The Bozeman Area Community Foundation is connecting people who care to causes that matter in the Bozeman area. On March 31st, $20,000 in grant funding was distributed through a competitive grants process to 25 local nonprofits. The Bozeman Area Community Foundation nearly doubled last year’s funding in this grant cycle in an effort to support and promote the valuable work of the Bozeman area’s instrumental nonprofit sector. This year, $10,000 of this grant funding was donated by individual runners and from part of the overall proceeds of this year’s 317 Run to the Pub race event on March 15th.
“With help from 317’s Run to the Pub, we were thrilled to nearly double our grant support for the Bozeman area nonprofit community. Participants who enjoyed this race event had the opportunity to give back to local nonprofits. What a win! Without the generosity of our community, these grants would not be possible. ” said Bridget Wilkinson, Foundation Manager.
Since 1999, the Foundation has grown its assets to nearly $1 million and distributed more than $173,000 in grants and other support to 75+ local nonprofit organizations.
“In addition to grantmaking, our goal is to help support the area’s vibrant nonprofit community to provide opportunities for collaboration, education, and engagement. The Foundation hosts monthly “Nonprofit Café” gatherings for nonprofit leaders and volunteers and provides a weekly e-newsletter to share what’s happening in the community.
Finally, the Foundation helps community members learn about opportunities to give in the community and how they can make the greatest impact with their time, talent, and resources,” said Wilkinson. As part of this, the Foundation manages donor-advised funds and endowments for local organizations. Combined, these managed funds contributed an additional $13,650 to our community this year.
Community foundations are independent, public entities that steward philanthropic resources from institutional and individual donors to local nonprofits that are the heart of strong, vibrant communities. Community foundations represent one of the fastest-growing forms of philanthropy. Every state is home to at least one community foundation—large and small, urban and rural—that is advancing solutions to a wide range of social issues.
“Bozeman Area Community Foundation is a small community foundation. We partner with philanthropists in the greater Bozeman area including communities like Belgrade, Big Sky, and Manhattan, to give back and support our robust and diverse community of nonprofits,” said Foundation President Mike Augustine.