective solutions to keep them safe! T.E.S.T is proud to have a FIRST-CLASS TEAM of experts to serve Montana Schools. Thank you for your business over the last 20 years and here’s to many more years!!

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund

Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund (the “Everytown Support Fund”) is the education, research and litigation arm of Everytown for Gun Safety, the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with nearly six million supporters. The Everytown Support Fund seeks to improve our understanding of the causes of gun violence and help to reduce it by conducting groundbreaking original research, developing evidence-based policies, communicating this knowledge to the American public, and advancing gun safety and gun violence prevention in communities and the courts. Learn more at www.everytownsupportfund.org.

SMA Architects

Architecture, Planning, Interior Design

Since 1981, SMA Architecture + Design has provided architectural services to educational, civic, county, institutional, private and commercial clients throughout the intermountain west. Led by Jason M. Davis, Tim Meldrum, Klint Fisher and Charley Franklin, SMA is committed to providing the best possible project, all while ensuring the process is enjoyable. Over the years, SMA has expanded our capabilities and staff, and now have offices in both Helena and Bozeman. We believe we are in the business of not only designing great buildings, but more importantly, building relationships with our clients.

Our educational portfolio includes all scales of projects from K-12 public education, higher education to early learning centers. Ranging from new construction to renovations and additions, our goal is to first realize the vision of our clients. Moreover, we’re committed to planning educational facilities that function far into the future, and are focused on flexibility that accomodates changing pedagogy, technology needs, and enrollment.

By creatively designing functional facilities for the students, teachers, communities and staff, we strive to find a balance between future needs and a feasible budget. Our long-term needs assessment often includes cost- estimating, utilization studies, enrollment projections, programming, and bond campaign support. This process yields a high return for public projects that lead to successful schools for many years to come.

Additionally, SMA is aware of how rapidly 21st century education evolves. To stay at the forefront of educational design philosophies, we are active in professional organizations and reguarly attend conferences surrounding current topics such as safety and security, school design, technology needs and more.

Our firm is rich in experience and has a staff that is balanced from all aspects of architectural and interior design, and construction. We pride ourselves on client satisfaction and work hard to achieve the vision and goals set forth by you: our client.

SMA is an active member of the Association for Learning Environments (A4LE).

Montana State Fund

Montana State Fund is the state’s largest workers’ compensation insurance company, protecting approximately 25,000 businesses, organizations and their workers. In addition to providing injured workers the care they need to return to work, Montana State Fund is committed to making a positive impact on Montana’s workplace safety culture. We believe workers deserve a safe and healthy workplace so they can safely return home to their families at the end of each day in the same condition as when they arrived. It is our vision to be an indispensable partner in achieving a safer, healthier and more prosperous Montana.

STOPit Solutions

STOPit empowers schools, colleges, and universities with comprehensive safety technologies to help create safe, connected, and healthy learning and working cultures by meeting individuals where they’re at – their phones. Today, we serve more than 4 million students and employees across 7,000 campuses and organizations globally. Please visit our booth to learn how we can help you create safer campus communities!

Montana Safe Schools Center (MSSC)

University of Montana, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education

The UM Safe Schools Center was endorsed by the Superintendent of Montana’s Office Public Instruction in 2005, and approved by the Montana University System Board of Regents in 2006. However, our organization has been working on numerous school safety grants and initiatives since 1999. Our current director is Dr. Daniel Lee, an associate professor in the Department of Educational Leadership.
Director: Dr. Daniel Lee
Program Director: Nancy Berg
School Safety Specialist: Jeff McDonald
Mission Statement: The Montana Safe Schools Center (MSSC) mission is to provide outreach regarding school safety; all-hazards management; suicide; bullying; emergency and crisis prevention, mitigation, response, and recovery; and internet safety in early childhood programs, P/K-12 and institutes of higher education. Providing training, research and professional development services to schools and communities across Montana and the U.S.
– School Emergency Operations Planning
– Cybersecurity
– Victim Assistance
– Professional Development
– Threat Assessment


Gaggle is the pioneer in helping K-12 districts manage student safety on school-provided technology. Our mission is to help ensure the safety and well-being of all students, supporting school districts in proactively identifying those who are struggling. We have helped hundreds of districts avoid tragedies and save lives.

Jeremy Bullock Memorial Trust

The combined Jeremy Bullock Memorial Trust and Charities Through Jeremy were established in memory of Jeremy Bullock in 1994 following his tragic death at Margaret Leary Elementary School in Butte, Montana. Jeremy was the unintended victim of a school shooting on April 12, 1994. The trust and foundation were established initially to construct and maintain a sports complex adjacent to the Margaret Leary school, as well as to provide funding for local organizations in support of student safety – both in memory of Jeremy and to aid students of Montana.

Charities Through Jeremey

The combined Jeremy Bullock Memorial Trust and Charities Through Jeremy were established in memory of Jeremy Bullock in 1994 following his tragic death at Margaret Leary Elementary School in Butte, Montana. Jeremy was the unintended victim of a school shooting on April 12, 1994. The trust and foundation were established initially to construct and maintain a sports complex adjacent to the Margaret Leary school, as well as to provide funding for local organizations in support of student safety – both in memory of Jeremy and to aid students of Montana.

Hainline Family Trust

Jack and Penny Copps