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

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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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Decorate a Lantern and walk in the Festival of the Dead Parade with us.

Celebrate Missoula’s Festival of the Dead by carrying a lantern that memorializes a loved one or honors a Missoula non-profit organization. Community members are invited to decorate a lantern at this family-friendly and FREE event. The Missoula Community Foundation will provide lanterns and the art supplies to decorate them. Feel free to bring photos and other mementos to attach to your lantern. Carrying a lantern in the parade provides Missoulians a medium to express their own feelings about life and death, and celebrate the beauty of leaving a legacy.

We will be holding 2 Lantern Making Workshops this year. So join us and walk with the Missoula Community Foundation in the Festival of the Dead Parade.

The events are hosted by the Zootown Arts Community Center, 235 N 1st Street West.

When: October 22nd, 2016 – 2:00-4:00pm

November 2nd, 2016 – 2:00-5:00pm (before the parade)

More information: To RSVP, contact Nikki Robb at 406-926-2846 or visit the Missoula Festival of the Dead Facebook page.

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Meet the Newest Investors in Your Community: Martin and Kathy McAllister

img_6321The newest investors in our community, Martin and Kathy McAllister, moved to Missoula in 1996 from Duluth, Minnesota, and immediately set to work making a positive impact. Kathy served as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Northern Region for the U.S. Forest Service until her retirement in 2008, and Martin runs a Missoula-based firm that works to bust archaeological looters and train law enforcement officials and archeologists on how to protect cultural sites—basically the “C.S.I.” of archaeological crimes.

Martin and Kathy are also active members of the community, and recently dedicated some of their estate funds to three of their favorite organizations: Five Valleys Land Trust, YWCA Missoula, and the Missoula Community Foundation. They did so through a unique tax credit incentive aimed at encouraging individuals, businesses, and organizations to make lasting investments in their communities by giving to Montana endowments.

What makes you proud to be a Missoulian?

Kathy: All of the interest in open space, outdoor recreation, making land accessible for anybody who wants to be on it and use it, and the level of commitment the community has to community well being. And it’s so dog friendly! This is the longest we’ve ever lived any place. We have stronger roots here than any place else.

Martin: I just love everything about Missoula. I love its size, I love the whole community. I suppose there are times during the winter months when I wish it were warmer and a little less grey.

What does it mean to you to leave a legacy for your community?

Martin: Being an archeologist, I’m all about legacies. To me it means that you’re making a contribution to seeing the things that you believe in go on beyond your lifetime.

Kathy: Besides the Community Foundation, the YWCA and Five Valleys Land Trust are just so important from our perspective about what they do for the community in terms of both the environment and women and children’s issues and needs. When you talk to Dale [Woolhiser, founding board member of the Missoula Community Foundation] about community foundations, it’s just an amazing resource. To be part of that is rewarding.

Martin: A lot of people would probably sit around and say that’s something that’d be nice to do, but I don’t want to make the effort to do it. I don’t want to take the time, do all the research, and so on. The Missoula Community Foundation just makes it so easy to do it. I think that’s very important.

How has designating part of your estate to benefit Missoula changed you?

Martin: It makes you feel good; you realize that instead of leaving [your estate] to a family member, which isn’t going to have any kind of beneficial effect in the larger perspective, you’re going to do something good for the community.

Kathy: Martin is still working. I worked for the Forest Service for almost 35 years. To think that you didn’t work that hard just to have material things in your life, that there are resources available to you to make something happen for other people—that’s good. I don’t feel like we’re going to get a Nobel Peace Prize or the door to heaven will be immediately open to us. But it’s good.

With so many great organizations to support, why did you choose to support the Missoula Community Foundation?

Kathy: The Missoula Community Foundation was just this nice vehicle to make a lot of this stuff happen; why wouldn’t we want to make sure that the Community Foundation got some resources into perpetuity, too, so that they could keep going?

Martin: The Community Foundation makes it all happen, so obviously you have to think about them as well as these other causes that you have. And we really like Meredith and we really like Dale.

