Our Mission & Purpose
The Bozeman Area Community Foundation improves quality of life for our community by promoting charitable giving, connecting donors with causes they care about and providing leadership on important community issues.
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 assets to nearly $1 million and distributed more than $300,000 in grants to 100+ local nonprofit organizations. In 2014, the Foundation nearly doubled its giving from 2013 by distributing $20,000 through our competitive grants cycle to 25 local nonprofit organizations!
The Foundation strives to serve its community through grant-making, supporting local non-profits, nurturing a culture of giving, and undertaking leadership projects.
In 2002, the Bozeman Area Community Foundation held and managed endowments on behalf of a few nonprofits as a entirely board-led entity. 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 Executive Director, Bridget Wilkinson.