Legacy Planning: Caring for Your Family and Community

Marsha Goetting: MSU photo by Kelly GorhamPlan Your Legacy Like a Rockefeller, Even If You’re Not Wealthy

What: Although no one wants to talk about estate planning, everyone wants to ensure their loved ones are taken care of after their passing. The Missoula Community Foundation is hosting two free seminars on how to leave a legacy for family, friends, and the community—even if your bank account doesn’t look like Rockefeller’s.

Dr. Marsha A. Goetting, a professor and extension family economics specialist at Montana State University, will teach participants how to jump-start legacy preparations to ensure that their generosity continues in perpetuity. Each seminar is free, open to the public and will feature light food and beverages.
Why: Even if you don’t own an oil empire, chances are you have some type of property – an automobile, home, savings account, or mutual funds. Most people don’t know that the wording on those accounts, titles, or deeds could determine who receives the assets they’ve worked so hard to acquire. Or that they can receive up to $10,000 in tax credits for contributing to a Montana endowment. Dr. Marsha Goetting will share information on how average Montanans can make an exceptional impact with their legacy.

Who: This free event is hosted by the Missoula Community Foundation and open to Missoulians of any age or financial standing. Marsha A. Goetting is a professor and extension family economics specialist at Montana State University. During the past seven years she has reached more than 13,000 Montanans with financial and estate planning information. She has received state, regional and national state awards for her programs.

When/Where: Wednesday, January 24, 2018

11:00am-1:00pm at the Missoula Public Library, 301 E. Main St.
Please bring your lunch. Beverages and dessert provided.
4:00pm – 6:00pm at the Missoula Senior Center, 705 S. Higgins Ave.
Light snacks and beverages included.

More information: To RSVP, contact Nikki Robb at nikki@missoulacommunityfoundation.org, call 406-926-2846, or follow this link>>

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Event Registration: Fundraising in these Weird Times

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We are excited to present a full-day workshop
by nationally
renowned fundraising expert Kim Klein.

Regardless of where you or your nonprofit sits on the political spectrum, there is no doubt that your ability to raise the money you need has changed in some way.  Further, it is a sure bet that your nonprofit organization will need more money going forward (when has that not been true?) and that competition for charitable dollars will increase. Creating or expanding a robust fundraising program is imperative in these unreliable times. The good news is that raising more money is possible. 

In this workshop you will learn:

  • why focusing on individuals builds power as well as income
  • how to build a team of people willing to ask
  • why sorting your donors into segments will lead to more loyalty and more income
  • how to get donors to find donors

This workshop will be most helpful to organizations with an established donor base of at least 100 donors, and most helpful to organizations sending more than one person to the training.

When: Wednesday, January 3, 2018, 9am-4pm
Where: The Roxy Theater, 718 S. Higgins Ave.
Cost: Early Bird Rate (before Dec. 15) $75 for the first person from the organization; $50 for the second. After Dec. 15th, $100 for the first person, $75 for the second.
Lunch and snacks provided.

About Kim Klein
Kim Klein is an internationally known trainer, speaker and author, well known for her ability to deliver information in a practical, down-to-earth and humorous way.  She has a wide range of nonprofit experience, having worked as staff and as a volunteer and a board member.

Kim is the author of five books, including Reliable Fundraising in Unreliable Times, which won the McAdam Book Award.  Her classic text, Fundraising for Social Change, now in its seventh edition, is widely used in the field and in university degree programs.

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Want to Have Fun While Helping Missoula?

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We’re looking for folks to bring their best ideas to help make Missoula Gives 2018 the most successful community-wide fundraiser yet. The Missoula Gives Task Force is for creative thinkers and big dreamers–folks who can get things done and have a great time in the process! Last year Missoula Gives raised more than $300,000 for 155 nonprofits. Let’s make next year even more successful! Click here to contact Nikki Robb for more information on joining the Missoula Gives Task Force.

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What a Nebraska Town Can Teach Us About Giving


Shickley Community Foundation Fund supports the preschool program by providing funding for playground equipment and other needs. Photo credit: Bobbi and Steve Olson

Shickley, Nebraska, isn’t so very different from Missoula. The people living there have big ideas, big hearts, and big dreams for their future. They invest their time and money in parks, the school, a wellness center, and more. All of these amenities are made possible largely through an unrestricted endowment put into place by the Shickley Community Foundation. With a population of only 341 people, the fund started small. Fifteen years later, it holds nearly $2 million in endowed assets, and its granting capacity has reached

$60,000 and will only grow.

Shickley is an inspiration—a model of what can be accomplished when community members come together to give back to the place they love. A town of 341 residents with an endowment of nearly $2 million! Imagine what we, a community of 116,000, could do?

The Missoula Community Foundation is starting a special campaign to build an endowment for our community, one that will help meet the needs of our town as we grow. In the next couple weeks we will send out information about how you can support the Missoula Forever Fund, our community’s endowment.

