We Raised Over $1M!

Missoula & Bitterroot Gives Raised Over $1 Million This Year!

The Missoula & Bitterroot Gives community fundraising event wrapped up last night and raised $1.1 million for area nonprofits. An initiative of the Missoula Community Foundation, Missoula & Bitterroot Gives supported over a 195 nonprofit organizations this year in Missoula and Ravalli Counties.

“This day tells such a wonderful story of who we are as a community, it celebrates the work of our nonprofits but also the generous individuals and businesses that give,” said Marcy Allen, Executive Director of the Missoula Community Foundation. “We had 196 organization raise funds and share their stories this year, a record. 245 nonprofit staff attended our pre-day trainings. We had 6,340 donations and of those 1215 were new donors to an organization. The day comes together because of hundreds of people and organizations planning the event and working behind the scenes. It is truly remarkable to see Missoula come together like this and support our non-profit sector.”

The money raised isn’t the only benefit to the organizations that participate. The campaign also provides a structure for non-profit staff, volunteers and board members to work together to reach their goals. We had 172 peer to peer fundraising who brought in almost $200,000.

“Missoula Gives platform provides a great framework for nonprofits at any level to raise funds. We hear so many great stories throughout the day, my favorite this year was about a donor who told the person who had solicited him to give ‘Thank you for asking me to give, it brought me such joy’. There is so much joy in giving and I hope every felt some of that yesterday” Allen explained.

The Missoula Community Foundation has hosted Missoula Gives since 2014 and in that time has raised over $6 million for area nonprofits. The foundation also manages charitable funds, connects donors and causes, and is a resource for planned giving.

The day officially ended at 7PM on the 5th but donations can be made through May 13th at MissoulaGives.org.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Missoula and Bitterroot Gives, May 2 & 3, 2024!

Registration for nonprofits opens always opens on February 1st.

See you next year!

Missoula Gives 2023

It’s Time for Missoula Gives 2023

Registration is Live!

Here we go! It’s time to register your organization for Missoula Gives & Bitterroot Gives 2023. We are excited to get underway and encourage our nonprofit partners to register early so you and your colleagues can attend training webinars, ask questions and be fully engaged with all of our resources before the big day.

Our goal is to raise $1.5 million this year and support Missoula & Bitterroot nonprofits, not just monetarily, but with tools and resources to help them grow and continue to serve the needs of our communities.

Polly with Imagine Nation Brewing for Missoula Gives 2022.

We are teaming up with Giving Days across the state on our virtual trainings again this year. Join us for a series of information-packed Webinars that will help you maximize the impact of Missoula Gives — and learn from experts as well as your peers. 

And we hope you will participate in these special efforts that will increase community engagement and support of Missoula Gives.

  • 30-Second Ad Challenge
    • Nonprofits create a 30-second ad and submit it to our voting platform, then the public votes. The winners will have their ad run on KPAX TV and Social Media the week leading up to Missoula Gives. This is a great way to share your story and build interest leading up to the day.
  • Polly Photo Contest
    • Our mascot Polly (the pollinator of philanthropy) will be out-and-about town the week leading up to Missoula Gives. Snap a photo with Polly and enter to win a MG Gift Card to use to support your favorite causes.

We are delighted to host this giving day for the good of Missoula, thank you for partnering with us!

$1.25M+ Raised for Missoula Gives 2022!

$1.25 Million Raised for Local Nonprofits

Nonprofits across Missoula and Hamilton raked in $1.2 million during this year’s Missoula Gives community fundraising event, which ended on Friday night.

Of the 180 nonprofits in this year’s event, 25 were new.

“Over 3,600 people donated to this year’s campaign – and hundreds more were involved in planning the event and working behind the scenes,” said Marcy Allen, executive director of the Missoula Community Foundation. “It’s truly remarkable to see Missoula come together like this and support our non-profit sector.”….Read More

Missoula Gives Beer Collaboration

Missoula Community Foundation, Imagine Nation Brewing Co.launch 2022 Missoula Gives; BEE the Change Honey Pale Ale hits shelves and taps today

Missoula, MT- Missoula Community Foundation has partnered with Imagine Nation Brewing Co. to offer a little something extra this year as the foundation gears up for Missoula Gives May 5 and 6. Bee the Change Honey Pale Ale hits local shelves and taps today to raise awareness of the annual community fundraising event that raised more than $1.2M in 2021.