What would you say to someone considering making an estate gift through the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit?

Kathy and Martin (at the same time): Do it.

Kathy: Do it if you have the resources and can make that kind of a gift. I don’t know how long it’s going to be there, but for right now, it’s a great tax advantage. Just the idea that you’ve got resources headed someplace, where they can benefit the community after you’re gone, is a good thing.

Martin: We made the estate gift because we love Missoula, but the tax advantage was astounding this year. It was impressive.

What do you think people should know about the Missoula Community Foundation?

Martin: A lot of people don’t want to talk about estate planning because you have to acknowledge your own mortality. As Amy [Sullivan, director of the Montana Office of Planned Giving] has pointed out: If you don’t have a will, the state of Montana will be happy to distribute your assets for you, but do you really want that to happen? I think that’s what the Missoula Community Foundation does, it’s this vehicle that educates people about planned giving and makes it real easy for them to do it.

At the Missoula Community Foundation, we believe that everyone can be a philanthropist regardless of their financial resources. Do you see yourselves as philanthropists?

Martin: That’s a loaded word in my mind. Philanthropy. I’m not a Rockefeller or something like that. But if you probably looked up the definition of that word, it would be helping other people without any expectation that you would get anything in return. That’s what philanthropy is in my mind. So, yes, I think everybody can be a philanthropist, and I think we are. We could take that money and squander it throughout the course of our lifetime or leave it to our sisters and let them squander it. And we’ve chosen not to.

Kathy: It’s probably something that we should have been doing 30 years ago. You go through your life when you’re younger thinking: I need to have this money. And here we are now in our 60s, where financially we are in a position to do something with our money besides spending it on ourselves.

From the perspective of sitting on the board of Five Valleys Land Trust: Every dollar helps. If you can give an organization $25, that’s money that they didn’t have that they can put to good work. You don’t have to have thousands of dollars to support the organizations that are important to you. You just have to be willing to support them. Maybe it’s not even money. Maybe it’s time. Maybe you volunteer to help with the girls program at Y or pick up trash for Five Valleys. There’s lots to do.

Any last words?

Martin: You really need to plan. You need to think about the long-term and what you want to have happen to your resources after you’re gone. That’s what the Missoula Community Foundation does.

Kathy: Being on the board of the Five Valleys Land Trust I know how hard that organization works to garner donor support and complete projects that make western Montana the special place it is…it’s really important work and its hard work. We would be so much poorer, as a Missoula society, if these organizations weren’t out there doing what they do. We are pleased to be able to contribute towards their successful futures.

Consider dedicating part of your estate to the Missoula Community Foundation to ensure your community remains a vibrant place to live for future generations. To find out how you can take advantage of the Montana Charitable Endowment Tax Credit, contact Meredith Printz at meredith@missoulacommunityfoundation.org or 406-926-2846.

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Your Legacy: Family, Church and Charity

Are there people and organizations in your life that you care about and want to help sustain financially? If there are people or causes you care about, we can help you uncover ways to enrich their futures and unleash your generosity.

Join us for this complimentary presentation hosted by the Missoula Community Foundation with guest speakers Mike Darrington of Thrivent Financial and Amy Sullivan of the Montana Community Foundation, and learn how to ensure your legacy lives on.

To RSVP, contact Nikki Robb at Nikki@MissoulaCommunityFoundation.org or call (406) 926-2846

WHEN:        Wednesday, October 12th  –  5:30-7:30PM

WHERE:      City Life Community Center  –  1515 Fairview Ave. –  Missoula, MT

COST:          Free

 

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Human Capital Campaign Underway-Donate Now!

Human capital is Missoula’s greatest asset, yet it’s one that’s easy to take for granted.

The organizations that serve food to the hungry, care for homeless animals, and advocate for protection of our public lands are all run by people. People who are intelligent, passionate, and innovative.

Some organizations hold capital campaigns to raise money to buy a building or an important piece of equipment. At the Missoula Community Foundation, we are holding a Human Capital Campaign to support a critical position in our organization.

