The Jacob Wheeler Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization.  

  • June 2014 - Organized as 501(c)3
  • September 2014 - Contributed to Butte Gun Lock Campaign
  • May 2015 - Provided $2,500 in scholarships to Butte youth graduating from high school
  • September 2015 - Ride to Hope and Remember - September 10, 2015
  • January 1st, 2016 - Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Original Mine in Butte
  • May 2016 - Provided $4,500 in scholarships to Butte youth graduating from high school
  • September 2016 - Ride to Hope and Remember - September 10, 2016
  • January 2017 - Lantern Lighting Ceremony at the Original Mine
  • January 2017 - Sponsor Survivor of Suicide Loss Grief Support Group that meets monthly in Butte
  • March 2017 - Sponsored the TASC (Teens Advocating a Safe Community) St. Patrick's Day youth activities in Butte
  • May 2017 - Provided $3,000 in scholarships for Butte youth graduating from high school
  • November 18, 2017 - AFSP Survivors Day Event in Helena at the Capital Rotunda.  Bill and Lisa spoke on a Q & A Panel for survivors.
  • January 1, 2018 - Renewing Hope in the New Year event.  Lantern Lighting and Prayer Service at the Original in Butte, Montana.
  • March 2018 - Sponsored the TASC (Teens Advocating a Safe Community) St. Patrick's Day youth activities in Butte.
  • March 23, 2018 - MHA Health Summit - Bill and Lisa on a panel for Suicide Loss Experience
  • April 28, 2018 - Out of the Darkness East Helena Walk. Bill presented the loss survivor's perspective.
  • May 2018 - Provided $5,000 in scholarships to Butte graduating seniors.
  • January 1, 2019 - Renewing Hope Lantern Lighting at The Original in Butte.

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Jacob Wheeler Foundation

P.O. Box 3883

Butte, Montana 59702-3883


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About Jacob wheeler

Jacob was born February, 20, 1998 in Butte, Montana to Bill and Lisa Wheeler.  Jacob had many interests.  He was an excellent student and an accomplished swimmer and soccer player.  As a freshman on the Butte High Bulldogs swim team, Jacob received All-State honors in the 100 backstroke and two relay events.  He was a letter winner on Butte High's 2013 State qualifying soccer team.  He was named Academic All-State for both sports in the 2013-2014 school year.  Jacob enjoyed fishing and hunting with his dad and grandpa, as well as camping and family vacations, video games, knitting, and playing cards.  Jacob was always there to help with the chores around the house.  Jacob began working for the family business, El Taco, in July of 2013 and received his drivers license the following November.  Jacob's best friend was his older sister, Abigail.  To those who knew him, Jacob was considerate and kind, affectionate and funny, soft-spoken yet of high moral character.  His willingness to put the needs of others first will be remembered always.  And of course, we'll always remember the enormous "Jacob Hugs" he shared. Jacob died on January 1, 2014, a victim of suicide.

IMpact on survivors

Studies show that for every completed suicide, there are 6 direct survivors.  Each year, there are more than 220 suicides in Montana.  This translates to more than 1,300 survivors every year. Survivors are also at risk as they are three times more likely to complete suicide themselves.

IN Butte-silver bow

  • Between 2012 and 2016, Butte Silver had 109 suicide deaths for a rate of 31.1 per 100,000.  It was one of eight counties with a rate over 30, 7th highest in Montana
  • Community Action Team (CAT) established in 2014
  1. ​​​​Over the past three suicide attempts are down from 17.4% to 12.6%
  2. 1,200 students annually trained in Signs of Suicide program

in montana

  • For 30 years Montana has ranked in the top five for suicide rates in the nation for all age groups
  • Between 2012 and 2016 the highest suicide rate is among American Indians 
  • Youth suicides between 2012 and 2016 (ages 11-17) is triple the national average for the same age group
  • Suicide is the #1 cause of preventable death for children ages 10-14
  • Firearms represent 62% of suicide deaths

Founded in memory of Jacob Wheeler

Jacob Wheeler Foundation