Compared with the rest of the nation, philanthropy in the Mountain States is still developing; however, recents years have seen an uptick in funding as new foundations have emerged and established ones increase their giving. This regional guide encompasses Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and Montana.
While established and professionalized grantmakers in the region are often easily approached, smaller foundations tend to be more difficult for nonprofits to access. All the funder profiles below are updated regularly and we add new ones often.
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The Anschutz Foundation supports health and wellness, human services, youth development and education, quality of life and development, and values and relationships in Colorado.
The Anschutz Family Foundation supports Human services, community development, self-sufficiency efforts in Colorado.
The Aspen Community Foundation supports early education, youth, college and career, children and families, human services, and the environment and natural resources in the Aspen region of Colorado.
The Bohemian Foundation supports youth, economic stability, communities, music, access to education, poverty, public health and democracy in Colorado and beyond.
The Boettcher Foundation funds work related to education and biomedical research in Colorado.
The Bonfils-Stanton Foundation makes grants for the arts and creative leadership in Denver, Colorado.
The Buell Foundation invests in work that addresses early childhood education and development, and teen pregnancy prevention in Colorado.
The Colorado Health Foundation supports physical and mental health, community health, and health equity throughout Colorado.
The Colorado Trust supports health equity, health policy and advocacy, health data and information, and community partnerships in Colorado.
The Community Foundation Boulder County supports health and human services, education, civic engagement, arts and culture, and animals and the environment in Boulder County, Colorado.
The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado supports community, human services, health, education, youth, environment, recreation, and more in northern and eastern Colorado.
The Adolph Coors Foundation supports youth, adult work programs, entrepreneurship, integrative medicine and public policy in Colorado.
The Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation supports oral health throughout the state of Colorado.
The Denver Foundation supports basic human needs, economic opportunity, education, leadership, and equity in the Metro Denver area of Colorado.
The El Pomar Foundation supports arts and culture programs, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services in Colorado.
The Gates Family Foundation supports education, the environment, and communities in Colorado.
The Gill Foundation supports LGBTQ issues, equal rights, safe schools, family recognition, and STEM education, financial literacy, and public broadcasting in Colorado.
The Virginia W. Hill Foundation supports education and health in Colorado.
The A.V. Hunter Trust supports local causes that benefit vulnerable populations in Colorado, such as the indigent, disabled, youth, and seniors.
The Monfort Family Foundation supports education, arts, humanities, scientific research for diseases, and aid for the disadvantaged in Colorado.
The Rocky Mountain Health Foundation supports basic needs, access to care, mental health, oral health, and dental health in 22 counties of Western Colorado.
The Rose Community Foundation supports aging, child and family development, education, health, and Jewish life in the Greater Denver area of Colorado.
The Southern Colorado Community Foundation supports human services, children and youth, historic preservation, education, scholarships, and community needs in 18 counties of Southeastern Colorado.
The Summit Foundation supports human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, health, education, and other community needs in Summit County, Colorado.
The Telluride Foundation supports early childhood development, education, environment and animals, athletics, arts and culture, health, and human services in the Telluride region of Colorado.
The TYL Foundation supports Christian agencies, churches, human services, and education in Colorado.
The Western Colorado Community Foundation supports health, housing, human services, substance abuse, environment, community development, education, culture, animals, and religion in seven counties in Western Colorado.
The 100 Strong Gallatin Valley giving circle supports projects that benefit local women and girls in the Bozeman area of Montana.
The Charles M. Bair Family Trust supports education, hospitals, arts and culture, civic service organizations, and human services in Montana.
BCF supports the Greater Yellowstone region of Montana regarding education, basic human needs, arts and culture, natural resources and conservation, economic development, endowment marketing support, animal welfare, and brick-and-mortar projects. Grant applications are accepted annually.
BACF supports issues areas like environment, education, health, basic needs, housing, and arts and culture in the Bozeman, Montana area.
This funder supports environmental conservation efforts in Montana and within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem. Special project and general operating support grants are awarded annually.
