The Planned Giving Foundation of Montana was established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation in 1998. Initially, the Foundation offered financial services for donors to support local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation also held and managed endowments on behalf of a few nonprofits. In 2002, the name was changed to Bozeman Area Community Foundation to better describe the Foundation’s expanding mission. And in 2008, Bozeman Area Community Foundation embarked on a strategic planning process to strengthen the Foundation and enhance its role to meet the area’s growing population and the evolving needs of community donors and nonprofits. In 2013, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation hired their first Foundation Manager, Bridget Wilkinson.
Mission & Purpose
Bozeman Area Community Foundation’s mission is to enhance the present and future quality of living in our community through innovative charitable activities that provide leadership, identify charitable needs, and galvanize resources. The Foundation serves donors by facilitating local philanthropy, and carrying out donor wishes in an impartial manner without any race, creed, religious or political affiliation. The Foundation administers grants to local charities through an annual grant cycle and by managing endowment funds for nonprofits.
In 2009, Bozeman Area Community Foundation adopted a vision for the organization and community. We began to offer more programming for our local nonprofits, hosting monthly Nonprofit Café gatherings, distributing a weekly e-newsletter, and offering training opportunities. In 2011, with the support of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch Fund, we conducted a Nonprofit Needs Assessment survey to gain insight about the sector we serve and its challenges and opportunities.
In late 2011 and early 2012, we expanded our board membership and established committees to oversee our focus areas: including Finance, Grants, Advancement, Best Practices, Programming & Outreach, Donor Stewardship & Fundraising, and Executive committees.
Since 1999, the Foundation has grown its endowment to almost $1 million and distributed more than $125,000 in grants to 50+ local nonprofit organizations. In 2013, the Foundation distributed $13,680 through our competitive grants cycle to 15 local nonprofit organizations.
The Foundation strives to serve its community through grantmaking, supporting local non-profits, nurturing a culture of giving, and undertaking leadership projects.