Missoula Community Foundation

OVERVIEW: This funder supports Missoula, Montana-area nonprofits working in animal welfare, arts and culture, community/economic development, education, environment, health and human services, kids and youth, and organizational development and capacity building.

FUNDING AREAS: Animal welfare, arts and culture, community/economic development, education, environment, health and human services, kids and youth, organizational development and capacity building

IP TAKE: Like many forward-thinking community foundations, MCF is interested in capacity-building efforts for local nonprofits. Nearly any issue area is considered here, so pitch an idea for organizational leadership training.

PROFILE: The Missoula Community Foundation (MCF) is based in Missoula, Montana, and supports local philanthropy in the region. It was established in 2001 as the Celebrate Missoula Community Foundation and as a Lee Enterprises and Missoulian project. After initially awarding small grants up to $2,000, the funder reorganized in 2007 and changed its name. Since then, MCF has controlled over $3 million in assets and partnered with the Western Montana Community Foundation to award grants. In a seven-year period, MCF gave approximately $135,000 to more than 60 projects.

Grantmaking interests for MCF are animal welfare, arts and culture, community/economic development, education, environment, health and human services, kids and youth, and organizational development and capacity building. In a recent year, they had a little over $8,000 to give out in grant awards: those funds were divided between the Missoula Gives program, the Missoula Project for Nonprofit Excellence, Friends of the Historical Museum at Fort Missoula, the Roxy ReDeco Project to restore the classic Art Deco theater, and rehabilitation programs inside the Missoula County Jail.

A list of grants by year is here. Grantees include the Animal Food Bank, Brain Injury Alliance of Missoula, Missoula Community Chorus, the Clay Studio of Missoula, and Xtreme Sports 4 Veterans.

To apply for a grant, nonprofits should contact MCF at info@missoulacommunityfoundation.org. Current application guidelines can be found on the How to Apply page of the funder’s website. MCF also established a Youth Philanthropy Club to teach local youth about philanthropy and civic responsibility. A scholarship program helps Missoula-area high school students attend post-secondary schools as well. 

The foundation is led by a board of directors, which has about nine members, and a staff of three members. The staff includes executive director Meredith Printz, program associate Nikki Robb, and director of Climate Smart Missoula Amy Climburg.

General questions can be called into foundation staff at 406-926-2846. The mailing address is P.O. Box 8806, Missoula, Montana 59806. Keep up with the foundation at its news and events section.

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