Just like Shickley, we have big ideas, big hearts, and big dreams for our future. Together we can make those dreams come true! Stay tuned to learn how.

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Congratulations to our 2017 Scholarship Winners

These 2017 graduates will embark on their first semester of college at a post-secondary school somewhere in Montana. Congrats to this year’s winners, we wish you the best of luck!

Clockwise: Molly MacDonald (Sentinel H.S.), Darian Rehder (Big Sky H.S.), Kayla Sawyer (Willard H.S.) and Trevor Finney (Frenchtown H.S.)


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Community Donations Surpass $300,000 Missoula Gives Goal!

Community Donations Surpass $300,000 Missoula Gives Goal
Fundraising Drive to Continue until End of May

MISSOULA, MT — 2,400 Missoulians responded with generosity to calls from local nonprofits to raise funds for projects that benefit their community. Missoula Gives, the 24-hour in-person and online fundraiser organized by the Missoula Community Foundation, generated $288,000 during the May 4-5 event, falling just short of the fundraising goal. But Missoulians and charities rallied over the past week to help bridge the gap, bringing the new total to $308,000. Donations will continue to be collected through the end of May on www.MissoulaGives.org.

“Our community’s kindness has truly been amazing, said Meredith Printz, executive director of the Missoula Community Foundation. “This is the most successful Missoula Gives to date, and it shows how powerful Missoulians are when they join together to support the organizations that make our town unique.”

Missoula donors gave between $5 to $34,000 to benefit 155 organizations with a range of missions, including protecting open space and local agriculture, supporting survivors of domestic violence, aiding refugees, incorporating arts in schools and assisting veterans.

Awards: (Full list of winners may be found on www.MissoulaGives.org/prizes)
Most Funds Raised: Poverello Center – $20,327.32

Most Donors: Buffalo Field Campaign – 183

Greatest Increase in Donations from Last Year: Soft Landing Missoula

Greatest Number of Donors from New Participant: Harriet Anderson Memorial Foundation

Missoula Gives has raised more than $920,000 since it began in 2014. The statewide MT Gives campaign raised more than $1.2 million from 7975 donors to benefit 609 organizations. This year’s premier sponsor was the Missoula Federal Credit Union. Good Food Store, Community Medical Center, KPAX, Missoula Broadcasting Company and Karl Tyler Chevrolet provided additional support.

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You Know Missoula, You Love Missoula- Help Us Plan for the Future

With your guidance, we are developing a three-year strategic plan for how best to serve the needs of our growing community. Your input will help determine our role in promoting Missoula’s vitality and wellbeing. As a show of appreciation for completing this brief survey, we will offer $200 to one lucky participant’s favorite nonprofit. The survey will close on May 12; we hope to hear from you before then!  Click here to participate >>

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Nonprofits- Missoula Gives Registration Now Open

MG+MCF_Horizontal-byMissoula Gives Registration Now Open!
The name has changed but the idea is the same. On May 4th and 5th from 6pm-6pm, the community will come together to give back to the nonprofits that help make Missoula a wonderful place to live. Formerly Give Local Missoula, Missoula Gives is a powerful and growing 24-hour, online and in-person giving event organized by the Missoula Community Foundation (MissoulaCF) to grow philanthropy in the Missoula area by connecting donors to the nonprofits that make our town so special. From January 18-April 7th, nonprofits can sign up to participate in Missoula Gives. Typically, more than 130 nonprofits participate each year. Our community has given more than $640,000 to local nonprofits over the first three years of the program. And with a minimum donation of $10, anyone can be a philanthropist!

Click here to visit the Missoula Gives website>>

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Elf Project- Nominate Your Favorite Nonprofit to Win Cash & Goodies!

It’s the perfect season to give back to your favorite local nonprofits who work so hard all year to make our community a better place. Answer three simple questions to nominate one to win some holiday cash and a goodie basket. We will be accepting nominations through December 12th. Then on December 16th, Missoula Community Foundation staff and board members will don elf hats and will hand-deliver the baskets and checks to the worthy organizations.

Thank you for joining in the fun!

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YOU Can Start a Ripple of Philanthropy-Find out How!

We’re often dreaming up fun ways to help nonprofit organizations raise money. Here’s one we recently hatched: A Ripple Rapple.

Named for the Ripple Effect, the Ripple Rapple is akin to a raffle, except instead of benefiting just one organization, it supports five. Those “p”s aren’t just for show, they stand for “promoting philanthropy,” which is what the Missoula Community Foundation is all about.

We’re giving away 40% of all Ripple Rapple proceeds. By purchasing a ticket, you are giving your favorite  local organization a chance to win 10% of funds raised. How much that ends up being is up to all of us.

Click on the infographic below to purchase a ticket. Thank you for creating a a ripple of philanthropy!



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