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A unique fundraising effort by two local groups Big Sky Commerce and Missoula Catholic Schools. Easy switch in credit card processing means more money for local schools

June 7, 2011View for printing

The down economy has not made it easy for non-profit organizations, schools and other civic groups to raise money for their cause. This reality is requiring organizations to get creative when it comes to fundraising. Enter: Missoula Catholic Schools and Big Sky Commerce both of Missoula.

Big Sky Commerce has partnered with Missoula Catholic Schools (Loyola and St. Joseph school) to creatively provide a means of fundraising for the Catholic schools.

"We at Big Sky Commerce are thrilled to support the fundraising efforts of such a well-established and successful school system as Missoula Catholic Schools (MCS. This partnership provides MCS alumni, parents, staff, the foundation board and members of the Missoula community to utilize a service they may already be using to generate revenue for the school system," says Big Sky Commerce owner Kevin Davis.

Here is how it works: An interested business, regardless of its location and business type, signs up with Big Sky Commerce for merchant processing services and asks for the 'Missoula Catholic Schools' program. Big Sky Commerce offers each participating business with nationally-competitive card processing fees, while supporting new or existing hardware to process all major credit cards and debit cards. Big Sky Commerce then donates a portion of the card processing fees to Missoula Catholic Schools on a monthly basis and in perpetuity.

"This is a great opportunity for Big Sky Commerce to support a key player in our community, while offering Missoula Catholic Schools a convenient fundraising revenue stream." says Kevin Davis. Businesses and organizations simply allow Big Sky Commerce to administer a service they're likely already using, while financially benefiting Missoula Catholic Schools at the same time.

Why Big Sky Commerce? Big Sky Commerce was a natural selection for Missoula Catholic Schools due to their local roots and commitment to serving the Missoula community. "Kevin and his staff have been a pure pleasure to work with and we look forward to this partnership," says Jeremy Beck, President of Missoula Catholic Schools.

Get involved with the effort. If you own a business or are involved in an organization that accepts credit cards, join the effort and help two local businesses succeed. Contact Big Sky Commerce for a no-obligation account review and determine for yourself if the program makes sense for your business.

Big Sky Commerce has additional merchant processing-related services that may benefit your business.

About Big Sky Commerce

Started in 2003, Big Sky Commerce is a Montana corporation and a registered Independent Sales Organization for Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover. Big Sky Commerce specializes in economical, secure, and reliable payment processing solutions for most business types. Roughly half of its merchant account clients are based in Montana, with the remaining located throughout the United States. Big Sky Commerce is active in our community and supports many non-profits including youth sports programs, the Humane Society of Western Montana, The Montana Food Bank Network, the Vital Ground Foundation, and the Missoula Catholic Schools. For more information on Big Sky Commerce visit , call 406-327-0611, or Find Us on Facebook.

About Missoula Catholic Schools

Catholic education has been around Missoula since 1873. St. Joseph Elementary and Loyola Sacred Heart High School strive to offer a Christian value centered education to those desiring it. St. Joseph and Loyola Sacred Heart affirm their commitment to providing comprehensive and challenging educational opportunities for their students, which shall enable them to realize their full human potential - spiritually, intellectually, creatively, physically and socially.

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