This family foundation primarily supports Bozeman and other communities in Montana in the areas of jobs, education, entrepreneurship, Christian outreach and discipleship, needy families, and arts and culture.
The Gilhousen Family Foundation supports education, healthcare, community, culture, and spiritual development in and around Bozeman, Montana.
This community funder supports the Polson, Montana, area with annual grants. Interests include youth, arts and culture, parks and recreation, health and fitness, human services, and education.
The Headwaters Foundation supports distressed communities, children in foster care, early nutrition, and community collaborations in western Montana.
This funder supports the following issues in Helena, Montana, and the surrounding areas: arts and culture, basic community needs, economic development, education, health services, historic preservation, land and environmental conservation, and youth.
This funder supports the Flathead Indian Reservation and surrounding areas of Montana on the topics of libraries, education, youth, facility improvements, youth recreation, museums, and local history.
This funder supports Missoula, Montana-area nonprofits in the areas of animal welfare, arts and culture, community/economic development, education, environment, health and human services, kids and youth, and organizational development and capacity building.
This funder provides support to a wide range of nonprofits in the state of Montana. Unsolicited applications are not accepted, as funding is provided only through MCF’s 900+ charitable funds.
This health legacy funder supports public health, American Indian health, and behavioral health in the state of Montana. Open calls for proposals are announced on the funder’s website.
MJF supports the Montana civic and legal aid community with grants. It funds projects and programs throughout the state and accepts unsolicited applications for certain grant categories.
NCF supports charitable causes in and around Nye, Montana. Interests are education, youth, community, and fire and rescue groups. Grants are awarded annually.
The Oro y Plata Foundation supports Montana organizations in the following areas: education, health, housing, poverty, veterans, workforce development, children and families, civic engagement, leadership, community, economic development, hunger/food security, homelessness, Native issues, rural issues, women and girls, and youth development.
This funder supports nonprofits in Park County, Montana, in broad issue areas, including community development, education, health, human services, arts and culture, environment, youth, seniors, and mental health. Annual applications are accepted.
Based in Red Lodge, Montana, this funder supports local efforts related to youth, arts and culture, nonprofit capacity, and building a resilient community. Applications for funding are provided on the foundation’s website.
This Montana funder supports education, health and human services, community service, arts and culture. Unsolicited applications are accepted from nonprofits in the state via online submission.
This funder supports the Whitefish, Montana, region in the areas of health, human services, education, sports and recreation, environment, civic, animals and wildlife, and arts and culture. Some applications can be accessed via their website.
This funder supports projects in Montana that focus on systems change and economic empowerment for women and girls in the state. Letters of intent area accepted during annual grant cycles.
The E.L. Cord Foundation supports secondary education, higher education, social services, youth and culture in Nevada.
The Community Foundation of Western Nevada awards grants in Nevada in the following areas: advocacy, animal welfare, arts and culture, children, conservation and energy, education, food and shelter, health and wellness, and intervention and protection.
The Greenspun Family Foundation invests in children and youth, higher education, the physically and mentally challenged, religion and homelessness causes in Nevada.
The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation supports human services, basic needs, arts and culture, health, animals, recreation, seniors, youth in Nevada.
The Henderson Community Foundation supports children and youth, seniors, human services, hunger, education, homelessness, violence prevention, and other community needs in Southern Nevada.
The Lied Foundation Trust supports human services, basic needs, arts and culture, animals, workforce development in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Nevada Community Foundation supports education, quality of life, human services, women and girls, and other issues in Southern Nevada.
The Nevada Women’s Fund supports efforts that benefit local women and children in Northern Nevada.
The NV Energy Foundation supports arts and culture, education, STEM programs, environment, community enhancement, safety and wellness in Nevada.
The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation supports the Lake Tahoe region of Nevada in the areas of arts, culture, heritage, basic needs, community, education and youth development, environment, recreation, animal welfare, and health and well-being.