“We are so excited to partner with Imagine Nation on this launch,” said Marcy Allen, executive director of Missoula Community Foundation. “The Missoula Community Foundation and Imagine Nation Brewing have giving back at the core of our work and this collaboration feels like a natural fit.”

(From left to right) Robert Rivers, Polly, Fernanda M.B. Krum, and Toby Benjamin.

More than 180 nonprofits will set individual goals and promote their mini-fundraising campaigns during Missoula Gives this year with a collective goal of raising more than $1.5 M for Missoula area nonprofits.

“Missoula Gives relies on a deep sense of community and philanthropy,” Allen said. “And no one embodies that more than Fernanda and Robert and the team at Imagine Nation Brewing. We’re so grateful for their support.”

Imagine Nation Brewing Co., known for its deep community ties and for supporting nonprofit organizations from the sale of its short-run ales, will donate all profits from Bee the Change Honey Ale to Missoula Gives stretch pool. This collaboration is a little bittersweet for owners Fernanda Menna Barreto Krum and Robert Rivers as this may be one of their last as owners of the brewery they’ve worked hard to build.

“When we started the brewery we wanted to create a space where dialogue and community conversation were as important as the beer we were brewing,” said Krum. “We wanted to fuel social change by bringing people together to joyfully address the challenges of our time.”

And they have done just that. Imagine Nation Brewing Co. is a center for community transformation that has hosted more than 4,100 events at its West Broadway, riverfront location, it has supported more than 500 organizations and has given back an average of 25% of its profits to the community. After 7 years in Missoula and with rich memories of all of the people they’ve met here, Krum and Rivers are feeling pulled to return to what they call their “life’s work” – helping people in conflict zones across the world. As they navigate the final details of their leaving – the sale of the brewery and their legacy – the collaboration with Missoula Community Foundation seemed a perfect one on which to take a final bow.

“We have hosted Missoula Gives celebration parties and have always applauded them for their approach of supporting other organizations through the work they do. We see the increase in their impact through Missoula Gives and we are beyond honored to be the ones whom they thought to partner with on this project,” Krum said. “This is our chance to give back to Missoula Gives and the Missoula Community Foundation as a whole.”

You can purchase the beer at our partners Imagine Nation Brewing, Good Food Store, Pattee Creek Market, and Worden’s Market. Drink beer and give back. To participate in Missoula and Bitterroot Gives visit Missoulagives.org and find one of the over 180 organizations that match your passion.

The  Missoula Community Foundation’s, mission is to enhance community vitality by inspiring community giving and strengthening nonprofits in the focus areas of education, arts and culture, and community care.  We do this work through our programs, services, and fund management.  We envision a thriving, engaged, and inclusive community.

Imagine Nation Brewing is the country’s first combination of microbrewery and center for community transformation. Through innovative beers, a celebratory atmosphere, a riverfront beer garden, and a vibrant community center, INBC addresses the critical challenges of our time and supports people in their own transformation so they are better prepared to authentically connect and transform the world around them.

Missoula Gives brings in more than $1M, surpassing goal

The Missoulian reported that,

“The Missoula Community Foundation raised more than $1 million during its annual 26-hour fundraiser, Missoula Gives, which the nonprofit said is unprecedented after such a hard year.

‘We set an ambitious goal for $1M this year and we are humbled and honored that our community stepped up to meet it,’ said Marcy Allen, executive director of Missoula Community Foundation. ‘We couldn’t be more grateful.’

More than 150 nonprofits set individual goals and promoted their mini campaigns throughout the fundraising event May 6 and 7. The collective amount raised contributed the most significant day of community giving this year. “

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