Women’s Giving Circle

First meeting of the Women’s Giving Circle on June 14, 2018, Photo by John Walker

The Women’s Giving Circle is a diverse, dynamic and generous group of women engaged in an exciting venture of strategic philanthropy. Organized by the Missoula Community Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of Montana, this year we will collectively pool the resources of local women to leverage their modest gifts into two $10,000 grants for worthy local organizations! The Circle is run by its members, and they will vote on who receives funding.

How to become a member?

Membership is easy. We require a minimum donation of $120 and have a tiered membership to allow for socio-economic diversity. You can become a member today by donating on the form below (click here)  This simple donation will make you a member of the Women’s Giving Circle of Missoula County, allowing you to focus our giving areas each grant cycle and vote for grantees in the year you donate.

Plus, you will get to:

– Find your community of philanthropic sisters.
– Work together with them to invest big dollars for big change.
– Learn how to be a more intentional and impactful giver. 
– Change the world and have fun while you do it! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • You don’t have to be a woman to be part of the Circle, but women will make all of the funding decisions. All members will have an equal vote. Men can attend events, donate, and encourage organizations to apply for grant funds.

  • We want to make sure that women of all income levels can participate in the Women’s Giving Circle. We have monthly giving options so you can stretch your donation throughout the year. 

    Giving Levels:
    Basic level: $120
    Bronze level: $300
    Silver level: $600
    Gold level: $1,200

    A portion of your donation will be invested in the Missoula Community Foundation and Women’s Foundation of Montana to grow women’s philanthropy in our community. 

  • We have yet to determine the focus areas for our 2019 grantmaking cycle, and will convene in the spring to do so. Our 2018 pilot cycle focused on organizations or groups benefiting women and/or children.

  • Emphasis will be on long-term impact and sustainable projects. Grants will not be given for events or scholarships. Grantees will be 501(c)(3) organizations, including fiscally sponsored organizations.

  • Approximate Timeline/Process Dates to be determined

    1. Recruit members and collect pledges
    2. Announce grant opportunity
    3. Nonprofit application period opens
    4. Nonprofit application period closes
    5. Steering Committee evaluates applications
    6. Grant finalists notified
    7. Selection party featuring nonprofit pitches
    8. Online voting closes
    9. Grant winner announced
    10. Grant awarded
  • Active members of the Women’s Giving Circle will be eligible to serve on the steering committee. Terms will be one year in length. This first term will include the pilot grant in 2018 and all of 2019.

    The deadline has passed to apply for the 2018-2019 steering committee.

  • No, it is a program of the Missoula Community Foundation in partnership with the Women’s Foundation of Montana.

  • The membership will decide what will happen to funds raised in excess of $10,000. They may be granted during the current cycle or carried over to seed the next grant cycle.

  • Grantees will be selected according to the following criteria:

    1. 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. Fiscally sponsored organizations are welcome to apply.
    2. Maintain a primary office within Missoula County. Preference will be given to organizations that provide a majority of services to people within Missoula County.
    3. A demonstrated track record of providing services needed by the community.
    4. Adopted or are willing to adopt LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination policies in employment, volunteer and board recruitment and in providing services (sample policies available upon request).
    5. Preference will be given to organizations that can demonstrate collaboration.
    6. Must reflect theme of grant cycle – to be determined.
  • Businesses have the opportunity to sponsor the Women’s Giving Circle. They will not be able to vote for the winning nonprofit but a portion of their contribution will go to the grant recipient. If you are a business sponsor and also an individual member of the circle, you are able to vote.

    Click here to view the Business Partnership Packet>>

    For more information on business involvement contact Nikki at the Missoula Community Foundation, Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org or call 406-926-2846.

Become a Member Today!

Are you ready to make a big impact on your community with other like-minded women? You can become a member by making a secure online donation by filling out the donation form below.  Thanks!

If you would prefer to join via check, please make it out to Missoula Community Foundation and add “Women’s Giving Circle” to the memo line. You may mail the check to P.O. Box 8806, Missoula, MT 59807. Contact Nikki Robb at nikki@missoulacommunityfoundation.org or (406) 926-2846 for assistance.

2018 Grantee Selection Party

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