• Name:Doug Giebel
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:BIG SANDY CULTURAL FUND
  • Address:533 Third Avenue
    Big Sandy, MT 59520
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:406-378-2430

Organization Web

  • Web:none

User Email


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  • Mission:
  • To provide broad based educational/cultural programs for an underserved rural population of youth and adults. To create a multi-purpose cultural center utilizing "green" technology,. To assist/ augment other area institutions/programs. To augment educational opportunities, encourage innovation and creativity, inspire others, improve the area economy.

  • Overview:
  • PRIMARY PROJECT: To save our town's most historic building through transformation into a truly-multi-purpose "cultural center" with materials/programs/equipment that will give area students informationtraining/exposure to that which is much more available in suburban/urban areas. Our region includes several small town schools, a Native American Indian reservation. To offer all ages opportunities to experience creativity through exhibition and work space. To create a year-round producing greenhouse for growing local/fresh produce in an area where climate changes are severe and the growing season too short.) Served: schools, hospital with extended care facility, center for disabled adults, senior center, businesses, needy individuals, etc.
    When completed the Cultural Center will include library/research materials; archives; exhibits; educational programming; exhibition and work space for creative endeavors; a small film theater (our movie theater closed in the 1950s); dance/performance space; greenhouse; aquarium; cafe that will also train for culinary arts. Since there's nothing like this in the area, the Center will attract visitors and boost the local economy.
    We believe our effort will serve to educate and inspire -- and serve as a "model" to be emulated by other rural communities.

    We don't know in what ways the Lawrence Foundation can assist us. Because your decision date is a few months away, we hope to have begun serious renovation well before that time. As you note the various "ingredients" of our project, we hope you can find something in this ambitious mix on which to concentrate your support. IMMEDIATELY we need to raise $6000 so we can get into the building, fix/connect electricity and get started with clean up and restoration. It is vital that some part of the Center be opened by MID-JUNE of this year -- when Big Sandy holds its five-year "reunion" that attracts hundreds of visitors -- a time when we need to attract interest in the effort.

  • History:
  • We have just begun our work. To date a tech company has donated two new computer systems. A large (and necessary) van has been offered as a donation, but we need funding to make repair, buy license and insurance -- BEFORE we accept the van donation.

  • Year established:2015
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:0


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:47-2533855

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:472533855
  • Organization Name:BIG SANDY CULTURAL FUND
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% DOUG GIEBEL
  • Organization Address:533 3RD AVE
  • Organization City:BIG SANDY
  • Organization State:MT
  • Organization Zip:59520-8405
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:November, 2014
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general publicĀ 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:A61
  • Asset Amount:$0
  • Asset Code:
  • Income Amount:$0
  • Income Code:
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 5:37:23 pm

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