The Lied Foundation Trust supports human services, basic needs, arts and culture, animals, workforce development in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The Nell J. Redfield Foundation supports health, medical research, care of handicapped, children, and the aged, education, and religion in Northern Nevada.
The Ashton Family Foundation funds work related to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, education, health and the arts in Utah.
The Bamberger Memorial Foundation funds children and youth, education, crisis care, and protective services efforts in Utah.
The R. Harold Burton Foundation supports education, science, literary, and health causes in the greater Salt Lake City area of Utah.
The Community Foundation of Utah supports community development housing, homelessness, youth, environment, LGBTQ, and women and girls in Utah.
The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation supports arts and culture, social services, education, health care, preservation, and conservation in Utah.
The Marriner S. Eccles Foundation supports higher education, health, arts and culture, and social services in Utah.
The Jon and Karen Huntsman Foundation supports higher education, cancer care, health, local community, and economic development in Utah.
The Kennecott Utah Copper Visitors Center Charitable Foundation supports children, veterans, senior citizens, homelessness, people with disabilities, and low-income populations in Utah.
The LGBTQ Community Fund various needs of local LGBTQ communities throughout Utah.
The Park City Community Foundation supports social justice, natural environment, arts and culture, education, community in greater Park City and Summit County in Utah.
The Ray, Quinney & Nebeker Foundation supports education, justice, health, arts and culture, and human services in Utah.
The Simmons Family Foundation supports education, arts and culture, health, religion, community needs in Utah.
The Snow, Christensen & Martineau Foundation supports human services, arts and culture, health, and education in Utah.
The Stewart Family Foundation supports the arts, education, community activism for change, women and children's issues, and quality of life efforts in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah.
The Dr. W.C. Swanson Family Foundation supports education, arts and culture, human services, the prevention of cruelty to children and animals, health, law enforcement, and social services in Utah.
The Utah Women’s Giving Circle supports various issues that affect local women and girls throughout the state of Utah.
MOUNTAIN STATES FUNDERS AT-LARGE:
The B.W. Bastian Foundation supports the arts, education, equality for the LGBTQ community, and HIV/AIDS programs in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana.
The Helen Close Charitable Foundation supports emergency services, animal welfare, outdoor recreation, human services, and education in Nevada and the adjacent counties of California.
The Carol Franc Buck Foundation supports music, visual and performing arts, and education in the arts in Nevada and elsewhere in the western U.S.
The Louis Calder Foundation supports education reform in Colorado, New York and elsewhere in the United States.
The Daniels Fund supports aging, amateur sports, disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, and youth development in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and New Mexico.
The Dermody Properties Foundation supports the arts, education, family, children, and the elderly in Nevada and other places where the company does business.
The Willard L. Eccles Charitable Foundation supports education, environment, social services, basic science, and healthcare for the underserved in Utah, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Colorado.
The Richard K. and Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation supports arts and culture, environmental stewardship, and self-sufficiency programs in Utah and Idaho.
The Marnell Foundation supports health, children, education, and veterans in Nevada and elsewhere in the U.S.
The MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation supports human services, education, at-risk youth, local parks, arts, health, sports, disaster relief, and Jewish causes in Colorado and beyond.
The MGM Resorts Foundation supports affordable housing, economic opportunity/workforce development, K-12 education, family services, food security, health and wellness, homelessness efforts, services for seniors, and services for veterans and military families in Southern Nevada and other U.S. communities.
The Southwest Gas Corporation Foundation supports community improvement, quality of life, human services, arts and culture, youth, and education in Nevada, Arizona, and parts of California.
The Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle supports safety, health, education, economic advancement, leadership, and personal development in Southern Utah, Northwest Arizona, and Mesquite, Nevada.
The E.L. Wiegand Foundation supports higher education, health, Catholic education, arts and culture, and civic and community affairs in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Arizona, Oregon and Washington.
The Zions Bancorporation Foundation supports affordable housing, arts and culture, community service, diversity, economic development, education, and health and human services in in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho.