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Every Donation Counts - You can change the life of a senior today!

Befrienders, founded in 1993, has brought many generations together in a mutually-rewarding relationship by honoring the human spirit and providing life-enriching volunteer opportunities. The program is free and open to seniors age 65 and older and volunteers age 18 and older.

Befrienders is the only organization in the Gallatin Valley that offers these critical companionship services free of charge. Our annual cost to vet, train, match, and support our matches is approximately $500/per match. Our research indicates that it would cost about $3,000/per year to provide similar companionship through a for-profit agency. Your financial support helps us provide our program and services that improve the lives of seniors in our community.

Your financial generosity helps us:

  • Recruit new Befrienders volunteers
  • Cover the costs of background checks, reference calls, interviews, training and matches by trained professionals.
  • Enable ongoing supervision and support for every Befrienders match and awaiting seniors. 
  • Provide social activities, opportunities and resources to enrich all Befriender participants.

Your gifts, both large and small, will help us to achieve our mission of helping the isolated and lonely seniors that reside in Gallatin County by matching them with a Befriender.

Thank you in advance for your generous support that allows us to make a difference in the lives of our seniors and their families, as well as our volunteers each year.

Befrienders will not share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone or any other organization.

Other Ways to Donate

Donate By Check
In addition to making a donation online, Befrienders is grateful for gifts made by personal check. Please mail or drop-off your check at our office. The address is Befrienders, 807 North Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715.

Foundation & Corporate Giving
Befrienders is honored for the support of foundations and corporations through their philanthropic generosity.

IRA Charitable Rollover
Individuals age 70½ can donate up to $100,000 directly from their Individual Retirement Account (IRA), without treating the distribution as taxable income.

Stocks & Securities
Befrienders also welcomes generous gifts in the form of stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.


  • Are you unique to the Gallatin Valley or are you part of a group of organizations?

    We are unique and independent nonprofit organization, having been founded in 1993 by a grassroot group of individuals led by Pete Merrill to fill a need in our community. There are other for-profit and nonprofit organizations throughout the United States that have][ similar programs but no others in the Gallatin Valley.

  • Is this donation tax deductible?

    Yes, Befrienders is a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, EIN 81-0503946. Your donation is tax-deductible within the guidelines of U.S. law.

  • Do I get a receipt?

    A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide at checkout. Please be sure to keep a copy of your receipt for tax purposes.

  • How do I claim my donation to Befrienders as a deduction on my taxes?

    To claim a donation as a deduction on your U.S. taxes, please keep your donation receipt as your official record. We'll email it to you upon successful completion of your donation.

  • Why support Befrienders through monthly giving vs. a one-time donation?

    By giving monthly, you are investing on a consistent basis to a cause that makes sense for you and has a meaningful impact on the lives of our seniors in the Gallatin Valley.

Please direct any other questions to Kristin VanDeWalle, Executive Director at 406-522-8169 or

Befrienders is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, EIN 81-0503946, located at 807 North Tracy, Bozeman, MT 59715.