This fall, our program associate Caroline Lauer will begin a master’s program at Harvard University. Also in September, the anonymous donor who generously funded Caroline’s position for the past year will end her monthly contributions.

Caroline has played an important role in coordinating successful community events like Give Local Missoula and the Elf Project that benefit the strong network of nonprofits in our town. She provided critical program coordination and outreach assistance, and also supported a new signature program, Climate Smart Missoula.

We will miss Caroline, but now is the time to fund her replacement. With your help we can raise enough to fund the Education & Outreach* and Program Coordination* functions of the position for one year.

We hope you will help us reach our Human Capital Campaign goal of $19,000, or 60% of the position’s salary, with a monthly gift of $10, $25, or a financial level you can afford.

It’s easy to give monthly, simply visit the donate page on our website

As a monthly donor, your dollars provide a steady source of income we can count on, in good times and lean ones. It’s also helpful for your cash flow, allowing you to make a generous gift more comfortably.

The Missoula community is filled with people who care about making positive change in the world. With your backing of our Human Capital Campaign, we can do an even better job helping folks give back to the community we all love.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Meredith Printz, Executive Director

Missoula Community Foundation

 P.S. Your monthly donation to our Human Capital Campaign is tax-deductible. Please give as generously as you are able. Thanks!

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Meet Nikki Robb-New Program Associate

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We’re pleased to introduce you to our newest staff member, Program Associate Nikki Robb. Nikki will support our fundraising, outreach, and marketing efforts.

Q: What brought you to Missoula?

A: I am actually from Missoula. Well, my parents moved me here in the 4th grade. I stayed here until age 23 when I decided to leave town to finish college. I was gone from Montana for about 10 years.

Q: What are your favorite things about the city?

A: Favorite things about Missoula, huh, too many to count. But some of my favorite things here are the mountains, the rivers, and the music scene. Also, the people; Missoulians are outgoing, progressive, kind, giving, healthy and happy (for the most part). Its a blessing to be surrounded by such great people.

Q: How did you first learn about the Missoula Community Foundation?

A: I believe I first learned of the Missoula Community Foundation while working as a PR assistant here in Missoula. My first real introduction to the community foundation was during Give Local 2015. A friend and colleague of mine recommended I get involved with the Give Local Missoula marketing team.

Q: What are you most excited about working on in your new role at MissoulaCF?

A: Well, I am a big fan of Give Local. I love the massive community involvement. I’ve always enjoyed fundraising and fundraising for so many local non-profits all at the same time is just fun! My new role here at the community foundation is Program Associate. I am also looking forward to developing and growing our current programs and future programs to come.

Q: Describe your career background.

A: I went to school at California State University, Chico. I paid my way through college in the food and beverage industry, but while I was there I began fundraising for local non-profits. My degrees are in Recreation Administration; they are Special Events and Tourism as well as Hotel, Lodging and Management, with a minor in marketing. After graduation I took an internship in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. There I worked for Meegan Jones, event sustainability guru. We did event sustainability/green consulting and worked on an event sustainability measurement program. I lived there for over a year, working with Meegan and working large music festivals and conferences around the country. I worked many angles, from volunteer coordination, sustainability/green team, recycling manager, waste management, vendor coordinator, hospitality and more. After living overseas I decided it was time to return home to Montana. Upon my return I started working as an executive assistant. Once assimilated back into Montana life I wanted to get back into fundraising. I started working with local non-profits to throw their annual fundraisers, which led me to start my own event coordination and consulting company, NR Event Partners. I have been operating that company here in Missoula the last couple of years.

Q: If you could add one resource to the city, what would it be?

A: I would bring in more sustainable resource practices. Green practices are growing here, but have a long way to go. I am concerned with waste management. I would love to see better recycling programs here. Currently we can’t even sustainably recycle glass and many other wastes. Most of us that live in Missoula live here for the beautiful surroundings and easy access to nature, I wish it was easier for us all to take better care of this special town.

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